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Sam Keogh

Sam Keogh (b. 1985) Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

At the centre of Sam Keogh’s practice is writing and object making. Keogh completed an MFA at Goldsmiths College, London (2014) and BA in Fine Art Painting from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2009).

Forthcoming exhibitions include Kapton Cadaverine, Kerlin Gallery (27 January – 10 March); Eva International, Limerick (14 April – 8 July) and Glasgow International (20 April – 7 May).

Recent solo exhibitions include Eurocopter EC135, Dortmunder Kunstverein (2016); Four Fold, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2015); Mop, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2013); Terrestris, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2012); and Temporary Halo, Storefront, Vancouver BC (2010).

Recent group exhibitions include Riddle of the Burial Ground, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2015), travelling to Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp (2016); Flat Time House, London (2016); Lismore Castle Arts; GrazMuseum, Graz (both 2015); Douglas Hyde Gallery (2014); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2013); The Model, Sligo (2013); NCAD Gallery, Dublin EVA International, Limerick and Brucennial, New York (all 2012).

Read Sam Keogh’s description of his GI work, Kapton Cadaverine, here (PDF).

Joseph Buckley, Jamie Crewe, Jesse Darling, Cécile B. Evans, Lynn Hershman-Leeson, E. Jane, Sam Keogh, Mai-Thu Perret, John Russell

Cellular World: Cyborg-Human-Avatar-Horror

Director's Programme

Cellular World is a group exhibition featuring works by nine different internationally renowned artists that introduces the key thematic concerns of this year’s Director’s Programme.

We live in a world where technology plays a large and changing role in everyday life. In an age of social media, most of us will have avatars – versions of ourselves – online, prompting us to question how we are represented and how we represent ourselves. At the same time, we are at a historical moment where the future frequently appears as a precipice between utopia and dystopia.

The works on show explore questions of identity and individual and collective consciousness at a time of prolific social change and uncertainty, when reality can often seem more like science fiction.

Curated by Richard Parry, Director, Glasgow International.

Includes works commissioned by Glasgow International. Supported by Glasgow Museums, the Henry Moore Foundation and the Swiss Cultural Fund UK.

Fri 20 April – Sun 7 October
Mon – Wed & Sat, 10am-5pm
Thu, 10am-8pm
Fri & Sun, 11am-5pm

Performance by Sam Keogh:
Sat 21 April, 12pm

Sam Keogh

Cellular World: Kapton Cadaverine Performance


As part of the Cellular World group show for GI2018, Sam Keogh’s Kapton Cadaverine has transformed a corner of GoMA into the interior of a dilapidated starship. The installation is activated by a performance. It begins with an astronaut waking up in the battered cryopod at the centre of the ship. He displays symptoms of premature thawing: memory loss, confusion, frostbite. His stained outfit mark him out as the source of the ship’s filthy condition. He acknowledges the audience but only as hallucinations, spectral symptoms of a prolonged lack of human contact. Intermittently speaking and listening to the on-board computer, he tries to make sense of his surroundings by reassembling scattered memories of the Earth he left behind. These monologues are interrupted by manic descriptions of androids with liquid latex blood, the bacteria feeding on the ship’s walls, or an explanation of a Soviet philosopher’s idea to circumvent the heat death of the universe through a re-ignition of the Big Bang.

Kapton Cadaverine continues Keogh’s interest in melding performance, installation and sculpture into scrappy and mutable wholes. Sculpture and collage serve as props and mnemonic devices for the performance but are also in excess of these functions, spilling over with idiosyncratic detail and extraneous information. Here, the objects shift between artwork made by Keogh, props used by the performer and ambiguous technologies made by the astronaut in a vain effort to patch up the malfunctioning ship. In this indeterminate space, materials, memories and affects begin to smudge into each other until a sticky cognitive map begins to emerge.

Sat 21 April, 12pm

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