a project by Paul O'Neill




coalesce is an on-going exhibitionary project, a mutating environment of overlapping painting, video, and text work in migration, and held at key locations. Works 'coalesce' and co-habit with one other, overlapping and interweaving in the gallery space to create one coalescent whole, yet always as a re-appearance, out of view of the embedded history of its serial mutations.


| coalesce : happenstance (Smart project space, amsterdam) (Jan 2000)
| coalesce : the remix (redux, london) (May 2005)
| coalesce : with all due intent (sligo, ireland) (Dec 2004)
| coalesce :2 (barcelona) (May 2004)
| coalesce: Mingle Mangle (London) (May 2005)

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coalesce: happenstance
smart project space (Amsterdam) january/feb. 2009

artists: Dave Beech ¦¦ David Blandy ¦¦ Het Blauwe Huis with M2M radio ¦¦ Kathrin Bõhm ¦¦ Nina Canell ¦¦ Oriana Fox ¦¦ Freee ¦¦ General Idea ¦¦ Jaime Gili ¦¦ Clare Goodwin ¦¦ Lothar Gõtz ¦¦ Anthony Gross ¦¦ Tod Hanson ¦¦ Toby Huddlestone ¦¦ Mark Hutchinson ¦¦ Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen ¦¦ Cyril Lepetit ¦¦ Ronan McCrea ¦¦ Jonathan Mosley & Sophie Warren ¦¦ ]em Noble ¦¦ Isabel Nolan ¦¦ Harold Offeh ¦¦ Mark Orange ¦¦ Eduardo Padilha ¦¦ Garrett Phelan ¦¦ Sarah Pierce ¦¦ Manuel Saiz ¦¦ Savage ¦¦ temporarycontemporary ¦¦ Tipos Moviles - a collaborative poster project by Jaime Gili and Luis Romero, with 40 invited artists ¦¦ Richard Venlet ¦¦ Robin Watkins ¦¦ Lawrence Weiner Matt White ¦¦ Mick Wilson

Coalesce fim programme
Ursula Biemann & Angela Sanders ¦¦ Jakup Ferri ¦¦ Esra Ersen ¦¦ Adia Isanovic ¦¦
Helmut & Johanna Kandl ¦¦ Tadej Pogacar and the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E Museum of Contemporary Art Marko Raat ¦¦ selected by B + B

Special opening event: musical performance by Irish music research group TradFutures@W2.0, organized by Mick Wilson. TradFutures@W2.0 consist of Nollaig ó Fiongháile, Brian Ó hUiginn, Patrick Daly and Bill Wright.

Coalesce' is the title of an evolutionary exhibition project, initiated by curator Paul O'Neill (Bristol) in 2003.'Coalesce: Happenstance' at SMART Project Space is the final version of the project and is the culmination of O'Neill's past six years of research and development into the possibility of an exhibition as a form of co-production between multiple agencies. Artists from previous editions (in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Spain) are gathered together for this large cumulative show.

`Coalesce: Happenstance' is an evolving exhibition as a work of art in progress, it posits exhibition-making as a form of artistic practice where the accumulation of actors and actions co-produce a single co-habited exhibition form. O'Neill has invited a vibrant selection of artists to take part in his project as co-producers to develop new work in response to each other, and to the overall exhibition structure and concept. Works overlap with one another, with the exhibition completed on-site by artists using the exhibition space as their space of production, whilst considering the exhibition as a collaborative structure that facilitates a space of co-habitation, critical responsiveness and of cooperative exchange. By exploring and articulating both formal and conceptual similarities, Coalesce is an inter-mingling of individual works operating at different spatio-temporalities from fast track to slower durational works. Taking the conceptual-form of a pictorial plane, the exhibition moves through three principal categories of organisation, with the Background, Middle-ground and the Foreground coalescing with one another.

The conceptual basis of `Coalesce' is the complex interaction between the artists and the gallery space, and the manner in which this develops while researching the usual modas of occupation of specific exhibition spaces. The final result dependant on the interaction, and many spaces of dialogue are created between the works, the space of the gallery and the audience. `Coalesce' is also specific in that one of its premises is to closely collaborate with other curators and institutions that are invited to respond to the concept of the project. SMART Project Space has invited Belgian artist Richard Venlet as a newcomer to the project with a newly commissioned work for the exhibition.

SMART Project Space is supported by: Mondriaan Foundation; Gemeente Amsterdam; Bureau Broedplaatsen; Stichting Doen; Filmfonds; Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds; VSBFonds; Pernod-Ricard.

Coalesce: Happenstance is supported by: the Flemish Authorities; Arts Council England, South West; Cultura Ireland; Engels verfspeciaalzaken, Amsterdam


“The opening on Saturday night (10 January) was astonishingly full,” says Irmin van der Meijden, who works at the new cultural centre. “The café/restaurant is getting busier, it’s really becoming a place to socialise and network.”

If the turn out to the opening this early January is a sign of where SMART Project Space is going in 2009, then the outlook is good.

Opening Coalesce: Happenstance
People must be getting the feeling expressed by SMART Project Space Foundation member Lawrence Dubrovich shortly after the centre’s launch at the end of last year. “Places to experience vibrant art are so rare in Amsterdam that it's a great feeling to walk in and have this sweeping feeling, 'this is really the place...."


Opening Coalesce: Happenstance Coalesce: Happenstance
The current exhibition Coalesce: Happenstance is a cooperative project in which 35 international artists share six gallery spaces. It is the last part of the project Coalesce which has been running internationally for six years in which the artists playfully interact with the space and the other artists.
“The artists are free to let the work overlap and take one another over,” says Irmin van der Meijden. “An extreme example is the artist Garrett Phelan who ordered the SPS staff to rent a paint-gun. He then appeared at the last build-up day to shoot out wads of black paint over the works of other artists in two spaces, including the gallery windows. The exhibition is a colourful installation which highlights the joyful side of art.”

The spacious and revamped building, formerly an anatomical pathology laboratory built in the 1930's, has six gallery spaces and two cinemas, one of which doubles up as an auditorium for sound, or theatre. An additional room, the former chapel where the souls of dead bodies took formal leave for the spirit world after serving their purposes for the furthering of science, is now the music room, expressing spirit through beats and rhythms of another kind. The cafe-restaurant is aptly named Lab III.

At the opening of exhibition on Saturday 10 January, musicians let rip with an Eastern-European flavour in the foyer.


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coalesce: the remix
redux (London) 13th May - 15th June 2005

Week 1: Launch Night May 13th.
Including Artists: The production of the “Coalesce” environment within which a programme of related artist' videos and performances will be presented, with artists: Kathrin Bôhm, Oriana Fox, Jaime Gili, Clare Goodwin, Lothar Gôtz, Anthony Gross, Tod Hanson, Stefan Nikolaev, Harold Offeh, Mark Orange, Eduardo Padilha, Marko Raat, Craig Richards.

coalesce is part of an on-going exhibitionary project, a mutating environment of overlapping painting, video, and text work in migration, and held at key locations. Works 'coalesce' and co-habit with one other, overlapping and interweaving in the gallery space to create one coalescent whole, yet always as a re-appearance, out of view of the embedded history of its serial mutations.


Taking the conceptual-form of a pictorial plane, the exhibition will be divided into spatio-temporal zones: Background, Middleground and Foreground sections, each offering a grounding, or platform for one another. Forming the Background will be Tod Hanson's and Lothar Gôtz exhibition-specific wall paintings. Produced on site, it will be then overlaid with posters by Kathrin Böhm and Jaime Gili from their respective ongoing print projects. These works will be overlapping each other and migrating across the whole space at ®edux.


The Middleground will comprise of Eduardo Padilha’s floor-works provide mattresses and sleeping bags for a restful moment. In Padhila’s case, these are discomforting places of rest. These have been made from unwanted, discarded beds that have been washed, dismantled and made anew. Clare Goodwin will provide sculptures which can be used as tables, plinths etc. by visitors.

In the Foreground, a selection of video works including Oriana Fox, Anthony Gross, Harold Offeh, Mark Orange, Marko Raat and Stefan Nikolaev will be projected as part of a film screening about notions of coalescence, co-habitation and the remixing cultural forms, to be followed by a ‘Coalesce Disco’ on the launch night. The screenings will continue over the weekend. For the subsequent three weeks the space will then be super-imposed upon by other shows responding to the initial exhibition and installation. O'Neill has asked 3 artists/ curators: 1/ Sarah Pierce, 2/ Dave Beech and Mark Hutchinson, and 3/temporarycontemporary to respond to the environment and use it according to their curatorial idea. These shows will operate as the new ‘foregrounds’ to the show and be placed upon, installed on top of the initial work and operate within the initial "Coalesce" exhibition.

Week 2: Curated by Sarah Pierce. PV May 20th.
Sarah Pierce is based in Dublin, and organises The Metropolitan Complex, a practice embedded in various formal and informal exchanges between people. Pierce will live as resident-guest in Paul O'Neill's apartment in London, while he simultaneously works in Dublin. Throughout the week, various background materials from the curator's home will appear in Coalesce, selected by Pierce. In addition, Pierce will explore the possibilities of Coalesce as a meeting place for a series of one-to-one conversations about surroundings, production and collectivity. This will entail non-public exchanges with invited guests, which will be made public at the end of the week in the form of a CD archive.


Week 3: Curated by Dave Beech/Mark Hutchinson. PV May 27th.
Beech and Hutchinson will produce a special issue of the occasional journal, The First Condition. For this exhibition it will be a photocopied, A5 booklet available free at the gallery. How it is installed in the exhibition will be worked out in relation to what is already there at the time. The journal will consist entirely of written texts, which is to say no photographs, illustrations or so on. The texts will also be posted on the website: They will invite all the participants who might be involved in the Coalesce project to contribute to the journal. However, we expect all contributions to deal directly with concerns, ideas, problems, etc., arising from the Coalesce project.

Week 4: Curated by temporarycontemporary. PV June 3rd.
During the week leading up to the 3rd June, Jen Wu and Anthony Gross of TEMPORARYCONTEMPORARY will curate three events, each taking the form of a private poker game. In this metaphorical situation, with the curators as dealers and exhibitors as gamblers, the card playing becomes a stand-in for the to and fro of socialised culture production. The 'game' forces a strategy through the mechanism of its performance [each game will be played for four hours over three days] for potential exhibitions, and through its discursive conversations provides networks that suture the exhaustive adrenalin and power-play of winning and losing [in the art-world] back to the primary 'logic' of competitive play.

The gallery itself is transferred into a gambling lounge with 'drinks tables' by Goodwin and 'rest areas' by Padilha, reading material by Sarah Pierce, Dave Beech and Mark Hutchinson, accumulated leftovers from the first, second and third weeks. The sessions will be recorded with techniques familiar from televised poker, with a specially constructed table allowing for under and overhead footage and recordings. This material will be edited, projected and combined to be screened on the night of June 3rd, against Leesa and Nicole Abahuni's performative experiments in synesthesia and collaboration with electronic sound musician Scott Hewitt. By re-ordering their perceptual arrays through mirroring devices and their refractive obstructions to any clear view, an audience may enter into a 'game' of chance where the superfluity of elements leads to a subtraction of the real from within the body of the exhibition. The 'gestalt' of these environmental adjusters is 'soft' rather than 'hard', within the terms of a history of the interactive whose origins are formed in early modernism, amid kinaesthetic works from Duchamp to Takis through the sensorial imaginaries of concrete and electronic music.


Each layer within Coalesce offers alternative levels to experience and interact with the works presented. The gallery walls, panels, ceilings and floors covered with works that both physically and conceptually overlap - produce a fluctuation between what is expected universally by an exhibition as 'comfortable' and what cannot be anticipated in terms of an unprecedented domesticity.

®edux is a project organised by Peter Lewis and Makiko Nagaya
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coalesce: with all due intent
model arts and niland gallery sligo (IR) - ¦¦5 December 2004 – 22 January 2005


Ursula Biemann/ Kathrin Böhm/ Esra Ersen/ Jakup Ferri/ Jaime Gili/ Clare Goodwin/ Tod Hanson/ Adla Isanovic/ Sejla Kameric/ Helmut and Johanna Kandl/ Willie Mc Keown/ Aleksandra Mir/ Isabel Nolan/ Eduardo Padilha/ Tadej Pogacar & P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E Museum of Contemporary Art/ Marko Raat/ Lawrence Weiner/ Jack B. Yeats -______ With Coalesce Cinema selected by B+B





coalesce : 2
Galeria Palma XII Vilafranca (Barcelona) 19th June to 19 July 2004

Kathrin Böhm / Jaime Gili / Clare Goodwin / Marta Marcé / Paul O'Neill / Eduardo Padilha / Manuel Saiz


One of the main objectives of all exhibitions has been to have all artists deeply exploring each other's work, weaving along the installation period a new work, with preciously existent parts. That is why the final result depends on this interaction, and many dialoguing spaces are created between the work, the space of the gallery and the audience. The conceptual base to the show is then this very interaction between the artists and the space, and the way this develops while researching on the usual modes of occupation of both domestic and exhibition spaces.

In Barcelona, this exhibition was supported by The British Council



coalesce: mingle mangle
Londonprintstudio, London. 14th April – 29th May 2004

Kathrin Böhm, Jaime Gili, Eduardo Padilha


from the press release: "‘Coalesce: Mingle Mangle' physically ‘becomes' the gallery space, with each work accessing all of the available space and melting with other works. Jaime Gili, with his explosive silk-screens, developed after a residency in Caracas and following his series of paintings ‘ alma ', will cover part of the wall space, developing his research on repetition and the installation of painting, as shown last year in the Jerwood Space in London . Intertwined with this will be Kathrin Böhm's work 'millions and millions', an ongoing project of printed posters, initiated in 2001 for the Showroom ( London ) as a strategy of penetration and mutation of the space. This ensemble of works, like an expanded, complex wallpaper, will, adapt and occupy the walls and ceiling of the gallery, while the work of Eduardo Padilha, in the shape of sleeping bags made with beautifully printed or embroided fabrics found on discarded mattresses around London, will be open for the viewers to sit, lie, relax and enjoy the created environment of the exhibition as a whole."

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