Book launch: Eamon O'Kane in dialogue with Barbara Bader
Bergen Academy of Art and Design are pleased to launch the new publication "Hybrids" by Eamon O'Kane, Professor of Visual Art at Department of Fine Art. The discussion takes place Wednesday 30 October at 4pm at Litteraturhuset in Bergen. For the occasion of launching the publication Eamon O'Kane will be in dialogue with Dr. Barbara Bader.
The publication "Hybrids" presents two bodies of work that has ran parallel in O'Kanes artistic work. The first body of work uses his parents' house, the house he grew up in, as its main subject. The second body of work examines among other things the legacy of Friedrich Fröbel on modern society.
The publication comprises three texts and a rich photographic documentation of his work. In the first text Eamon O'Kane contextualises several strands within his art practice to reflect on his most current artwork and how it relates to contemporary society. In an interview researcher and writer Gideon Fink Shapiro questions Eamon O'Kane about how architecture and design are adressed in relation to sources of inspiration in 'Kane's artwork. Dr. Angelica Nollert examines how the artworks relate to Eamon O'Kane's earlier practice and situates them in relation to contemporary art with references to relational artwork and the history of interactive installations in art.
About the Participants
Eamon O'Kane is Professor of Visual Art (2011-) at Bergen Academy of Art and Design. O'Kane exhibits widely and is the recipient of many awards and scholarships including the Taylor Art Award, The Tony O'Malley Award and a Fulbright Award. He has shown in exhibitions curated by Dan Cameron, Lynne Cooke, Klaus Ottman, Salah M. Hassan, Jeremy Millar, Mike Fitzpatrick, Sarah Pierce, Jeanne Greenberg-Rohatyn, Angelika Nollert, Yilmaz Dziewior and Apinan Poshyananda. O'Kane has taken part in EV+A, Limerick, Ireland seven times including 2005 when he received an EV+A open award from Dan Cameron. In 2006 he was short-listed for the AIB Prize and received a Pollock Krasner foundation grant.
Barbara Bader, Dr., is Professor of Art Education and Educational Sciences at Akademie der Bildende Künste, Stuttgart (2013-). Previously she was Head of Department Art Education and Design at the Berne University of the Arts (2006-2013). Barbara Bader is project leader of several research projects on social, cognitive and visual learning in the subject are of Visual Arts as well as their documentation and verification.