Zoë's Dublin Diary: No Monster Club, Ryou-Un Maru, and More

Wednesday, 15 June – Phonica: Three, 20:00, Free, Jack Nealon’s

Michelle Hall, Keith Lindsay, Aodán McCardle, Michael Naghten Shanks, Dylan Tighe, and Suzanne Walsh are performing at the third session of Phonica, a multi-disciplinary night put together by Christodoulos Makris and Olesya Zdorovetska.

The evening was set up as a collaborative space, in which artists from different practices can explore and present new ideas. Previous Phonica events have featured soundscape composition and improvisation using field recordings and invented instruments, poetry, and collaborative performance.

The curators will host one of their fullest sessions yet this week, with a mix of installation and sound artists, writers and songwriters. There are more details here.

Thursday, 16 June – The Invisible Empire, 18:00, Free, Gallery X

Juha Arvid Helminen’s portraits seek to explore the beauty left after the dehumanising impact of mask and uniform. Helminen has both taught photography and worked as a photographer, and is particularly concerned with power and its misuse. Influenced by the Helsinki Smash ASEM demonstration in 2006, Helminen was fascinated by the authority commanded by the Finnish police force and saw their uniform and anonymity as key to this power. More about the event here.

Queen of the Invisible Empire (2010), by Juha Arvid Helminen

Friday, 17 June – No Monster Club & Richard Album, 00:00, Free, Whelan’s

No surprise if you can’t afford the picnic this year – you could practically fly elsewhere and catch the same lineup somewhere warm. If you didn’t have €200 to spare this June, No Monster Club and Richard Album are playing a free midnight show. Self-professed “prom king” of Dublin, Richard Album has been busy bringing synth pop to America’s Midwest, while über catchy fuzz-pop peddlers No Monster Club have just put out I Feel Magic, building on an already hefty discography, with more expected this summer. To get in free, click “Attending” and post a comment on the Facebook event page here.

Saturday, 18 June – Hollywood Babylon: Society, 22:30, €10/€8, Light House Cinema

Brian Yuzna’s high-school cult classic Society is an exercise in some of the most disgusting body horror you are likely to catch this side of David Cronenberg. Yuzna was also responsible for the production of trash-gore masterpiece The Re-Animator. While just as absurd, Society reaches new levels of grossness. Bill, handsome and gormless, is the classic paranoid teen outsider, concerned that he is different to his sister and parents and the privileged elite that form their social circle. Just how different, he does not find out until the film’s famous half-hour stomach-churning denouement. Facebook page here and tickets here.

Sunday, 19 June – Cemetery of Splendour, 16:15, €9, IFI

Voluntary nurse Jenjira (Jenjira Pongpas) strikes up a friendship with another volunteer, Keng (Jarinpattra Rueangram), who is also a medium, and soldier Itt, at a new care unit set up for soldiers suffering an intense sleeping malady. Keng is able to connect with the soldiers’ hibernating thoughts and relay them. Palme d’Or-winning director Apichatpong Weerasethakul blends the real and the unknown, and looks at the situation of modern Thai identity and culture. More here.

Monday, 20 June– Ryou-Un Maru, 11-19:00, Free, Project Arts Centre

Ryou-Un Maru was a Japanese fishing boat swept out to sea in 2011, following the Tōhoku Tsunami and earthquake. For the next 391 days the craft floated through international waters. Brian Duggan’s giant installation, commissioned by the Project Arts Centre and curated by Tessa Gibbon, explores the representation of disaster and the confrontation between Earth’s powerful tides, currents and tectonic plates, and man-made borders and nation states. Duggan is currently participating in the Art and Science residency programme in UCD’s School of Physics. You can learn more here.

Tuesday, 21 June – Euclid, I Miss You, 11-17:00, Free, ArtBox

Euclid, I Miss You is Adam Gibney’s new solo exhibition, questioning the arbitrary and temporary delineations imposed by descriptions of reality upon our experience of it. Gibney graduated from IADT in 2010, and received the IMOCA Graduate Award, the Aileen MacKeogh Award and the Siamsa Tíre Emerging Artist Award. His solo shows have used sculpture, sound and video to create immersive experiences and explore technology and language. Further details 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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