at once a surface and a frame











at once a surface and a frame

Works by John Galvin

The exhibition examines the window as a liminal surface; both the surface of the projection screen and the space it enframes. The videos offer a fractured surface where the ‘sutures’ between multiple temporalities are left visible. The works explore a visuality where simultaneity rather than sequentiality is foregrounded – multiple fragments of the past anamnetically inscribed into the present.

John Galvin is a multimedia artist living and working in Limerick. He completed a Masters in Music Technology, specialising in electroacoustic composition, at the University of Limerick in 2008 and is currently there completing a PhD by Practice. His research focuses on the layering of many different temporalities within a single work and the ‘presence’ associated with different media

Opening Reception Thursday, Sept 13, 6pm

Gallery open 12 -5 pm tues- sun through Sept 23.


CTRL-C / CTRL-V: Work by Anthony Antonellis


CTRL – C / CTRL – V: Work by Anthony Antonellis

Opening Reception Friday, August 17, 2012, 6 -9 pm;

Gallery Hours: 12 -5 pm, Tuesdays thru Sundays


Curated by Nora O’Murchú


NCAD – Masters of Fine Art & Art In The Digital World

Opening preview Saturday 9th June, 4 – 7pm
Exhibition continues until June 17th 2012
Monday – Friday 12 – 7pm
Saturday 12 – 5pm
Sunday 2 – 5pm
Masters of Fine Art & Art In The Digital World

Postgraduate Exhibition
Opening officially sponsored by Heineken
Image: Molly Mishkas, Installation detail, 2012
School St, Dublin 8, Across from the Guinness brewery.

Curator in Residence

Nora O Murchú

Nora O Murchú is a researcher and curator. She has recently completed her PhD at the University of Limerick. Her research interests include DIY technologies, grassroot practices, and open-ended design methods. She is the founder and creator of Tweak – a new media art festival dedicated to the exploration of technology in everyday art practices. She is currently the curator in residence for IMOCA.

Run Computer Run

Run Computer Run is an exploration of critical and experimental approaches to curating digital and new media art. Throughout the year a series of related exhibitions offer a thematic exploration of issues and concerns relating to the curation of technological art works. By focusing on the current economic, political and cultural factors that are shaping the Internet, the residency will bring together critical and creative investigations of digital and new media art practices. Through the themes of code, immateriality, agency and identity, this series of exhibitions will discuss and explore curatorial representations of digital artworks and speculate upon the interrelationship of digital technologies, artistic and curation practice.

Run Computer Run concludes with a publication with contributions from artists, leading new media critics and fellow curators. The critique and creative production documented in this publication will respond to the production and consumption models of new media art practice and the experimental curation methods that are influenced by the increasingly complex relationship between art, technology and politics.

Graduate Residency: Andreas Kindler Von Knobloch

Our inaugural exhibition will be by our fourth annual Graduate Residency Award winner, Andreas Kindler Von Knobloch.

Ultima Thule
In search of becoming

An exhibition by Andreas Kindler von Knobloch

Steambox 11th – 20th May 2012

Schol St, Dublin 8, Across from the Guinness brewery.
Opening reception, Thursday 10th May, 6pm

photograph taken by Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, Venice 2008.

Inspired by the writings of Rene Daumal and the final project of the Dutch conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader; the 2011 – 2012 IMOCA graduate resident Andreas Kindler von Knobloch undertakes a series of expeditions into the unknown waters of Dublin bay.These experiments form part of Kindler on Knobloch’s broader research into human attempts at capturing and understanding the aesthetics of sublime experience. 

In the novel Mount Analogue, Rene Daumal sets sail in the yacht Impossible to search for a holy mountain. At the summit of this mountain heaven and earth are said to meet and the doorway to the invisible is made visible. Daumal’s symbolic mountain represents a way to truth that ‘cannot not exist,’ and his classic allegory of man’s search for himself embraces the certainty that one can know and conquer one’s own reality.

The late Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader undertook a similar journey not knowing it would be his last performance. Titled In Search of the Miraculous this attempt at a transatlantic voyage proved fatal for the artist. The title for his work is lifted from P.D. Ouspensky’s book of the same name, based on the early teachings of Gurdjieff – the story of another quest for spiritual understanding and self-knowledge that ended with the realisation that the answer had been at hand from the start.

With an eye to the apparent paradox Kindler von Knobloch sets out on his Mirror dinghy Sophy. The title Ultima Thule is a term from medieval geography which denotes any distant place located beyond the “borders of the known world.”  It is at once a reference to the work of Bas Jan Ader and the story of Mount Analogue. By contrast, in his work Kindler von Knobloch is not attempting the impossible or seeking out the physical boundaries of this world. Instead with the help of photographer, Dorje de Burgh, this work is an exploration of the desire for that journey, through a complete immersion in the aesthetics of this romantic experience.

Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, is a Dublin based artist and recent NCAD graduate.  Exhibitions include: ”Luminous Flux”, a solo show, Curated by Padraic E Moore, Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin (2012) “Pallas periodical review”, selected by Carl Giffney, Pallas, Dublin (2011) “Underground”, group show Basic Space, Dublin (2011) “200 Clonliffe Rd” group show in a derelict house Dublin (2011) “Radical Love II” three day seminar, Dublin (2011).

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steambox is a research centre for Studies in Technological and Electronic Arts and Media, developed by the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art.  It is IMOCA’s first fully independent facility.

Having smaller, multiple galleries throughout the city is not a unique practice for a museum, but we feel it is the most appropriate and will be the most successful for Dublin.

Several collaborations under development with other institutes will hopefully roll out this year and be housed in steambox.

steambox houses two galleries- the main hall [approx. 7.5 x 40.5 m] and the project gallery [7.5 x 10m].

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