Impossible Dialogue

27 March 2009, Oxford Brookes University

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Joseph Beuys' Irish Energies (reconstruction) 2007 by Sean Lynch; peat briquettes, butter; original made in 1974

On one of his frequent visits to Ireland in 1974, the German artist, Joseph Beuys constructed this, obviously fleeting, piece. Over thirty years later, one of Ireland's leading young artists, Sean Lynch, reconstructed the piece, a gesture that is consistent with Lynch’s ongoing, Benjaminian, reclamation of the discarded fragments of the Irish historical landscape.

Schedule

9.30 Welcome at Oxford Brookes, Board Room 1

9.45-10.15 Lyman Tower Sargent (Oxford), Colonial and Postcolonial Utopias

10.15-10.45 Eoin Flannery (Oxford Brookes), Irish Postcolonial Criticism and the Utopian Impulse

11.00 Tea/Coffee

11.30-12.00 Michael Griffin (Limerick), Fictions of Freedom: The Utopian Colony in Eighteenth-Century Ireland

12.00-12.30 Nicole Pohl (Oxford Brookes), Ireland, Utopia and Nostalgia

12.45-14.00 Lunch

14.00-14.30 Virginia Crossman (Oxford Brookes), Imagining the new Ireland: nationalism, utopianism and nostalgia

14.30-15.00 Tea/Coffee

15.00-16.00 Roundtable Discussion hosted by Tom Moylan (Limerick)

19.30 Conference Dinner at Loch Fyne Restaurant
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