Dubliner Amanda Coogan is an internationally acclaimed artist working across the medias of live art, performance, photography and video. She has performed and exhibited her work globally, her work moving freely between solo presented live performances, group performances and living installation. 

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Paddy Cahill's film Amanda Coogan - Long Now, a portrait of Coogan's an exploration of Coogan’s gruelling six-week live durational exhibition I’ll sing you a song from around the town at Dublin’s RHA Gallery, premieres at the Aidi Dublin International Film Festival on Sunday, February 18th - details here.

Art

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Joy Gerard’s shot crowd and Daphne Wright’s Emotional Archaeology at the RHA Gallery are two beautiful and sometimes heart-stopping exhibitions currently on show. These are artists at the prime of their practice and we get an exquisite look at a substantial body of their work. Jaki Irvine’s If the ground should open at IMMA last month was an outstanding show. I always get completely drawn into the worlds she creates, the alluring, questioning, boldness of this immersive installation was fecund with ideas and thought provoking moments.

I’m looking forward to the Highlanes Gallery’s summer exhibition Bristle: the Art of Hair. They’ll be looking at hair in visual culture both from their collection and commissioning new work around the subject. Also: Oonagh Young and Mary Cremin’s The Tree Line Project, soon to go on in the North Inner City of Dublin is bold in its ambition, It promises James Joyce, Joseph Beuys, Tree planting and performances in Liberty Park in the heart of the Monto, I’m ready.

Film

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I’m excited about the Dublin International Film Festival and especially Aisling Walsh’s Maudie. I’m also totally thrilled for Ruth Negga, and Loving. She’s Irish, a woman and being called young at the age of 35 - brilliant! Mark O’Rowe’s film The Delinquent Season is one I’ll be watching out for later this year. It’s his first feature as writer/director and has an amazing cast. I recently stumbled upon Oonagh Kearney’s Oiche Nollaig na mBan, a visual response to Sean O Riordain’s poem and loved the beautiful imaging of woman across generations dancing their way around Cork City.

Music

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Beethoven, it always has to be Beethoven. But it can’t be just any one playing Beethoven. Beside our own John O’Conor playing the suite of Beethoven’s Sonatas, I am totally obsessed with Sviatoslav Richter playing the Appassionata. There’s a passionate, teetering madnesss to the way he played the work; pumping the keys on one phrase and the next, barely caressing them. I’m a pain to live with because on a bad (good) day I’ll continually repeat the couple of minutes of the ‘madness’ of this recording. I’m listening to Andrei Gavrilov playing Bach’s Harpsicord Concerto in D in my car. Cars and long solitary drives are the most fabulous way to listen; you can play it very loud, on repeat and even sing along.

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Book

A friend handed me Jeanette Winterson’s Why be happy when you could be normal? and I’m devouring it, It’s searingly honest, funny and a little heartbreaking. I have The Serpent and the Goddess, Mary Condren’s book charting the decline of female power in western civilisation on the go as well. It is so rich. She’s bringing me down channels of thought I had never considered. Maureen Concannon’s The Sacred Whore is a fascinating read on the phenomena of Sheela-na-gig sculptures. They are a conundrum, on one side they're seen as The Great Mother, and on the other The Divine Hag, and Concannon goes through the arguments on each side. The book is so well-researched it also serves as a great resource for locating the sculptures that are still insitu around the island of Ireland.

Play

Red by John Logan is a play about the painter Mark Rothko’s life on at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast in April and I am looking forward to see how the director Emma Jordan tells this amazing story.

Patrick O'Kane in the Lyric Theatre production of Red

TV

The Works Presents is a must watch for me. Their Laurie Anderson and Alice Maher programmes were intimate and beautiful portraits of the artists. I’m a fanatic for arts programmes, I love watching old episodes of BBC’s Arena and The South Bank Show; Bragg’s interview with Francis Bacon over a boozy lunch is the stuff of legend.

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Gig

Mary and the Pigeons at the Workman’s Club was just a beautiful treat. Her voice and her lyrics are so naive and fresh. I always feel like her music seeps under your skin rather through your ears.

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Radio

I am a radio junkie, in fact a RTÉ Radio 1 devotee, I rarely switch the dial (I just turn it off for the programmes I don’t like and or shout loudly at the radio). I always tune into Sean O Rourke and I love the Friday Gathering but John Creedon in the evening is best! I think it shows my vintage but there is usually lots of dancing in the kitchen and roaring “I haven’t heard this in AGES!” in our house on a weekday evening.

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The Next Big Thing

Jesse Jones will represent Ireland at this year’s Venice Biennale. With her focus on social justice I think this should be an exceptionally strong year for Ireland at the Biennale.

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