UPCOMING: The Medium is the Message

7 Sept - 29 Sept 2018

The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Curated by Alissa Kleiss

Exhibiting Artists: Chloe Brenan, Patrick Hough, Ermias Kifleyesus, Ciara Phillips, Lee Welch

This exhibition is project funded by Dublin City Council.


The Medium is the Message is a group exhibition including new and existing works by artists Chloe Brenan, Patrick Hough, Ermas Kilfreysius, Ciara Phillips and Lee Welch, curated by Alissa Kleist.


The exhibition takes its title and some of its thematic references from a book (The Medium is the Massage) and a chapter in Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, a seminal text in media studies by Marshall McLuhan. McLuhan proposes that how we send and receive messages is no less important than the message itself and that technologies have the capacity to alter the world around them.


Published over 50 years ago, McLuhan's pioneering texts remain relevant today and are particularly pertinent in the context of Black Church Print Studio, an organisation that focuses on the development and promotion of tactile, manual processes in the centre of a city that - like much of our global society - is increasingly shaped by disembodied digital technologies and intangible service-based industries.


The creation of physical objects using mechanical processes that have existed for hundreds of years is a testament to the enduring power of print as a medium. Organisations like Black Church Print Studio not only enable artists to produce images but also generate communities of interest and place. The Medium is the Message acknowledges a medium's ability to affect its environment and considers the role of matter in an increasingly immaterial world. Included in the exhibition will be moving image, print, drawing, painting, and sculptural works by international and Irish artists that explore these themes. The works in The Medium is the Message in different ways represent the agency of material and its ability to generate collaboration and connections and reflect on, as well as produce, societal change.


This exhibition is project funded by Dublin City Council.

Exhibition continues until Saturday, 29 September 2018
Opening hours: 12 - 6pm Tuesday - Saturday