The Glass Virus Conversations

Embodied Narratives

Erin Dickson and Gayle Matthias are UK based artists who each have distinctive and diverse research practices engaging theoretical, digital and making genres as conceptual communication tools. The significance of British cultural heritage has defined both their work; they are interested in UK postindustrial landscapes and cultures of the North East and the Midlands (the Potteries). Through a conversational style dialogue, they explore mutual/threads of common thematics of inspirations and working methodologies and will discuss their personal responses to these experiences.

Erin Dickson is an artist, digital specialist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

Gayle Matthias is an artist, researcher and Subject Leader for BA(Hons) Crafts and Material Practices course at Plymouth College of Art and co-researcher for the Glass Virus

The full conversation and Q&A on Saturday, May 22, 8am PT / 5pm CET

Biographical Narratives
This lecture features Dr Caroline Madden in an interview with Dr. Joseph Mc Brinn, who is currently researching and writing a biography of the Irish artist Evie Hone who was widely heralded as the greatest stained-glass artist of the twentieth century. In this interview, Dr. Mc Brinn will discuss the complex process of researching the material history of craft, where only fragments of an archive exist, and of unearthing the fascinating story of a highly individual artist who left a remarkable legacy.
Dr. Caroline Madden is an artist researcher and lecturer in the School of Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design in Ireland and co-researcher for the Glass Virus.
Dr. Joseph Mc Brinn is a writer, curator and lecturer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He writes about and has lectured widely on Irish art, design and craft. He has published extensively on the intersecting histories of gender, disability and sexuality in art and design and particularly in modern craft and has served as an editor on the Journal of Modern Craft.

The full conversation and Q&A on Friday, May 21, 8am / 5pm CET

Global Narratives
This lecture explores Michael Roger’s international practices, as artist, educator and curator. Rogers has spent a large part of his career traveling and working in countries outside of the US which include Japan, China, South Korea and Latvia. Through his travels and many years of teaching and collaborations, Rogers has collected a unique array of global narratives. In conversation with artist researcher Jens Pfeifer, Rodgers will share and explore the cultural richness of the connections garnered through these lived experiences.

Jens Pfeifer is an artist and Head of the Large Glass Department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. He also is the founder and chairman of the Glass Virus.

Michael Rogers currently divides his time living and working in Riga, Latvia and upstate New York in the US. He maintains active research relationships with Rochester Institute of Technology, the Studio at Corning Museum and Alfred University.

The full conversation and Q&A on Thursday, May 20, 8am / 5pm CET

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