Worth steal­ing a boat for

Pre­pare to Drop Ev­ery­thing and get off the main­land

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - Lau­rence Mackin

Step on to Inisheer is­land next week­end (right), from May 27th to 29th, and you’ll find your­self at the heart of Drop Ev­ery­thing. The cul­tural bi­en­nial will this year have its third edi­tion, which sees the stun­ning scenery of the Aran Is­land given an ex­tra cul­tural com­ple­ment.

At the last event, in 2014, af­ter hop­ping off the boat or plane, it was im­me­di­ately clear that some­thing spe­cial was tak­ing place. Song lyrics stitched on sheets flut­tered with the wash­ing in back gar­dens; slim poles stood sen­try on the vil­lage’s main beach, be­fore it popped into colour­ful life at night; the pro­gramme asked peo­ple to not be “act­ing the mag­got . . . Make life­long friends and please don’t lit­ter”.

The event is cu­rated by Mary Nally, who this week was herd­ing the cats of DE’s fi­nal prepa­ra­tions, which in­volved sourc­ing silage wrap and a he­li­copter. The event will have talks, in­stal­la­tions, screen­ings, DJ sets and im­promptu hap­pen­ings, along with com­mu­nal din­ing fea­tur­ing Katie San­der­son, and a shop sell­ing prod­ucts cre­ated by col­lab­o­rat­ing artists.

Ze­bra Katz (also known as Ojay Mor­gan) is one of New York’s lead­ing queer hip-hop artists, and plays a mid­night show in the lo­cal school hall. Manch­ester’s pop trio Mé­nage à Trois also per­form, along with Mr Silla, an out­stand­ing Ice­landic artist and some­time mem­ber of Múm whose de­but, epony­mous al­bum was one of the best al­bums of last year.

Visual art ex­hi­bi­tions will be cre­ated by Fin­nish pho­tog­ra­pher Maria Lax and Ire­land’s Andrew Nud­ing. The is­land’s in­door hand­ball al­ley will be turned into an im­mer­sive in­stal­la­tion by light artist Chris Lun­ney.

Di­rec­tor Dave Ty­nan is also cre­at­ing an event “at sea” with ac­tor and writer Em­met Kir­wan. And the beach will get a tem­po­rary ad­di­tion thanks to a site-spe­cific sauna de­signed by Ir­ish ar­chi­tect Em­mett McNa­mara. Sprints to the sea af­ter a sweaty ses­sion are manda­tory.

Ca­pac­ity at DE is limited to 300, with guests asked to pre-reg­is­ter for ac­cess on its eventbrite page and to con­trib­ute what they can af­ford.

More is­land events

This isn’t the only cul­tural takeover on an is­land this sum­mer. This week­end, DIT’s BA in Visual Art Pro­gramme is hav­ing its grad­u­ate show on Sherkin Is­land. Un­cover fea­tures paint­ings, draw­ings, sculp­tures, in­stal­la­tions and video in 13 dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions on the Cork is­land, with art-trail maps avail­able to vis­i­tors who can bike around the whole show.

On June 2nd to 5th, the Inish: Is­land Con­ver­sa­tions fes­ti­val is tak­ing place on Inish­bofin. Among those tak­ing part are Kevin Barry, Olivia Smith, Claire Kil­roy, Edna Lon­g­ley, Ol­wen Fouéré, Michael Lon­g­ley, Theo Dor­gan and more. English artist Nor­man Ack­royd, who spe­cialises in aquatint work, will be there with an ex­hi­bi­tion of his work. Mu­sic comes from jazz pi­anist Martin Ting­vall, along with Steve Wall, Jack L, Máirtín Ó Con­nor and and the Con­Tempo String Quar­tet. The doc­u­men­tary At­lantic will also be screened along with Paula Ke­hoe’s Deargdhil: Anatomy of Pas­sion, a study of the Ir­ish poet Máire Mhac an tSaoi.

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