Mapping Spectral Traces V: Day 2 (21st April 2012)
Day 2 reconvened at the St Anthony's Lecture Theatre in NUI Galway. The first panel, "Body Cartogrpahies: Art, Memory and the City" presented the work of Karen E. Till (Department of Geography, NUI Maynooth), Mona Smith (Dakota Artist) and Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture, College of Design, Univeristy of Minnesota. Discussant Mary Modeen drew together the threads of three personally engaging presentations. The second panel of the day, "Visiting Publics: Explorations of Inherited Place through Collaborative Practice" comprised of papers by Deirdre O'Mahony (School of Creative Arts, Galway and Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway), Jo Anne butler and Tara Kennedy (Culturstruction), and Lisa Moran (Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin). Tomás Hardiman was the discussant for a panel that gave an fascinating overview of artists' engagement with community.
After lunch the closing discussion panel "Artistic Practice as Research: Research as Creative Practice" gave a valuable insight into the tensions between research and practice for the artist, especially in the current academic climate. The panel comprised Ailbhe Murphy, Rionach Ni Neill, Mona Smith, Nessa Cronin, Tim Collins, with chair Louis de Paor (Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway) guided the discussion, with responses from discussants Lillis o Laoire (Scoil na Gaeilge, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh) and Karen E. Till.