Agitation, politics and monkeys at Ireland’s art biennial

Aidan Dunne

Published in:
Irish Times

April 2014

Jolley and Beech are key
. There are more than 50 artists, although El Baroni mentions two as being absolutely key to his selection: the late Paddy Jolley and the LA-based Amanda Beech.

On one level, her three-channel video, Final Machine , is easy to get. It plays out its diverse elements with the relentless pace of a thriller, with a touch of music-video pacing thrown in. Beech’s ambition is nothing less than to achieve in her work a new, speculative realism that manages to evade the existing structures of cultural and political systems that are deeply embedded in our everyday politics and art. That may account for a certain didactic tone.

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