Zoë's Dublin Diary: The Art of Typography, King Lear via Japan, and More

Wednesday, 6 April – Ran,17:25, €9, IFI

Kurosawa’s interpretation of King Lear was ten years in the making, meticulously devised over a series of painted storyboards that were published with the screenplay. He combined Shakespeare with legends of daimyō Mōri Motonari, and filmed almost entirely in long shots on the slopes of Japan’s largest active volcano, Mount Aso, with a cast of 1,400. Buy your tickets here.

Thursday, 7 April – Typeset, 19:00, Free, Image Now

A broad range of contemporary Irish typographic design is being showcased in the Image Now gallery space. The changing face of Irish design will be expressed through animation, gifs and 3D illustrations, as an expression of the trends and experimentation happening within the industry. Image Now has a strong connection with typographic design, having exhibited shows such as Josef Müller-Brockmann, 50 Years of Helvetica and Neue Grafik. The Facebook event page is here.

Friday, 8 April – Precarity, 16:00, Free (book in advance), ATRL

Precarity is a video installation by Mieke Bal and Michelle Williams Gamaker. Commissioned to coincide with the Deleuze and Art conference, the five-screen installation uses precarious economic situations as a platform to explore precarity in different social contexts, from relationships to health, labour laws and human rights. The exhibition is based on Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, the five screens representing her temptation, seduction, and descent into economic ruin. Mieke Bal’s documentaries on migration and identity have been exhibited internationally, and she has written on video installation, sculpture and abstraction. Grab a ticket here.

Saturday, 9 April – Overhead, The Albatross, 20:00, pay what you like, The Workman’s

After the much anticipated Learning to Growl was released earlier this month, post-rock six-piece Overhead, The Albatross will be performing their new material in The Workman’s this Saturday. Several years in production, it took decamping to a studio in the Czech Republic to get to preproduction phase, with tracks being laid over and added organically as the band worked out what direction their sound should take. The finished LP is filled with soaring highs and lows, all in their signature orchestral style. It amounts to a mesmerising experience; Saturday’s performance should be no less. Visit the Facebook event page here.

Sunday, 10 April – Phototropism, 12:00 – 18:00, Free, Library Project

Phototropism opens in the Library Project this Thursday, but its growing botanic display will take place over a month-long installation. Eleven photographers give their responses to the significance of a plant’s movement towards a light source, interpreted as a search for subsistence that we all share and, ultimately, a search for a common good. The Library Project bookshop will be offering a specially curated selection of literature to accompany the exhibition and an assortment of succulents and cacti. More here.

Monday, 11 April – Tom Climent: In Its Reflection, 10:00 – 17:30, Free, Solomon Fine Art

Tom Climent, originally trained as an engineer, looks at structured spaces through representation and abstraction. His debut solo exhibition balances colour and texture, using memory and feeling to explore the exchange between the subconscious and physical processes of painting. More here.

Tuesday, 12 April – Michael Boran, Through the Undergrowth, 10:30-17:30, Free, Kevin Kavanagh

Michael Boran’s photographs, filled with pylons, plant stocks and natural and human-made monuments of every kind, relate to one another intuitively, through viewpoint and desire. By keeping background detail to a minimum and collating each piece, the subjects are given a purity that remains compromised by limitations in depth and temporality. Read more here.

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Zoe Jellicoe: Zoë Jellicoe is co-founder of the Made It series. She tweets @geneva__diva

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