About Us

About Us

The Enquiry

The Enquiry is a collective of four curators and artists based in Dublin: Jeanette Doyle, Jennie Guy, Emer Lynch, Deborah Madden and Claire Walsh (with associate members, Fiona Hallinan and Kate Strain). The group is concerned with a performative analysis of exhibition modalities and strategies, both historical and contemporary. The Enquiry was first established by Georgina Jackson in 2009 as an element of her practice based PhD research with GradCAM, the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, Dublin. The group reformed in 2015 initiated by Jeanette Doyle. We are associate researchers with GradCAM and are hosted by IMMA, The Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Our research has been largely focused on the relationship between ‘dematerialisation’, citing Lucy Lippard’s construct, and more recent considerations of ‘immateriality’ with a primary focus on Jean-François Lyotard’s explication on the digital.
In July 2016, The Enquiry hosted a one-day event at IMMA, which incorporated performed research and specially made artworks by members of the group. The material for this event was largely informed by Jean-François Lyotard’s construction of ‘immateriality’ in The InHuman: Reflections on Time (1988).
Jean-François Lyotard’s writings are an ongoing anchor for our research which continues to deepen. In 2017 we are working ever more closely with IMMA and with works from the collection. IMMA’s collection contains artworks, prints and publications by artists Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins, Ay-O, Mieko Shiomi, Sol Lewitt, Ray Johnson, Joseph Cornell and Brian O’Doherty which are relevant to Lucy Lippard’s seminal text Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object.
The outcome of our research will have public enactments at two significant events later this year. Firstly, we will host a second performative event at IMMA in early September and secondly, we will have an important presence in ‘The Digital Aesthetic in Utopia of Access’, a weekend programme of events and exhibitions organised by GradCAM (curated by Noel Fitzpatrick and Brian Fay) at the Research Pavilion in Venice, in the context of the Venice Biennale, taking place from the 29th September to the 1st October 2017.
The theme of the programme ‘The Digital Aesthetic in Utopia of Access’ is extremely relevant to our on-going activities as we have had a longstanding interest in the digital and ‘immaterial’ and have conducted detailed research into the 1985 exhibition Les Immatériaux, curated by Jean-François Lyotard and Thierry Chaput at Centre Pompidou, Paris, which pre-empted and predicted the advent of the internet and the effects of globalisation. The Enquiry’s participation at the Research Pavilion will include live performances with artistic and curatorial interventions. We will also curate objects and images from the ‘Autonomous Biennale Cf’ project – an international project initiated by Jeanette Doyle where, using the biennale as its template, artists and curators are invited to represent a nation of their own choosing in a manner of their own determination (more information on the ‘Cf’ open call here: http://www.cfjeanettedoyle.com/).
The Enquiry’s participation at the Research Pavilion in Venice is kindly supported by Culture Ireland.

Members:

Jeanette Doyle

Jeanette Doyle is an artist and Doctoral Candidate at The Graduate School for Creative Arts and Media Dublin. (www.gradcam.ie) Exhibitions and projects include ‘Cf’ at the Research Pavilion, Venice
(2017) (www.cfjeanettedoyle.com); The Enquiry @ IMMA, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016&2017); A Unique Press Conference for The European Society for Aesthetics, with ’The Aesthetics Group’, Dublin (2015); ’YOUR BODY IS A BATTLEGROUND, Pristine Gallery Mexico (2013); ‘the food thing’ at the Liverpool Biennale; ‘Factory Direct’, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (both 2012); ‘Jeanette Doyle: Fifteen Days’ also with The Warhol; ‘In the Future the Artist Will Say : That Object is a Work of Art’ 3RD WARD, NY (both 2011); Invisible Stranger, Tamtam8 Artspace, Berlin, ART BEIJING 2010 and MIGUEL AMADO PRESENTS, ISCP, New York (both 2010).Previous exhibitions include:’09 798 Beijing Biennale; ’Something Out of Nothing’, The Invisible Dog, New York, ‘Embedded Art Berlin’, The Berlin Art Academy; ‘Preview 09′, White Box, New York; ‘The Promised Land’ The Chelsea Art Museum, New York; Yoesu Art Festival, South Korea; “Power, Shape”, Bridge Art Centre, Beijing; ‘Critical Mass’ HYCAC, Beijing; ‘tough’ at mother’s tankstation, Dublin; ‘Spectacular’ Mexico; Starline Tours’ Location One, New York; ’Nine International Artists’ Location One, New York; ‘Places’ Luxe Gallery, New York; Y Gallery, New York; “SURGE” 798 Art Festival, Beijing; ‘Dream Palace’ A-SPACE, 1ARTBASE, Beijing; ‘Untitled’ (Untitled), PS1 MOMA, New York and ‘EDGE’, Kochi Museum of Art, Japan. ‘When Art (or In What Regard)’ (http://www.whenart.typepad.com/) a blog and printed publication distributed at FLOAT Socrates Sculpture Park, New York. Earlier exhibitions include: Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane; Museum of Modern Art, Croatia; Brisbane Institute of Modern Art; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; the ICA and Studio Voltaire, London, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin and the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art,Helsinki.

Emer Lynch

Emer Lynch is an independent curator based in Dublin. She has developed projects nationally and internationally, most recently Tables and chairs and other people (2016), a group exhibition on-site at Lynders Mobile Home Park in north Dublin, Fingal County Council. Further projects include the ongoing visual art spoken word series Foaming at the Mouth, co-curated with Tracy Hanna. Emer is a member of the seminar group The Enquiry, who will be participating in The Digital Aesthetic in Utopia of Access, a weekend programme of events and presentations hosted by the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media at the Research Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale.
Lynch completed an MA in Visual Arts Practices from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, 2013, and holds a Joint BA in Glass and the History of Art and Design from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She is Curatorial Assistant: Collections Care and Access, at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Previous roles include Artist Liaison at mother’s tankstation limited, Dublin, and Assistant Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

Jennie Guy

Jennie Guy is an artist, curator and educator based in Dublin. Her artistic practice embraces visual, textual, performance, and event-based output. She is interested in the rituals surrounding artistic production, seeking alternate modes of observation and response. She is the founder and director of Art School, a platform that establishes new interfaces between contemporary art and sites of education. She develops workshop and residency programmes that unite artists, students, and educators in substantial research exchanges and partnerships, both nationally and internationally. Her projects generate collaborative art-works, exhibitions, screenings and publications, while remaining primarily invested in exploring artistic process and decisive interventions within educational curricula.
She is currently Manager of Programme and Operations in Fire Station Artists’ Studios and a member of The Enquiry, Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM) which is hosted by IMMA.

Through her independent practice Guy is project managing and curating five major public art commissions across County Wicklow and County Dublin in 2017 and 2018. Her most recent exhibition includes It’s Very New School, a group exhibition at Rua Red Art Centre.

She holds a Masters in Visual Arts Practices, IADT, Dunlaoghaire, Dublin and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature & History, Trinity College Dublin.
For more information please visit: http://www.jennieguy.com/
http://www.artistsexercises.org/

Deborah Madden

Deborah Madden is a curator, artist, editor and writer based in Dublin. She is interested in the relationship between the viewer, place, space and art, and the space, place and contingencies that between each of these elements, the philosophical and political possibilities that lie in the space between them.
She has worked as Acting Curator of the Project Arts Centre, Dublin, and was Assistant Curator to the Irish pavilion of the Venice Biennale 2017. She is a member of the seminar group The Enquiry, who will be creating events in IMMA in September 2017 and for the research pavilion of the Venice Biennale in October 2017. She is also Co-Editor of award winning creative arts criticism publication Critical Bastards Magazine. She curated the group show Light Lines, at Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray in December 2016. Previously she worked as Visual Arts Co-Ordinator at the Joinery, Dublin and co- curated two residencies there, culminating in the exhibition Cloud of Unknowing by Gary Murphy and the Graduate Residency show #AndHerPaleFireSheStoleFromTheSun by Nicola Whelan. She has performed as an artist in Overstock #3, at Mart, Rathmines
She holds a BA(Hons) in Visual Arts Practice form IADT, and a Research Masters from IADT, entitled Spaces of Experience: Participatory Art in Irish Contemporary Art.

Claire Walsh

Claire Walsh is a curator based in Dublin. She co-organises art exhibitions and events both independently and as part of her role at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) where she works as assistant curator (collections). She is interested in crossovers between fictional narratives and art, expanded modes of distributing artworks and art that digs its claws into systemic oppressions.

Before moving to Dublin in 2017, Claire was working in Edinburgh as a curatorial assistant at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. In 2016 she was guest co-editor at MAP (mapmagazine.co.uk) a non-profit organisation dedicated to the discussion and support of artist-led publishing and production. In collaboration with Suzanne van der Lingen they co-produced Footnoting the Archive, a year-long programme of publishing and live events between Glasgow and Edinburgh and online.

In the past year Claire has published articles and essays in MAP, Paper Visual Art journal and Mousse Magazine online. Recent exhibitions that she co-curated include A Fiction Close to Reality (with Johanne Mullan) at IMMA, 2019, and You hardboiled   I softboiled (with the Rhubaba Committee) at Rhubaba, Edinburgh, 2018.

Claire studied Painting (BA) at Limerick School of Art & Design and Contemporary Art Theory (MA) at Edinburgh College of Art. She became a member of The Enquiry in 2018.