Woman in the Machine Exhibition
Presented by VISUAL and Carlow Arts Festival
4 June - 19 September 2021

Invited + Commissioned Artists
Chloe Brenan / Cóilín O'Connell, Michelle Doyle and Eva Richardson McCrea / Barbara Knežević / Nadia J. Armstrong / Elaine Byrne / Caroline Campbell (Loitering Theatre) / Kate Fahey / Judy Foley / Fiona Harrington / Jeanette Lowe / Linda McCann / Colin Martin / Eleanor McCaughey / Fiona Mc Donald / Tara McGinn / Niamh McGuinne / Ida Mitrani / Méadhbh O'Connor / Paul O' Neill / Liliane Puthod / Amanda Rice / Katherine Sankey

From the Arts Council Collection
Lucy Andrews / Rhona Byrne / Marie Farrington / Niamh McCann / Maria McKinney / Helen Mac Mahon / Margaret O'Brien / Fiona Reilly / Lorraine Tuck

Inspired by the creativity of female pioneers working in sound, electronics and engineering the exhibition Woman in the Machine explores aspects of our current technological moment.

Technology surrounds and incorporates us, virtual worlds replicate and extend our habitats, tiny robots assist in our health care, personal care and maintenance of our environments. We exist in databanks, networked and encrypted, speculating and designing our technological future.

Woman in the Machine presents a platform for thinking about our relationship to technology. It features work by artists working in sound, film, electronics, photography, light, sculpture, painting, performance and on digital platforms.

The works presented here have been selected through Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL’s annual open submission ARTWORKS 2021; from the Arts Council Collection; and by invitation to create new work in response to the former Braun Factory site.

Selectors for Artworks 2021 were Kate Butler, Dublin Digital Radio; Rachel O’Dwyer, Lecturer in Digital Culture NCAD; Jo Mangan, Director Carlow Arts Festival and Emma Lucy O’Brien, Artistic Director, VISUAL. This exhibition has been curated by VISUAL Carlow.

A note on Woman in the Machine
The ideas for this programme began when got access to in an empty industrial site at the edge of Carlow. Closed since 2009, the former Braun factory had been in place since the 70s making small electronic handheld appliances, electric toothbrushes, hairdryers, shavers and epilators. Many women had been employed at the site which must have been a significant opportunity during the 70s and 80s. Inspired by this activity we have created a programme that considers technological change, with a particular focus on female artists with an interest in sound, electronics, technology and new media.

All Galleries at VISUAL Carlow are FREE admission.


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2pm - 5pm Sunday

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