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    Thursday 26th March

    Culture File Weekly No.11

    If your laptop got to choose what you'll watch tonight, would you end up with American Beauty again? How is a DJ like a Ulster weaver? Which side of Dublin's historical fires were the Fire Brigade really on? And what exactly should one do with a Golden Olive? All questions essayed this week and now answered in The Culture File Weekly No. 11.

    Wednesday 25th March

    Culture File: Lough Mask Ghillie

    Easy oars on Lough Mask with a ghillie who knows all the underwater lakescapes that will never make it to Google maps.

    Tuesday 24th March

    Culture File: Why do computers love the Oscars?

    What would win best film if the Oscar’s were decided by computers? Aisling Kelliher on the algorithms’ favourite art.

    Monday 23rd March

    Culture File - Sampling Sounds and Textiles

    Finding (and even weaving together) the common threads of sound art and the Ulster linen industry, with David Littler.

    Friday 20th March

    Culture File Weekly No. 10

    This week, a special from FutureFest2015, London, a futurology fair at which Edward Snowden dropped in electronically, George Clinton appeared in a coat covered in golden flames to talk about adding funk to democracy, there was a neurological fairground ride, and everyone attempt to decode one of the event’s keywords: blockchain.

    Culture File - George Clinton on Copyright

    At FutureFest2015, funk godfather and Parliament-Funkadelic leader, George Clinton, sets down to talk about the future of copyright

    Thursday 19th March

    Culture File: A Fairground Ride Called Neurosis

    A fairground ride that reads your mind? Prof Brendan Walker on Neurosis, his ride/art project at FutureFest2015.

    Wednesday 18th March

    Culture File: FutureFest 2015, Music in the Future

    At FutureFest2015, we are imagining 'the Next Millennium of Human Music-Making' with author, Adam Harper.

    Monday 16th March

    Culture File: FutureFest 2015, the blockchain.

    Culture File goes to FutureFest2015: this time we meet Harvard Law School’s expert in crypto- technology that is 'the blockchain', Primavera de Filippi.

    Friday 13th March

    Thursday 12th March

    Culture File - Signs and Brands

    Brand whisperer, Eoghan Nolan joins Luke Clancy to decode 'Signs' a new US ad from McDonald’s.

    Culture File Weekly No. 9

    For edition No. 9, philosopher-turned-fashion designer, Roman Milisic, dreams a dream of Fashion Weeks yet to come, the Ulster Hall fills and empties its capacious lungs, as does Phelim Drew, as he gives us a taste of Orwellian song, while Sara Baume introduces us to her debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither - and her one-eyed dog, Winky

    Tuesday 10th March

    Culture File: 'Down and out...' with Phelim Drew

    'Down and Out in Paris and London' is up and in Dublin in a one man show from Phelim Drew.

    Monday 9th March

    Culture File: New York Fashion Week

    Manhattan-based philosopher turned designer, Roman Milisich, dreams a dream of fashion yet to come.

    Friday 6th March

    Culture File: Odette Toilette & the scence of the 1950s

    Odette Toilette fragrance history hits the 1950s, a decade in which the mass market had never been so mass.

    Thursday 5th March

    Culture File Weekly No. 8

    This week we will be coming to terms both with the not-quite ready for primetime technologies that go under the heading 'virtual reality' as well as with some well proven ones, namely the vast range of yeasts produced by one of Ireland's wealthiest men, plus we tune in to a murder of gift-giving crows, and we sniff the 1950s with Odette Toilette.

    Culture File: Communication by Touch

    The importance of touch as a means of understanding, communicating and remembering, with curator, author and academic, Leslie Millar. (But remember the boundaries, John Travolta!)

    Wednesday 4th March

    Culture File: Sarah Baume on her dog, writing and art

    Cork writer, Sara Baume on her debut novel and her dog, Winky, as well as on making and writing about art.

    Tuesday 3rd March

    Culture File: Biollionaire Brewer, Dr Pearse Lyons

    Meet the Irish biochemist/billionaire at the heart of the craft beer revolution, Dr Pearse Lyons.

    Monday 2nd March

    Culture File - Gift Bearing Crows

    Ever get a gift from a crow? 8-year-old Gabi Mann gets them most days from a murder of crows each of which she knows by name.

    Friday 27th February

    Culture File: Perfume After WWII

    Odette Toilette on the perfume industry's flight, in the shadow of WWII, from the old world, to the new.

    Thursday 26th February

    Culture File Weekly No. 7

    Voices from Mexico, Belfast and the land of the imagination on this week's weekly, as we explore the figure of the spornosexual, discuss stoking interest in symphonic music via Instagram with Alondra de la Parra, and hear from composer, Jennifer Walshe, about the feat of musical speculation that is the Avant Garde Archive of Ireland. (

    Culture File: Vitrual and Augmented Reality Trends

    MS Hololens, Magic Leap, Oculus Rift, Google Glass...Prof Aisling Kelliher appraises recent promises and products in the area of Virtual and Augmented Reality.

    Wednesday 25th February

    Culture File: Mexican Conductor, Alondra de la Parra

    Do you follow the conductor on Instagram? Mexican conductor, Alondra de la Parra, on the modern maestro.

    Tuesday 24th February

    Culture File: The Avant-Garde Archive of Ireland

    Jennifer Walshe is a prominent Irish composer. Actually, she’s several prominent Irish composers, only one of them real.

    Monday 23rd February

    Culture File: Spornosexual Dining

    Spornosexual-friendly dining with the crew at Belfast's Home restaurant. A spornosexual is a man who aspires to the toned and muscled body-type of professional sportsmen.

    Friday 20th February

    Culture File: Odette Toilette & 1930s Scents

    Odette Toilette continues her voyage into scent with the birth of product placement & the 1937 release of Shocking.

    Culture Weekly No. 6

    This week Culture File moves from high on a hill above Cork city, remembering conductor, composer and teacher, Aloys Fleischmann, to diving down into the fathomless depths of International Klein Blue with writer and Yves Klein scholar, Nuit Bania.

    Thursday 19th February

    Culture File: House Concerts with the Piatti Quartet

    The Piatti String Quartet squeeze onto a North Great George's Street settee with Raymond Blake, as they prepared the Dublin 'drawing room' concert.

    Wednesday 18th February

    Culture File: Yves Klein Blue

    What is it about the colour blue? Yves Klein, colour and commerce with critic and writer, Nuit Banai.

    Tuesday 17th February

    Culture File: Yves Klein

    The many deaths of Yves Klein, with Nuit Banai, author of a new book on the trickster inventor of Klein International Blue.

    Monday 16th February

    Culture File Weekly No. 5

    This week we spend a little time with groundbreaking British performance artist and self-professed Republican, Stuart Brisley, visit a shop selling what poet, Paul Durcan calls 'Celtic Fashion' and go underground, in Cork, where the rivers run free.

    Culture File: On Musical Snobbery

    Is Puccini too popular to be good? George Fleeton on the pervasiveness of Puccini and musical snobbery.

    Friday 13th February

    Culture File: Culture File: The Fleischmanns & Cork Orchestral Society P2

    The trials and triumphs of the Cork Orchestra Society, with Maeve Fleischmann, daughter of the composer, Aloys.

    Thursday 12th February

    Culture File: The Fleischmanns & Cork Orchestral Society

    The Fleischmanns and the musical history of Cork are on the menu when Culture File breaks for quiche with Maeve, daughter of composer and educator, Aloys.

    Wednesday 11th February

    Culture File - Cleo on Kildare St.

    Come with us behind the red door at No. 18, Kildare Street, inside Cleo, keeps the flame of the Irish handknit (and its smell) alive.

    Tuesday 10th February

    Culture File: Stuart Brisley. Artist II

    Sixty-plus years of art making and counting: the work of British artist, Stuart Brisley’s work, at the MAC, Belfast.

    Monday 9th February

    Culture File: Stuart Brisley, Artist PI

    The many directions of veteran artist/educator, Stuart Brisley, from landscape painter to transgressive performance artist and back.

    Friday 6th February

    Culture File: The Scent of Success in the 1930s

    Odette Toilette's voyage into scent reaches the 1930s, and Joy, a perfume to appeal to the 30s super rich.

    Thursday 5th February

    Culture File Weekly No. 4

    This week Culture File has been roaming the Dublin docks not helping much with the installation of a new art project, listening to cellist, Matthew Barley experiment with healing music, welcoming composer, performer and reverb fanatic, Brigid Power-Rice, and journeying a little deeper into a century of scent, with scent historian, Odette Toilette.

    Culture File: Cork's Waterways in Sound

    Composer, Tom Lane and performer, OlwenFouéré, offer a headphones tour of Cork's waterways.

    Wednesday 4th February

    Culture File: On Acting in A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

    Aoife Duffin on becoming the girl in question in Corn Exchange's stage version of Emer McBride's novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing.

    Tuesday 3rd February

    Culture File: Songwriter Brigid Power-Ryce

    Tales of an abandoned underground carpark and the ideal way to stress test freshly-composed songs, with Brigid Power-Ryce.

    Monday 2nd February

    Culture File - Dublin Ships

    The Arklow Venus and all the other ships moving via Dublin Port get their names in lights courtesy of artist, Cliona Harmey.

    Friday 30th January

    Culture File: Odetette Toilette and the Smell of Chanel

    Odette Toilette continues her voyage into the scents of the 20th century, with a squirt of Chanel No.5.

    Thursday 29th January

    Culture File - Cellist Matthew Barley

    Cellist, Matthew Barley, on the therapeutic power of sound and music.

    Wednesday 28th January

    Culture File: Catalpa Kitchen Review

    Over a pot of tea, playwright & director, Phillip McMahon and his Mam assess the revival of Donal O'Kelly's Catalpa

    Tuesday 27th January

    Culture File Weekly No. 3

    A secret garden hidden behind Thomas Street, a White van parked up in Crumlin and a kitchen in Finglas are the locations for a Dublin odyssey this week on Culture File, as we explore a garden/art project, the revival of Donal O'Kelly's Catalpa and percussionist, Alex Petcu-Colan's take on the music of Evelyn Glennie.

    Culture File: Guerrilla Gardening with Tony Lowth

    The future of gardening, with self-styled guerrilla composter, Tony Lowth, the horticultural brains behind NCAD's Garden Farm.

    Monday 26th January

    Culture File: NCAD Urban Gardening

    In every secret garden, a compost heap. The footsoldiers of a foodie revolution at NCAD talk kale and relational aesthetics.

    Friday 23rd January

    Culture File: The Scents of the 20th Century II

    Odette Toilette continues her journey into the Twentieth century of scent with the treason of 4711, the distant bonfire of Chanel's Cuir de Russie, and fragrances for the smoking woman.

    Thursday 22nd January

    Culture File Weekly No. 2

    In this week's program, we float in the strange particles of another world w/ sean-nós master, Iarla Ó Lionáird, attend an unsettling feast of things you might foolishly have imagined were inedible with the Domestic Godless, and hear from Odette Toilette about imaginary flowers and olfactory intellectual property in the early years of the 20th C.

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