BOUNCE FESTIVAL: Lough Fad A User's Guide Publication Launch & Performance

06 Oct 23
Gallery 1 of 'Ferox': black plastic oval against a white wall with a fish in the middle
Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Axel Feldmann

Book launch and performance
Lough Fad A User's Guide at Bounce Festival
6 October 2023, 6pm

Bounce Festival returns to CCA and this time we are teaming up to launch a new publication by Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh and Axel Feldmann! The book follows from the body of work Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh created for Ferox, a solo exhibition at CCA in 2022, inspired by personal and political history and environmental change.

During the launch the Ciarán will enact excerpts of a performance lecture, activating the illustrations in the publication. There will be a poster edition available on the night and the book will be available to download from 6 October 2023!

Book your free place via the Bounce Festival eventbrite:

Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh is an artist, researcher and Gaeilgeoir from Derry, living and working sporadically with chronic illness as a legacy of post-colonialism. His mixed media practice explores complexities inherent within post-conflict experience and the embodiment of personal loss with the legacy of political violence and lived experience. The work interwinds and is inseparable from personal chronic illness and addresses these realities by invoking new encounters with care, kinship and community. He has an ongoing research relationship with a family of donkeys and, formerly, a group of snails. He is a PhD researcher in the art department at Goldsmiths and obtained an MFA at Goldsmiths College, London, 2010-2012. He was a Research Associate at CCA Derry~Londonderry 2020–2022.

Recent selected shows include: Ferox CCA Derry, 2022, 2022; Metabolic time / Am meitibileach, Project Arts, Dublin, 2022; Periodical Review 12—Practical Magic, Pallas projects, Dublin, 2022; Outpost Norwich 2019; DOBLES DE PROXIMIDA, Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art, 2018; Tulca international festival 2017; Kisses Sweeter Than Wine Treignac Projet, France, 2016; Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF), Norway, August 2015; Vanishing Futures: Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art, Golden thread gallery.

He was invited to Theorem 2019, Anglia Ruskin; Goldsmiths annual conference 2019; and CIAP residency Ile de Vassivière, France, 2016.

Axel Feldmann is a graphic designer and design strategist based in London and Munich. In 2005 he founded the collaborative design studio Objectif, focusing on editorial design and its transposition into the architectural realm. Clients come from the fields of exhibition design, visitor experience, narrative environments, as well as classic book design. In the light of an increasingly instrumentalised and commodified cultural and public realm the studio has experimented with emancipatory design practices with the aim of supporting community initiatives, small-scale businesses and artistic practices, as well as creating museum spaces with a sense of empowerment of the visitor. In his most recent work Axel has launched a practice based design education project funded by the Greater London Authority, as well as a small publishing house supporting artistic talent.

Objectif is part of the Greater London Authority’s Design Framework, and a member of its Specialist Advice Team in relation to graphic design within the public realm. Axel holds a BA Graphic Design and an MA Philosophy and Contemporary Critical Theory.

Supported by Bounce Festival, the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry City & Strabane District Council.

BOUNCE FESTIVAL: Lough Fad A User's Guide Publication Launch & Performance