Artist Talk: Day Magee—Contraindications of the Cross


Online and in-person at Pallas Projects gallery & Zoom

6pm-7pm Friday 1st April

Register here

The talk will be an overview of their practice extrapolating the show work by work and as a whole.


Pallas Projects/Studios are pleased to present Day Magee—Contraindications of the Cross the first exhibition of our 2022 Artist-Initiated Projects programme.

​In Contraindications of the Cross, Magee presents a series of votive multimedia chronicling the lived intersections of queerness, illness and faith, prospecting the raw material of their experiences. Raised in fundamentalist Evangelical Christianity, and socialised as male, they navigated the traumas of conversion therapy and sexual violence, each intermingled with the inception of their queerness. In adulthood, they would go on to survive the ravages of chronic pain, chemically mediated through opioids.

More information: Day Magee—Contraindications of the Cross


Day Magee is a performance-centred multimedia artist based in Dublin. Since 2011, they have performed as part of live art organisations such as Livestock and the Dublin Live Art Festival, before pursuing a BA in Sculpture & Combined Media in Limerick School of Art & Design in 2017, during their time there staging group live art events with the collective Evil, and by their third year exhibiting work as part of Galway’s Tulca Festival 2019, group shows in Dublin and Manhattan, as well as being put forward for the Future Generation Art Prize 2020 by its Irish partner platform Pallas Projects Studios, and shortlisted for the RDS Visual Arts Awards. They are most recently commissioned by Arts & Disability Ireland and Live Art Ireland in 2021.

Magee’s work concerns the grieving of futurity as per the subjectivity of a queer sick body - queerness navigated via fundamentalist Christianity, and illness as manifest in chronic pain. Taking the form of performative multimedia, from live performance to image-making, the written word and music, they manifest and chronicle a self-mythology.

www.daymagee.com | Instagram: day.magee


Artist-Initiated Projects at Pallas Projects/Studios is an open-submission, annual gallery programme of 8 x 3-week exhibitions taking place from March-November 2022. This unique programme of funded, artist-initiated projects selected via open call is highly accessible to artists, with a focus on early career, emerging artists and recent graduates. Projects are supplemented with artists' talks, texts, workshops or performances, and gallery visits by colleges and local schools.

Pallas Projects/Studios is funded by The Arts Council


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  • Dennis McNulty, 'Boundary Conditions', 2021.
  • Echoes app logo


BOUNDARY CONDITIONS — guided walk with Dennis McNulty

Date: Saturday 15th January 2022
Time: 11:00 – 11:40
Location: Walkinstown Library. Percy French Road.
Tickets available via Eventbrite. On sale from 6th of January.

Boundary Conditions is an artwork produced in response to a year wandering the network of laneways carved into the housing estates of Walkinstown, Dublin.

Boundary Conditions (2021)

Posters, paste, geo-located audio collage incorporating sound-files both found and recorded by the artist.

Boundary Conditions' audio component is geo-located to four circular zones on the surface of the earth via the Echoes app. You need to be in one of those locations to access to the audio. Each zone is 2Km in diameter. They are centred on: Lismore (Waterford), Walkinstown (Dublin), Greenwich Village (New York) and Clifton (New Jersey).

This guided walk will take place in Walkinstown.

Please note this tour takes place outside and tickets are extremely limited. Please only book if you are certain to attend.


Boundary Conditions was commissioned by Lismore Castle Arts for the exhibition Light and Language, curated by Lisa Le Feuvre for the Holt/Smithson Foundation.

The work was produced with the support of The Arts Council of Ireland and CONNECT -the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks - at Trinity College, Dublin.


Notes on Participation

In advance

Guests must install the free Echoes app on their phone. (App logo on the left)
If possible, download the audio in advance.

On the day

Meet at Walkinstown Library at the agreed time.
Bring smartphone and headphones.
The walk is outdoors so dress appropriately for the weather.
Part of the route traverses a field, so if the weather is wet you may need to wear boots.


‘An anthology of examples - On Documentation’ Lecture performance by Frank Wasser

Saturday 11th December, 2pm
Gallery lecture with video
Venue: Pallas Projects
Booking essential: Tickets available via Eventbrite.

The Virtual Lectures is a series of public lectures devised and delivered by artist and writer Frank Wasser during the covid-19 pandemic. The lectures are streamed online and have been supported by various institutions in Europe and Ireland including PPS. The performance-based lectures ranged from topics such as the histories of art and activism to the slippery histories of internet based art.

In his lecture "Lecture In Inauguration of the Chair pf Literary Semiology, College de France, January 7th, 1977, Roland Barthes declared that "For what can be oppressive in our teaching is not, finally the knowledge or the culture it conveys but the discursive forms through which we propose them"

'An anthology of examples - On Documentation' is a new lecture-performance by Wasser which seeks to consider and interrogate the impossible promise of documentation and the work of art by analysing previous lectures given by Wasser and art historical case studies of documentation.


Frank Wasser is currently pursuing a practice based PhD at the University of Oxford in Fine Art. Upcoming and recent projects include 'Title, to be announced' a performance-lecture at Catalyst Arts, Belfast (2021), 'SLIP' an artist novel published by MA BIBLIOTHÈQUE (2022). Wasser teaches at Tate and London Metropolitan University and has written for Art Monthly, Flash Art and the Visual Artists Newsheet. Wasser is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Presented as part of 'Return to Disintegration'—Periodical Review 11, selected by Sheena Barrett, Alice Butler, Mark Cullen, Gavin Murphy

Image courtesy of the artist and 'Still from (Lectus-2021) A work in progress'


PPS/PVA Visual Art Writing Commission 2021 recipient Laurence Counihan

Pallas Projects and Paper Visual Art Journal are delighted to announce a new annual writing commission for early-career writers. The inaugural awardee for 2021 is Laurence Counihan. This award is the first in what will be an ongoing series, aiming to encourage, develop, and support new and ambitious critical writing in the context of contemporary visual art in Ireland, and to afford the recipient the opportunity to reflect on and publish work on their specific area of interest.

The commission is part of Pallas Projects' ongoing curatorial project Periodical Review (2011–ongoing) and together with the selected works is intended to further discourse on the contemporary moment in visual art in Ireland, while also building a record of art practice, projects, and concepts over time. These are commitments shared by Paper Visual Art Journal and this new critical initiative represents a welcome opportunity to collaborate across organisations. Awardees will receive a professional fee and editorial input and support from Pallas Projects and Paper Visual Art.. The the texts will form part of the printed exhibition publication, and will also be published online on the Paper Visual Art website.

About Laurence Counihan:

Laurence Counihan is an Irish-Filipino writer and critic based in Co. Kerry. Currently a teaching assistant and PhD student in the History of Art Department at University College Cork, his research is located at the intersection of art history, media archaeology, and continental aesthetics. His essays have been published in Circa Art Magazine, Paper Visual Art, Enclave Review, Visual Artist' News Sheet, Mirror Lamp Press, Hz Journal, and Yearbook of Moving Image Studies.

The PPS/PVA Visual Art Writing Commission is supported through Arts Grant Funding by The Arts Council


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