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Disability Arts Online Content Takeover, February 2024

The Disability Arts Online Logo. A white square on a background of black brush strokes. The words ‘Disability Arts Online’ sit at the bottom of the white square.

This month AlanJames Burns has been invited to do a Content Takeover for Disability Arts Online. The takeover will explore the intersections of disability, climate change and the arts.

The first piece of content is a very exciting one, a podcast for ‘Disability Add…’. Alan spoke with Professor Julia Watts Belser who is a professor of Jewish Studies and Disability Studies at Georgetown University and coordinator of the Disability and Climate Change Public Archive. They discuss thier experiences as creative practitioners, members of the disability community, and concerned climate activists.

The podcast will be followed by pieces for the DAO magazine and a week-long takeover of DAO’s Instagram account this February.

Festival Makers Conference 2023, 11th May 2023

AlanJames Burns will present on ‘Festival Making as a creative act’ as part of the Arts Council of Ireland Festival Makers Conference, 11 & 12 May 2023, Galway.

A group discussion with delegates exploring the curatorial practice in festivals, the role of the citizen artist and the practice of festival making. Following the 2020 Change Makers festival conference, the Arts Council revised its Festival Policy to recognise “the complex and special nature of ‘festival-making’ as a creative act and its curatorial role in the development of artistic programming”.

Festival Makers Festival poster. A light pink background with bright pink abstract triangle shapes. The words 'The Changing Landscape of Festival' are across the poster in black. The dates of the festival are 11 & 12 May 2023, in Galway City

RHA / IPUT Wilton Park Studios

AlanJames Burns is one of the recipients of the RHA / IPUT Wilton Park Studios 2023.

The RHA and IPUT Real Estate Artist in Residence Programme at Wilton Park Studios in Dublin 2 is a direct response to the ever-increasing studio crisis in Dublin. IPUT Real Estate, Ireland’s leading property company, continues to fully support a facility with three studios, in collaboration with the RHA.

Artist AlanJames Burns sits cross legged on a purple yoga mat. Their arms are out strengthened and they are smiling warmly. They are sitting in a circle of people who are laughing and smiling. The room is bright and the combination of people’s clothes and purple mat make the image very colourful.

Our Place recieves Creative Ireland Bursary Award 2023 from Kildare County Council

AlanJames Burns’ collaborative socially engaged project Our Place with Sinead McCann and collaborating artists from Saint John of God Liffey Services: Aíne Walsh, David Carter, Keith Whelan, Laura Hickey, Aidan Winters, Conor Begley, David Carter, David Deane, Frances Quinn, Jonathan Smith, Niamh Fortune and Sean Winder, has graciously received the Creative Ireland Bursary Award 2023 from Kildare County Council.

A neon sign with the words ‘Our Place’ in block capitals. The sign is glowing a warm purple pink colour.

“Two new Insight Artists-in-Residence announced: AlanJames Burns and Erin Redmond” (Insight Centre)

AlanJames Burns grateful recipient of Artist-In-Residence position at Insight Centre Dublin City University a Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Data Analytics.

The Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics artist-in-residence programme awards artists in the community who wish to engage in scientific research to further their own practice, fostering links between the arts and science communities to promote interdisciplinary research.

The purpose of the residencies is to support artists, curators or producers to develop and research new, ambitious work intended for public presentation. The residencies will allow the artists impactful access to current research at Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics at Dublin City University. The research collaborations will focus on the development of a particular project.

It is hoped that the residencies will inspire the creation of work that is ambitious and far-reaching: works that propose new forms of medium and new ways of theorising complex scientific ideas.

Artist AlanJames Burns, an individual with masculine features wears a deep blue denim shirt and is smiling directly towards the viewer. Their features are in a pleased and content expression, with the corners of the mouth turned up and the front teeth exposed.

Review of ABAM at Contemporary LYNX

As I look at the artist’s brain, slowly pulsating, they begin to describe it to me. “Wrinkly foreskin” they say at one point. “A Picasso”. Minutes pass, and the MRI of the brain recedes into a smaller and smaller image.

At the point of implosion, where it becomes less an object and more a vaporous cloud, the artist’s whispery voiceover characterises the moment of sublimation as “a rock into the wind / big bang.” This description is imaginatively precise but removed from its context it becomes less a description than a kind of parable…

An angled projector screen depicting rippling waves in a rainbow of directions and colours. A silhouette of an individual wearing headphones sits in front of the projections. Next to them is a tablet on a stand.

“Insight: ‘Augmented Body, Altered Mind,’ delving into the workings of the brain(s) in real-time” (Clot Magazine)

There is an exciting interplay of technology and language in Burns’ practice. It is a specific use of language that layers on top of the work, creating space for feelings of affinity and allowing the possibility of an error; it embraces the fallibility of our minds, technology, and our relationship to it. It also points out a sense of resistance towards the normative and brings up the relationships between technology, language and bodies that are at the periphery of the capitalist, ableist system – queer bodies, disabled bodies, and migrant bodies…

“Opinion: Neurodiversity could be a powerful tool to help re-shape the world” (Journal.ie)​

IN 2018, I was diagnosed with a learning disability, having severely struggled for decades with my relationship to language, words and printed text.

The diagnosis came as a relief in some ways, as learning I had double deficit dyslexia allowed me to describe and articulate my experience. I found that people had a clearer understanding of how I see the world when I was able to put a name on my difficulties.

I’m a visual artist, and so you’d imagine that I spend most of my time creating art. But in fact I spend about 90% of my time on administration; writing proposals, managing project budgets, compiling reports and answering strings of daily emails….

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