Vibrant Matter

14 - 24 February 2019
St. Joseph's Church, Sailortown, Belfast
Opening reception: Thursday 14th February, 6pm-8pm
Open daily from 1pm - 5pm

Join us on Thursday 14th February 2019 between 6pm – 8pm at St Joseph’s Church for the opening of Vibrant Matter, a group exhibition presenting new and existing works by Belfast based artists Jasmin Märker, Jennifer Mehigan, and Jan Uprichard. The exhibition is organised in collaboration with Sailortown Regeneration Group and is part of the 2019 NI Science Festival programme.

The video, bio-art, and sculptural installation works in Vibrant Matter propose holistic, alternative and non human-centric/anthropocentric ways to navigate the ‘worlds’ in and around us. The artists in the exhibition are interested in questioning our exchanges with entities that we consider to be non-human; our relationships with our own and others’ intimate existence; and how non humans experience cities and urban spaces.

Vibrant Matter is installed in the unique surroundings of St. Joseph’s Church in the heart of Sailortown, a historical neighbourhood in an area of Belfast that is undergoing rapid change and development. The exhibition invites us to reflect on how evolving spaces are perceived and consider the invisible bonds that connect us to the matter around us.

The exhibition takes its title from a book by political theorist Jane Bennett, who considers how we are embedded in a web of mutual affect that doesn’t distinguish between living and nonliving, human and nonhuman. Research undertaken by the artists include workshops with local young people, inviting them to experience Sailortown through the eyes of non-human animals.

The exhibition is open daily from 1–5pm from 15 February until 24 February 2019. A free guided tour with the artists will take place at 2pm on Saturday 23 February.

This exhibition is made possible thanks to the support of the NI Science Festival, Sailortown Regeneration Group, Clanmil Housing Association and The National Lottery Awards for All Northern Ireland.  Vibrant Matter is part of Household’s public programme Flesh and Stone, which is generously supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
View the full NI Science Festival programme here