Research Associates 2020
Each year five CCA Research Associates are selected through an open call (with at least two from Northern Ireland) for emerging research-based practices. CCA Research Associates have extensive access to our archives and networks with the potential to develop longer-term projects with CCA and our wider Programmes. An annual event brings the associates to CCA to share their practices with each other and our audiences through workshops/performance/lecture. We work with the Associates to secure funding for travel/materials/accommodation and act as critical friends to help them develop their practices. The 2020 CCA Research Associates are Renèe Helèna Browne, Alessia Cargnelli, Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Borbála Soós and Katharina Stadler. Scroll down for more on the cohort.
Meet our Research Associates for 2020:
Renèe Helèna Browne, Alessia Cargnelli, Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Borbála Soós and Katharina Stadler.
The 2020 cohort are joined by the 2021 Research Associates:
Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell, Chinasa Vivian Ezugha, Marie-Andrée Pellerin, Ben Weir, Frances Whorrall-Campbell.
Renèe Helèna Browne is an Irish artist based between Glasgow and Donegal. Through an analysis of specific historical and contemporary narratives, Browne is concerned with feminist epistemology and the bodily experiences of that knowledge. This research is formed through video, writing, sound, and drawing. They are currently graduate in resident at Hospitalfield, Scotland and recently presented work at the Glasgow School of Art MFA Degree Show 2019, Ones to Watch at CitizenM Hotel, Glasgow, Edinburgh Art Festival 2018, CCA Glasgow and Hotel Maria Kapel, The Netherlands.
Alessia Cargnelli is a visual artist, programmer and researcher based in Belfast. Former co-director of artist-led gallery Catalyst Arts, Alessia is currently a PhD researcher at the Belfast School of Art. Her project is focused contemporary artist’s initiatives dedicated to social justice, civil action and activism in the island of Ireland. Along with artist Emily McFarland, she is co-founder and co-director of Soft Fiction Projects, dedicated to producing digital and printed matter on artist moving image culture. Alessia is also a member of Array, a collective rooted in Belfast, which creates collaborative actions that embrace humour and DIY aesthetic in response to the sociopolitical issues affecting Northern Ireland.
Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh is an artist from Derry with an interest in the intersection of immaterial and material sculptural processes. He is a PhD researcher in the art department at Goldsmiths and obtained an MFA at Goldsmiths College, London, 2010-2012.The research explores complexities inherent within post-conflict and intergenerational trauma in Ireland. A series of handmade and 3D printed speculative massage tools are designed and used throughout the project. Ó Dochartaigh has an ongoing research relationship with a family of donkeys.
Borbála Soós (b. 1984, Budapest, Hungary) is a London-based curator. In 2012 she obtained an MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London and in 2009 an MA in Film Studies and an MA in Art History at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Between 2012 and 2019 she was director and curator of Tenderpixel, a contemporary art gallery in Central London. Throughout this period, as well as since leaving, she has also maintained an independent curatorial, writing and teaching practice, whilst she has been an active advocate, participant and organiser of artistic, curatorial and ecological research. She is regularly invited to give lectures, run workshops and teach by universities such as Goldsmiths College, the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins. Borbála’s recent research focuses on the development of structures found in nature and explores how these relate to social organisation. Her curatorial practice responds to, disrupts and enriches environmental thinking and related social and political urgencies.
Katharina Stadler is a Vienna born conceptual artist and writer. She studied Music, Theater and Cultural Communication studies at Humboldt University in Berlin, graduating with a thesis on the interconnection and opposition of voice and silence as worship in Augustine’s writings. Since 2010 Katharina is based in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 2019 she enrolled for her PhD at The University of Art and Design in Linz with a project ‘on sound & ideology’, supervised by Prof. Dr. Robert Pfaller.
Katharina Stadler works process-based, interdisciplinarily and with different media on discourses of ideology and politics connected especially to the notions of new forms of colonialism and imperialism as well as the question of limits of consciousness through social mechanisms and other determinants. In addition she is engaged in collaborations often focusing on practices of solidarity and collectivity, frequently in relation to the so called public. Since she trusts in the strength of raising questions rather than giving answers, she tends to create situations of rupture as to trigger an interaction with and not a mere consumption of her work.