Dr. Amy Hale 

Esoteric Art, Women Artists: Evolution and Confluence

Hosted by Dr. Dean Kenning and recorded on 03/03/22 

This talk will explore the changing category of esoteric art from the “Occult revival” of the nineteenth century to the present day, with a focus on the women who have pioneered and innovated within the genre.  I will be addressing women’s visual art, performance and installation in exploring the different contexts in which esoteric art has emerged and how it has been received, ranging from early movements such as Symbolism and Surrealism, to the impact of Theosophy and Spiritualism. We will look at artists such as Florence Farr, Hilma af Klint, Georgiana Houghton, Ithell Colquhoun, and a wave of contemporary artists such as Tai Shani who are reconfiguring the boundaries of this exciting and fluctuating genre.

Dr. Amy Hale is an anthropologist and folklorist writing about esoteric history, art, and culture. Her biography of Ithell Colquhoun, Genius of the Fern Loved Gully, is available from Strange Attractor Press, and she is also the editor of Essays on Women in Western Esotericism: Beyond Seeresses and Sea Priestesses (Palgrave Macmillan).




Anne Tallentire 

Anne Tallentire will make an in-situ durational work in the theatre of the ICA. Drawing on her interest in the politics of space that has characterised Tallentire’s practice for over three decades this speculative work will slowly evolve between 2.00 - 6.00pm on 8th March. Reflecting upon various conditions and restraints that impact daily life an immersive engagement with dispersed and fragmented elements of the work as it takes place will be encouraged. Tallentire will be assisted by Clare Daly and George Bularca.

Reading, ICA Theatre, 6pm
Booklaunch ICA bar, 6.30pm


An AI gendered (f), am I

a thought experiment about being a writer


a thought experiment about being a woman?

An Artificial Intelligence sits at the end of the world. Post-humanity, she is in dialogue with a past that no longer exists, reading the personal writings of Irish women—eyewitness accounts, interviews, letters—to generate new writing. A future sibyl, she is programmed to continue to write even when there is no one left to read.

Miss-Communication is a book of two halves. On each recto page, an AI text generated from the prison letters of Irish rebel politician and British aristocrat, Constance Markievicz, and interviews with 20th century Dublin women collected by Máirín Johnston in her 1988 book Dublin Belles. On each verso page, a choose-your-own-critical-theory adventure investigating language, autonomy, creativity, and gender identity. Joanna Walsh has both programmed the AI and written the essay, but is she the author of either ‘work’?

Miss-Communication is published by JOAN and supported by the Arts Council Ireland's Markievicz Award.