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Gallery: RUA RED Dublin – August 19th to 23rd September 2017

‘The Core Project’ exhibition by artist/curator Matthew Nevin was a large-scale installation featuring 144 videos from participants across the globe, filmed live answering a question that they have not previously seen. By withholding the question, the artist  removes the participant’s ability to prepare, producing a series of natural and behavioural nuances within an international cultural context. The installation, created from 300 suspended white cardboard boxes, alternated between a multi screen presentation of all videos and a single screen where the viewer engaged with one audio track at a time. {See Images Above & Video Below}

This exhibition is one part of an ongoing, multifaceted, visual art project Nevin has been developing since 2010. For this installation, Nevin chose one respondent from each sovereign state in the world to contribute to the project by filming themselves all answering the previously unseen question.

The project is as much about the participant’s verbal response as it is their attitude towards the unknown. A primary aim of the project is to engage citizens of the world in a global cultural experiment that serves to highlight the diversity and complexity of people; opening a door to individuals from all corners of the earth.

“Through this inclusive project I wish to break down barriers on how Art can be perceived, created and viewed, with an aim to engage, unite and create a spark in people’s lives.” – M. Nevin

The Core Project focuses on the accumulation of an ephemeral ‘art public’ by analysing each participant: their process of understanding the question; their choices in visually setting the scene; and their manner and practice in participating in the project. Acting as both a global online artistic endeavour and an archive of a group of individual real-world responses, the artwork focuses on intervention in, engagement with, and critique of the dominant political and economic order of society. Respondents become the subjects, and even sub-artists in the project, moving away from singular spectatorship.

Through this form of activation and collaboration, art online in all forms has become a collective creation process. Technology enables the sharing of opinions/thoughts of artists and participants from all over the world, permitting the co-creation of art that exists both virtually, on the project website, and in tangible form – an installation.

Selection of Press:

“Nevin has created an extraordinary archive of humanity. With more than 150 videos,  

it’s by turns, uplifting, philosophical and heart-breaking.” Gemma Tipton IRISH TIMES

”How one Irish artist asked the biggest question of them all” RTE CULTURE

“This diverse treasure trove of audio-visual information is worth a visit.” DUBLIN.IE

“7 Deadly Things Going On In Dublin This Weekend!” LOVIN DUBLIN


Below videos can be viewed at 1080p and in full Screen.

Exhibition Promo

Interview with the Artist

Single Screen

Multi Screen

Supported by

Rua Red Gallery, Arts Council of Ireland, MART Gallery,

South Dublin County Council, Galway City Council, Kildare County Council.

Technicians: Hugh McCarthy, Jason Kearney, Paul Heary, Robin Price, Anthony Murphy, James Delaney

Photography: Joseph Carr, Bernard O’Rourke, David Reilly,Aoife Giles

Research: Lynda Phelan, Chiara Pizzi,, Roisin Bohan, Olga Criado Monleon

Maoliosa Boyle, Joyce Dunne, Orla Mcgovern and all at RUA RED.