Irish artist James Ó hAodha responds to the professional career of Jean Leering, who was director of the van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. Leering argued for art having a social value, and called for a living museum – the very social fabric of which would be constituted by its own visitors. Similarly, Ó hAodha is concerned with social currency, the status of the audience, and activating the dormant potential inherent in the position of the visitor. Ó hAodha will respond to Leering’s pioneering exhibition The Street: A Form of Living Together, 1972 at Van Abbemuseum with his newly realised work Interlocuter.
James Ó hAodha (b. 1985, Wexford, Ireland) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Scotland. Graduating in Sculpture at the National College of Art and Design in 2009, he has continued to develop a socially engaged practice, working predominantly in public or common space. His interests lie in the creation of encounters, and his work often takes the form of intervention, performance/action and exchange. Over the past 4 years Ó hAodha’s practice has centred on explorations of the forms of life allowed for by the city: investigating its material economies and circulations, and testing limits of action and interaction.
Recent projects include For the Birds, ephemeral event as part of the exhibition Tonight, you can call me Trish, curated by RGKSKSRG at The LAB, Dublin, 2014; I won't say I will see you tomorrow, curated by Aoife Tunney, 2013; Walking We Ask Questions, Fringe Festival, Dublin 2012; RESORT, Ballymastocker Bay, Portsalon, Donegal, 2012; Experimentica 1.1 Live Art Festival, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 2011; One or Several Wolves, Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, 2011 and Tulca Living on the Edge: People, Place & Possibility, Galway, 2010. Ó hAodha is co-founder of Parallax Venice, a unique collaboration platform created by and for art practitioners working in peripheral roles at the 53rd Venice Biennale. Parallax continues to expand its transnational network with its ‘Offsite’ program, launched at Milton Keynes Gallery July 2010.