Curatorial Projects


I won't say I will see you tomorrow

Curated by Aoife Tunney

Project Programme Co-Curator Eilis Lavelle

Mermaid Arts Center/Redcross Woods, Wicklow   14th September (2013)

This project considers the writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein within the context of contemporary art, and uses this as a starting point for a series of events and exhibitions. Wittgensteins ideas and texts around society and the limits of language, our perception of objects, how we imagine objects in an art context, belief and mysticism and his revered work as an architect, form the basis of this project.

The gallery spaces and design for this exhibition are influenced by Wittgensteins architecture and will draw from his connections with Ireland, Norway and Austria. This is the first time that this important cultural figure has been connected in an art context, to Ireland.

Irish artists Karl Burke, Clodagh Emoe,  Joe Noonan Ganley,  James OhAodha,  Linda Quinlan and Mark Swords, will show work alongside  Austrian architect Markus Bogensberger and the Austrian artist Bernhard Fuchs.

This project will be hosted inside and outside of a structure which will be built within Mermaid Arts Centre. This pavilion will be designed by Austrian architect Markus Bogensburger, and its parameters come from ideas around the types of modest living circumstances Ludwig Wittgenstein chose throughout his life. Wittgenstein resided in a hut in Skjolden in Norway, for months at a time, when he studied and became Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge, he lived in small digs in the college adorned with simple furnishings. In Ireland he worked and resided in a small bedroom in Kilpatrick House and in a sparse cottage in Connemara. In contrast in size but not perhaps in its minimalist style is his architectural legacy, Haus Wittgenstein, the building he designed with architect Paul Engelmann in Vienna.

Austrian architect, Markus Bogensberger is invited to respond to the way in which Wittgenstein worked and lived and his architectural legacy. To add to the wealth of research on this project he will consult with the renowned Viennese architect Hermann Czech, an admirer of Wittgenstein.

Artworks, performances, events, talks and music will be presented in Redcross one of the sites of Wittgensteins adopted home in Ireland.