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The following publications are available for purchase:

Holy Hiatus - Ritual and Community in Public Art

In May 2008. five temporary art events by artists Alastair MacLennan, Maura Hazelden, Simon Whitehead, Anna Lucas and Yvonne Buchheim took place in Cardigan, west Wales, exploring themes of ritual, community and place. Holy Hiatus sought to examine the ways that artists can draw audiences into different, often unexpected experiences of place through ritual. The temporary, mobile and in some cases understated nature of the works meant that the impact was often subtle, but the artworks nonetheless created a ripple of effect for audiences, leading witnesses to wonder what they had just seen and to what extenet they had knowingly or unknowingly participated in it.

This publication aims to extend this dislogue beyond the actual artworks, which have left no physical trace, but exist in people's memories and asdocumentation in the form of images and sound, and in recorded audience responses to the works. the book also offers a contextual framework for the project within a field of cultural theory that ranges from contemporary art to anthropology, sociology and religious studies.

Featuring contributions from: Ruth Jones, Alastair MacLennan, John Sharkey, Maria Kerin, Samantha Hurn, Simon Whitehead, Bobby C. Alexander, Iain Biggs, Anna Lucas, Zoe Skoulding, Yvonne Buchheim, Maura Hazelden, Elizabeth Mahoney

The book costs £20 and can be purchased from Parthian

For more information visit the Holy Hiatus website

And the One Doesn't Stir without the Other    2005

The exhibition And the One Doesn’t Stir without the Other took place at the Ormeau Baths Gallery from July 24th to August 31st 2003 and included works by the artists Hannah Wilke, Ana Mendieta, Claude Cahun, Helen Chadwick, Lucy Gunning, Jananne Al-Ani and Sandra Johnston.

As guest curators at the Ormeau Baths Gallery, Ruth Jones and Ursula Burke aimed to create an exhibition that explored ideas around the representation of female geneaology and feminine desire within art practices that spanned several generations. And the One Doesn’t Stir without the Other was the first exhibition in Ireland of this scale and ambition to explore feminine identity.

This publication aims to operate both as a document of the exhibition, but also as an opportunity to place the project within a wider context of gender debates internationally and within the context of feminist practice in Ireland. To this end, six artists either from Ireland or working in Ireland whose work was not included in the original show, but whose practices share some common themes with the project, have contributed images and text for the publication. These artists are Heather Allen, Pauline Cummins, Cathy Wilkes, Mary McIntyre, Kate Byrne and Alanna O’Kelly.

The publication includes essays by Whitney Chadwick, Ruth Jones, Marsha Meskimmon and Leontia Flynn. A PDF document of the essay 'Neither fused nor rejected' by Ruth Jones can be downloaded from essays

The publication costs £10 including p + p. To buy it please contact Ruth Jones ruthljones@hotmail.com

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chimaerae verae         2003-2006

This limited edition DVD, box and booklet developed out of a project by Ruth Jones that formed part of the exhibition Transformations at The Manchester Museum 2003 for which she was commissioned to make a new work that explored masks and identity in relation to the British Museum collection of masks, which was on display in the Museum. For this project, Ruth brought together two concepts connected with potentiality and becoming which have been central to her ongoing exploration of liminal states: the western folklore tradition of the sleeper as someone who lies dormant full of potential, and the crossing of the boundary between the human and animal kingdoms as understood in folklore and magical traditions and more recently explored by the philosophers Deleuze and Guattari. Ruth worked with a group of young teenagers (who are themselves in a liminal state between childhood and adulthood) to make animal masks that reflected a strong innate quality of each individual. A short film was created with the young people wearing their masks in the Mammals Gallery, a Victorian exhibition space full of stuffed animals in the museum.

This project evolved into a collaborative work with Iain Biggs (who shares Ruth’s interest in liminal states and in human-animal border subjectivities) and Josh Biggs who re-edited the museum footage to include Super8 material and photographs shot by Ruth in Pembrokeshire, creating a multi-layered film work in which the boundary between real and imaginary spaces is blurred. A hand made box contains the DVD, a booklet of text by Iain Biggs and three photographs by Ruth Jones.

If you want to purchase chimaerae verae, please email Ruth Jones at ruthljones@hotmail.com or go to Wild Conversations Press

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no place I'm going to

This publication was produced by the artist aimnin and Ruth Jones to cotextualise the project no place I'm going to which took place at the Context Gallery, Derry in 2002. The publication includes texts by Ruth Jones, aimnin and Declan Sheehan.

If you want to purchase this publication please email Ruth Jones at ruthljones@hotmail.com

 

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