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February 2022 – February 2023
To mark a century of Ulysses, three of Ireland’s most innovative arts organisations and practitioners – ANU, Landmark Productions and MoLI – have joined together to present Ulysses 2.2, a year-long, nationwide odyssey of creative responses to the 18 episodes that chronicle an ordinary day in the life of Leopold Bloom. See the full list of episodes and artistic responses below.
Over the course of a year, Ulysses 2.2 will build into an extraordinary collection of modern-day Irish artworks – inspired by Joyce’s seminal text, and shining a light on the Ireland of 2022.
February 2nd, 2022 marks the centenary of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, the defining literary monument of the 20th century, the single most influential Irish artwork ever produced and the 100 year old book that continues to feed innumerable global conversations, and just as many quarrels.
These brave, bold artistic experiments will be undertaken by 18 multidisciplinary artists who will venture beyond their creative comfort zone to uncover stories of modern Ireland, framed and inspired by the 18 episodes of the book.
Beginning with Episode 1, an installation at MoLI curated by author Anne Enright, which features state of the art eye-tracking technology, and ending with Episode 18, a breathtaking collaboration between Irish National Opera and ANU, Ulysses 2.2 will be an ambitious year-long, nationwide programme of creative adventures to challenge, inspire, uplift and reflect. A rich and diverse gathering of established and emerging Irish artists and cultural makers will showcase their responses in myriad ways, from traditional art forms to cutting edge technological innovation.
In collaboration with director Louise Lowe and visual artist Owen Boss of ANU, those who have responded to the Ulysses 2.2 challenge include writers Anne Enright, Fintan O’Toole, Marina Carr and Emilie Pine; poets Paula Meehan, Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, Molly Twomey & Harry Clifton; choreographers David Bolger of CoisCéim and Emma Martin of United Fall; children’s theatre practitioners Branar; architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects; composer Evangelia Rigaki; food artists The Domestic Godless; musicians Fehdah, Matthew Nolan, Adrian Crowley and God Knows; curator Iarlaith Ni Fheorais; and writer and activist Sinéad Burke.
Ulysses 2.2 is funded by an Open Call award from The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
Join the odyssey at ulysses22.ie for more details about each of the following artistic responses.
Episode 1: Anne Enright
Episode 2: Branar and children throughout Ireland
Episode 3: Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara / Grafton Architects
Episode 4: David Bolger and CoisCéim Dance Theatre
Episode 5: Owen Boss / Louise Lowe / ANU
Episode 6: Paula Meehan
Episode 7: Fintan O’Toole
Episode 8: The Domestic Godless
Episode 9: Matthew Nolan & Adrian Crowley
Episode 10: Emma Martin / United Fall
Episode 11: Fehdah
Episode 12: Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, Molly Twomey & Harry Clifton / Poetry Ireland
Episode 13: God Knows
Episode 14: Louise Lowe / Emilie Pine / ANU
Episode 15: Iarlaith Ni Fheorais / Arts & Disability Ireland
Episode 16: Sinéad Burke
Episode 17: Branar / MoLI
Episode 18: Marina Carr / Louise Lowe / Evangelia Rigaki / Irish National Opera / ANU