4 June - 30 July 2017
Michael Hanna: Short Films about Learning at St Carthage Hall - launch Saturday 3 June at 4pm.
In Spring 2015 Belfast Exposed commissioned a programme of archive-themed exhibitions and events produced in response to its collection of community photography. ‘Short films about learning’ is a single channel video installation which juxtaposes a selection of images taken from the Belfast Exposed archive with excerpts from a lecture series entitled ‘Introduction to Psychology’ by Paul Bloom, a professor at Yale University.
The work invites the viewer to consider the images, and the subjects they represent, as a series of codes, patterns of learned behaviours and universal tendencies. Hanna’s work presents audio descriptions of psychological theories including ‘habituation’, ‘the spotlight effect’ and ‘object permanence’ – alongside images taken from the Belfast Exposed archive. Selected imagery includes street scenes, protest marches, masked gunmen and political murals. The rhythm of the speech in the accompanying soundtrack varies throughout from carefully measured statements to free flowing thoughts, with the images timed to mirror this rhythm.
For this presentation at St Carthage Hall, the gallery has been modified to create an immersive installation, which reflects on questions of political power, agency, violence and representation and draws attention to the influence of photography, the archive and the gallery on our understanding of these ideas.
Maeve Connolly in conversation with the artist, Saturday 3 June, 3.30PM
This exhibition is kindly supported by The Arts Council Ireland and Belfast Exposed. Michael Hanna (b.1979, Craigavon, Northern Ireland) completed his MFA at the University of Ulster in 2012 and has recently undertaken residencies at the Millennium Court Arts Centre (Portadown) and Digital Art Studios (Belfast). Hanna has been involved in exhibitions in the UK and internationally including Rencontres Internationales at La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris and Multiplicity at NURTUREart, New York. His work is developed from research into psychology and linguistics. Recent projects include Relearning to Speak: A scientific and cultural mapping of the mouth.
Maeve Connolly is a Dublin-based researcher, focused on changing cultures and economies of art and media practice. She is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Film, Art & Creative Technologies at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dublin, Ireland, where she co-directs the MA in Art & Research Collaboration (ARC) and also teaches studio modules on the BA in Art.
The St Carthage Hall exhibition programme is supported by The Arts Council