interiordasein berlin



Úr Berlin,

Irish EU Presidency Program

April 26 - June 9



Ian Joyce, "Lámh/Hand", Drypoint Print with chine cole, 23x29 cm


Úr is an arts and culture project developed in 5 countries: Germany, France, Portugal, Greece and Ireland.

Exhibition view in InteriorDAsein/Berlin.

See fotos of exposition and opening event: HERE


This preliminary Exhibition of the Úr project is a work in progress presentation of an on-going trans-european Art and culture program (2013-2014), initiated
and co-ordinated by Cló, a residential centre for contemporary art and media in the Donegal Gaeltacht, Republic or Ireland., the program is co-organised with the State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece and the Junta de Freguesia de Benfeita, Portugal.


Events in InteriorDAsein/Berlin:

Opening of Úr Berlin: 26th April, 8pm, 2013

Cló & The Living Archive.

Ian Joyce

Oona Hyland

Kevin McGee

Bernadette Cotter

Aoife McGarrigle

Launch of publication: Samkura, a Journey

Documenting the work of 17 artists participating in Samkura

Maria Boavida

Bernadette Cotter

Ingo Dúnnebier

Andre Goncalves

Oona Hyland

Ian Joyce

Fotini Kariotaki

Sarah Lewtas

Kevin McGee

Alexandra Ramires

Azat Sargsyan

Ioannis Savvidis

Nino Sekhniashvili

Lina Theodorou

Mkrtich Tonoyan

Guram Tsibakhashvili

Iliko Zautashvili

Closing event: 8th of June, 3pm

Presentation of Úr,

Cló & The Living Archive.

Discussion  & Forum.

Film, Crann na Teanga,

Dir. Ian Joyce. Cinematography, Micheal Joyce

Úr supported by the EACEA, Culture Ireland, The Arts Council of Ireland, Cló and The Living Archive.


{‘Ur, sanskrit (an indo european word, suffix, prefix, noun, verb or adverb, appearing in modern european and many indo-european languages:

In Gaelic Ur can mean new or fresh, whearas in German it means old or original. In this context Ur refesr to the ancient Persian city as well the modern Gaelic meaning}

EU Participating Countries:


ÚR is a trans-European art and culture exchange, encompassing an artist in residence exchange programme, the production of art works and an exhibition programme that includes performances, artists films, artists books, interdisciplinary works and presentations.

ÚR visualises a practical basis for a trans-european artistic and cultural cooperation project which considers the central role of language as a catalyst for cultural understanding and exchange.

ÚR interprets contemporary Art as a language of cross-cultural communication and as profound and contemporary means to activating European identity in a global and cultural context.

The Project is realised through a residential artists exchange programme, a trans-national Forum of workshops, exhibitions, performances, projections.

A publication and premotion that includes professional and academic research, publication, education and outreach programme.

The State Museum of Contemporary Art Thessalonika combines with Cló to support the professional development of UR through sponsoring the curatorial structure for the exhibitions, performances and artistic presentations of the project in all of the participating countries.

The coordinator Cló (Ireland) combines with the Junta de Freguesia, Benfieta (Portugal) to provide the support structure for the production of art works in distinctly rural and environmentally unique landscapes in Portugal and Ireland.

ÚR provides for:

1. Thematic research and exchange between artists and cultural workers through an International Forum and Summer School.

2.The Practical development of art works through an International artist-in-residence Program involving the mobility of all participants.

3.The dissemination of artworks through exhibition, documentation, audience participation and promotion (see communication plan) and the circulation of artworks through the co-organisers in all participating countries.

Participating artists will be selected through agreement of the co-partners and will be drawn from all participating countries with a minimum of 6 participants from each of the participating EU states and 6 artists from the trans-european  network.


ÚR involves the cultural co-operation of Ireland, Greece and Portugal in the development of an art and cultural heritage project whose focus is European cultural identity.

The concept of the project is suggested in the title “Ur”, which suggests the linguistic connection of the indo-european languages of the participating countires as well as implying an ancient cultural and historical connection with central asia.

ÚR interprets contemporary Art as a language of cross-cultural communication.

ÚR has a research and development aspect as well as a production and dissemination aspect. These aspects are combined and put into effect through:

1. A trans-European Artists-in-residence Programme,

2. A Trans-European Forum

3. Artists Development Workshops,

4. An International Exhibition Programme and Publication.

The Research, development and production of new art works takes place in a structured thematic context focusing on language, landscape and environment.

The coordinator Cló (Ireland) combines with the Junta de Freguesia, Benfieta, Portugal, to provide the support structure for artists to research and develop art works in distinctly rural and environmentally unique landscapes in Ireland and Portugal.

The State Museum of Contemporary Art Thessalonika, Greece combines with Cló to support the professional development of ÚR through sponsoring an international forum in Greece, Ireland and Portugal as well as providing the curatorial structure for the workshops, performances, exhibitions, projections and publication of the project.

Core Participation:

The selected artists will be drawn from all 3 participating countries with a minimum of 6 participants from each of the participating EU states with a minimum  of 6 participants from the ÚR network.

Selection is by open submission in each of the EU countries. Each of the co-organisers will prepare a short-list of 12 artists from their respective countries with the final selection by agreement of the co-ordinator and co-organisers in May 2012 at the Co-ordinators/meeting in Ireland.

A short list of 12 participants from the Ur network will be drawn up by the co-organisers in consultation with assistant partners in the participating EU countries. The final selection of participants is by agreement of the co-ordinator, and co-organisers in September 2012.

EU networked countries are as follows: Finland, Sweden, the UK, Romania,.

Trans-european network include the participation of Taiwan, India, South Korea and Japan.

Curatorial Participation:

The organizations linked through ÚR determine the curatorial structure. Each organization will nominate a minimum of one professionally qualified member of staff to the curatorial/support team or nominate a qualified person to participate for the duration of the project on behalf of the organization.

The curatorial and support participation will be finalized by agreement of the co-ordinator, and co-organisers in September 2012 at the 1st Co-ordinators/Co-organisers meeting.

Strands of the ÚR Project:

ÚR has 3 strands, which focus the 3 objectives of the Co-operation programme:

  • A Trans-European Forum that focuses on themes, which promote inter-cultural dialogue.

  • A trans-European artist-in-residence programme promoting the trans-national mobility of people working in the cultural sector. This strand is built around Art Development Workshops which are a focus for creativity and innovation.

  • An International Exhibition and Publication Programme supporting the trans-national circulation of cultural and artistic works and products.


The ÚR project is structured around 3 overlapping and interconnected themes, which are

Language, Landscape and Technology.

These themes are the basis for the curatorial (theoretical) and creative (practical) structure of the project.

The Forum, Exhibition, Workshops and Publication are integrated through the themes.

Theme Topics:

Each of the themes is focused through a topic agreed with the co-organisers during the development of the co-operation agreement. These are:

1. “Common and uncommon etymologies”  (Language).

2. “The relevance of Cultural Heritage in Rural Landscapes to contemporary forms of expression” (Landscape).

3. “The Technology of Art: from Ancient Times to the Present Day” (Technology).

Topic 1

"Common and Uncommon Etymologies”

The languages of  ÚR are Gaelic, Greek, Portuguese.

ÚR emphasizes the idea of common linguistic roots. Greek, Latin, Gaelic are thought to radiate from  common sources in central Asia. The linguistic concept of common roots of highly distinctive and separate languages imply, from a linguistic, etymological and archeological  point of view the connections between the European Geographical limits. Artists interested in the possibilities of contemporary Art as a medium of cultural exchange are given access to a curatorial structure that encourages linguistic, etymological and cultural research.

ÚR emphasizes continuities and analogies as well as discontinuities and differences. In addition to research into common symbols, images, concepts, constructs associated with language dispersion, growth, displacement and change will be also be explored as inspiration for the participating artists and curators.

Topic 2

“The relevance of Cultural Heritage in Rural Landscapes to contemporary form of expression”

The village of Benfeita and the surrounding region in the Biera Alta, Portugal is twined with the rural landscape of Mín an Leá, Co Donegal to provide a practical and rural contexts for researching this theme. Both are areas of special environmental and cultural significance. The survival of an ancient indo European language (Gaelic) in a rural Irish landscape compliments the survival of traditional European patterns of cultivation in Portugal. ÚR is concerned with providing a context for contemporary artists to experience these areas of cultural significance through providing them with the conditions to experience their survival and continuity directly. The continuities of ancient forms of cultivation in Benfeita is an inspiration to artists investigating the links between living cultural heritage and contemporary forms of expression. In Min an Lea, Gort an Choirce in the Irish Gaeltacht artists are provided with a context in which they can experience at first hand how an ancient minority language survives and transforms itself in a way which adapts to the need for cultural development and change. These situations and their significance to contemporary creativity is of central concern to ÚR. The project in practice should demonstrate how Art may mediate continuities which are of vital concern in the field of contemporary expression and cultural innovation. The Junta de freguesia, Benfeita have special input into providing a support structure for developing this topic in a cultural heritage setting through providing participants with access to and the local community and to a network of cultural heritage projects in the locality.

Topic 3

“The Technology of Art from Ancient Times to the Present”

Research into " The Technology of Art" as the inspiration for making art works:

This topic is concerned with identifying continuities and analogies that exist between contemporary forms of technology in art and ancient forms of art production.

The theme is to be considered a practical analogy to the theoretical concern with landscape and language. ÚR focuses on the example of the history of Fine-art printmaking in Europe and related evolution of forms of art and art dissemination associated with trans-cultural transmission and contact.  The relevance of art forms and media which transmit these continuities over time is a central idea for discovering forms of contemporary expression relevant to the task of trans-cultural communication.

In particular ÚR will focus on the history of graphic art and print-making and how continuities and relationships can be utilized in the context of contemporary digital media.

Cló provide a workshop and media lab offering a continuum between traditional fine-art media (etching, lithography, photography) and new media (video, sound and digital media). Artists participating in ÚR are encouraged to make artworks using these media and especially in a manner that explore the continuities in with Topics 1 & 2, understanding them as a theoretical framework in which to explore innovative and creative ideas.


The State Museum of Contemporary Art {SMCA}, Greece sponsors the Trans-European Forum which takes place in Greece, Ireland and Portugal.

The key role of the Forum is to bring all the participants together with the curatorial support team in order to research and develop the project themes. The Forum will integrate the themes with the practical strands. It will also provide a blue-print for the presentation of the artworks in the International Exhibition Programme and Publication.


Through The Forum sponsored by The State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki  the themes will be developed as a catalyst and inspiration to the artists, who are supported to develop new works in the context of:

  1. The ÚR Artists Development Workshops. (Ireland and Portugal)
  2. A trans-European Artist-in-Residence Programme (Ireland, Greece and Portugal)

Please note all of the participants will be brought together in Greece, Portugal and Ireland.

A series of organised discussions with invited experts in the relevant fields will participate with whom the artists can interact over a period of time and in a structured environment.

The artists will present their own work and also outline ideas and proposals for the work they intend to make for ÚR.

The practical outcome of the Forum is:

The design, format and development of  text and visual publications of ÚR


an agreed curatorial structure for the Exhibitions, performances, and screenings  documenting and representing the work of ÚR for dissemination purposes.

The Forum will agree the input of artists, curators, academics and other contributors to the thematic research and provide curatorial support for the practical production of artworks.

The Forum is also responsible for putting in place a strategy for the sustainability and long term development of the project and its objectives.


1. Trans-European Artists-in-residence Exchange Program:


This Program provides for the mobility of all of the participating artists and makes use of 3 outstanding artist-in-residence facilities in Greece, Portugal and Ireland.

The locations/sites agreed for Trans-European Artists-in-residence Exchange Program are:

1.         Artists in Residence House

Teach an tSleibhe,

Min an Lea

Gort an Choirce

Co Donegal,


2.         Artists in Residence House

Sitio Bacelo

3305 – Benfeita,


3.         Artists in Residence House

Kolokotroni 23

464 30 Thessaloniki


The Artist in Residence facilities in Ireland, Portugal and Greece provides accommodation for 2 artists (from different partner countries) to live and work together, allowing for interaction and collaboration.

ÚR envisages an artist-in-residence programme that involves the mobility of all participanting artists. Within a 2-year framework participants from Greece will be provided with periods of residence in Portugal and Ireland.  Irish and Portuguese artists will participate in residencies in Greece.

Trans-European Artists-in-residence Exchange Program has a Research Dimension and Practical Dimension:

Each participating artist in the two year ÚR project is given a period of 1 month residency at the Artist in Residence House in Ireland


of a period of 1 month residency in Portugal (at the Artist-in-Residence House Benfeita)


a period of 1 month residency at the Artist in Residence House in Greece

Each artist is given the support for a period of Practice and a period of Research.

The Research element will emphasize Cultural Heritage and Cultural Dialogue . i.e the Landscape and Language themes focusing on the topics concerned.

The Practical element will emphasis Innovation and Creativity.

All of the participating artists will avail of the Trans-European Artists-in-residence Exchange Program:

Artists Development Workshops and Ur International Summer School:

The artists’ development workshops take place during the residency periods, the central aim of which is to assist the artists in researching, developing and producing their works.

Ireland, Portugal and Greece:

The Artists Development Workshops relate to the contexts in Ireland and Portugal. The purpose of the workshops in Ireland and Portugal are to directly assist the artists in making their work for the ÚR project and Exhibition.

Cló provides technical assistance and a superb equipment schedule in contemporary media and Printmaking. Staff will assist the visiting artists to develop and realise their works.

Participants in the program will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas, proposals and technical needs prior to commencement. This will form a central focus for the thematic discussion and research initiated and developed at the Forum


The workshops in Portugal emphasize Cultural Heritage and will facilitate the contact of the artists with the local community. These workshops provide an interface between the visiting artists who will be accommodated at the artist-in-residence house Benfeita, Portugal and the local community. The Junta de Freguesia de Benfeita, will provide assistance that will include local transport, Internet Café, a local school and Municipal meeting area. Technical assistance will also be provided to the artists in order to facilitate them in integrating their work with the workshops for the local community.

Artists will be encouraged to research the themes of ÚR in the surrounding area of Benfeita, which is one of the most unique landscapes in Europe where traditional forms of cultivation persist. A network of small institutions dedicated to rural cultural heritage will also be made available to the artists through The Junta de Freguesia de Benfeita.



The International Exhibition programme of ÚR is a central platform of the project.


This major visual art events, exhibitions, performances and screenings will be created by the participating artists and curated by the curatorial team of ÚR, directed by The State Museum of Contemporary Art,Thessaloniki{} in partnership Clo, Ireland.


The exhibition will be brought to Thessaloniki and developed by The State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki for the 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art 2013.


The final publication of the catalogue documenting and illustrating the project in its entirety will take place to coincide with the dedication of the new accommodation block and sculpture studio at Cló, Min an Lea, Gort an Choirce, Ireland concluding the project in 2014.

Through the publication of the catalogue of ÚR the co-ordinator and co-organizers agree and commit to a structure for the sustainability of the project.

In addition it is agreed that the network created through ÚR will be sustained after the project completion date in a manner that will clearly add value to the project in the long term.

The publication and launch will be designed to promote an international touring exhibition of ÚR from 2014.

The Forum will identify relevant venues internationally where this trans-European project will be presented in the future.


No. 1  Úr International Summer School

No. 2  Network as Forum

No. 3  Language, landscape and technology workshops

No. 4  Úr as film

No. 5  Úr as Performance

No. 6   Residency programme Ireland

No.7  Residency programme Portugal & Greece

No. 8  Exhibition Programme and Publication

*The co-ordinator and co-organisers will meet at Cló in order to agree and establish:

Project Profile and Identity:

  1. The participating group agree the communication and promotion plan for ÚR.
  2. Name, Logo/Emblem/Symbol, Letterhead, Brief description
  3. Website inauguration:
  4. Project Network formation:
  5. Project budget confirmation and adjustments:
  6. Selection of artists from EU
  7. Nomination and agreement of curatorial support team

International Cooperation Dimension:

ÚR has been developed from initiatives inspired by common objectives of each of the co-organisers. These objectives represent added European value through the innovative use of an existing physical infrastructure that combines the different sectors identified through the co-operative agreements:

Ø Outstanding Artist-in-residence facilities in Ireland and Provision of a trans-national forum through the leadership of a leading contemporary institution for mediating Contemporary and Modern art.

Ø The Provision of an art and media workshop equipped with the most advanced media technology.

Ø The provision of the infrastructure of a rural village in one of Europe’s most outstanding natural and environmentally intact settings.

Ø Provision of workshop facilities in Ireland and Portugal on a scale suitable to work-shopping of larger works and multi-media installations.

Ø The provision of exhibition space through the leadership of The State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki.

Through the integration of ÚR into new international and trans-European initiatives a concrete international cooperation dimension is generated. This refers to the networking of the trans-national infrastructure of ÚR with the Biennale of Contemporary Art in Thesalonika.

ÚR emphasises:

Mobility                        circulation                    dialogue

Originality                     innovation                    creativity


The European added value of ÚR is achieved through its unique and deeply evolved trans-European context which through the support of Strand III allows a network to be formed of vital cultural significance to the European project per se and particularly, to the objectives of the programme itself.

Through the themes ÚR focuses on issues of trans-European significance, through a structured mechanism of exchange, mobility, creativity, innovation, and the circulation of artistic/cultural goods.

In this way ÚR actively participates in a process of inclusive cultural exchange leading to sustainable development and integration across two sectors, Cultural heritage and Visual Art.


Each of the budget items is linked to the identified tasks. While the range and intensity of the participation of different sectors varies from strand to strand it is important to note that the participation of sectors is embedded in the themes of ÚR which are given a different practical application in each of the activities.

The ongoing dialogue between the themes and the practical work of the project is a crucial principle of the project per se. ÚR is a practical means to realising the shared objectives of project and the programme.

The co-ordinator of ÚR is Cló (Ceardlann na gCnoc Teoranta) which has over 10 years experience with cultural and artistic projects. The skills and experience of the members of staff responsible for the day to day management and implementation of activities is outstanding. Marjorie Doohan has co-ordinated all workshop activities and projects since 2004 and has wide international experience. In addition to attending cultural conferences and meetings relevant to developing Cló she has liaised directly with Alfredo Martins in Portugal and Maria Tsansaoglou in the development of this project. Marjorie Doohan is also supported by the founder of Cló Ian Joyce, an artist who has exhibited widely internationally, including exhibitions, in Georgia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Taiwan, Portugal, Armenia, Greece (Cyprus) since 1998.