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Rosc: Fiction of the Contemporary

Publication and performance, Irish Museum of Modern Art, March 23 2017

ROSC: Fiction of the Contemporary was a publication and performance by year one MA in Art and Research Collaboration researchers in response to the ROSC archives. ROSC was a series of influential contemporary art exhibitions held in Ireland from 1967-1988.

Through the medium of the archive the publication documented the planning and research process for a fictional ROSC retrospective exhibition in 1992 that never reached fruition.

The publication encompassed internal communications, research material and wider trends in contemporary art of the time; examining the tensions and contradictions in defining, and exhibiting, the contemporary.

The performance included readings and interpretations of archival texts. It  addressed the controversies and contemporary debates around the ROSC exhibitions that are highlighted in the publication.

ARC One 2016/17: Sophie Behal, Petra Berntsson, Isadora Epstein, Yvanna Greene, Jung-a Han, Yvonne Higgins, Maeve Lynch, Eoghan McIntyre, Rosie O’Reilly, Sarah O’Toole, Julia Ptak, Benjamin Stafford