We only hear what we listen for.
Listening Club is a night of musical listening and sharing. Hosted by artist Mark Garry, you are encouraged to bring along music you adore and want to share with other folks.
Listening Club was a weekly group activity initiated by Mark and musician Sean Carpio in 2009. On a Wednesday evening at Mark Garry’s studio, listening club participants were invited to bring music they felt was significant, progressive, interesting or that they simply just loved to listen to collectively within the club.
For the Nostalgic Listening Club Mark & Sean are inviting you to the Mechanics Institute to do the same. You can briefly introduce the piece of music if you wish and the group will collectively listen to it.
Group listenings have existed in the United Kingdom for over 80 years in the form of Recorded Music and Gramophone societies and The Federation of Recorded Music Societies has been active since 1936.
To participate in Listening Club please bring along music in any of the following formats; Vinyl 7” or 12”, Gramophone 78’s,Tapes, CD’s or Mp3/Digital players.
The only condition of participation is that the music cannot be streaming from the internet.
Mark Garry’s practice stems from and is informed by a number of diverse fields of research. These inform his interest in observing and engaging with the many mechanisms that influence and effect how one navigates the world and the negotiation of defined space. In particular the complexity and subjectivity inherent in these navigations.
His practice is multifaceted and incorporates a variety of media, mechanisms and material interests. These include drawing,film making, photography, sculpture, sonic sculpture, performance and collaborative music projects. In many cases a number of these elements are combined in a singular exhibition situation to form installations. This practice is both research based and process driven. While there are consistent materials and methodologies he responds to a new set of conceptual criteria with each situation/opportunity.
Mark has a specific interest in music as a cultural identity and has made 9 musical releases to date. Most recently an album entitled A Winter Light.
Mark has held exhibitions at museums and art venues in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia and was one of the artists who represented Ireland at the 2005 Venice Biennale.