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IMMA International Summer School 2022: Eimear Walshe
The household and its moral kingdoms.

The household is taken to be the neutral organising mode of society. Being a household occupant is a condition of legibility by the state for the purposes of almost all services and rights. The household is used as a basic measurement unit by the census. It is by and large the site of unseen care and social reproductive work. Over the past number of years, messaging about what demographic formation is assumed of a household took an especially socially and sexually conservative turn. On the individual level, the assumption became that one’s familial, intimate, sexual, and meaningful relationships are largely represented by the people living under the same roof as you. Moments of breach expose the dangers in assuming the household as a neutral unit, that a given household is a safe, adequate and viable place to conduct a life is not guaranteed. With shelter in the first instance being more and more difficult to come by, alternative accommodation in such cases is sometimes impossible. A house is separated from the wild-out-there physical world by the materials of it's walls, windows and roofing. Its household is separated from the wild-out-there social world by its etiquettes and coding, spoken and unspoken. This talk with look at the house and the household as physical and social structures, with an emphasis on Irish historical and colonial examples, and the role of these subject in the artist's own work.

This online talk is part of the IMMA International Summer School 2022, taking place between the 20 June and 8 July 2022. The Summer School comprises a programme of seminars, discussions and workshops by a range of national and international artists, theorists and educators focusing on the theme of ‘self-determination’.

For information on other seminars and programme activities, please visit https://imma.ie/whats-on/imma-international-summer-school-2022

Jun 23, 2022 06:30 PM in Dublin

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