The Core Project

19 August - 23 September 2017

Matthew Nevin

Gallery One

‘The Core Project’ exhibition is a large-scale installation featuring over 150 videos from participants across the globe, filmed live answering a question that they have not previously seen.

By withholding the question, artist Matthew Nevin removes the participant’s ability to prepare, producing a series of natural and behavioural nuances within an international cultural context.

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 answering a previously unseen question: “What is going to happen next?”

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.


The Core Project Promo Video

Vistor Comments

“Excellent - a reminder that there is more to life than what's happening in one's back yard. Well done!” - Basil Henrick
“Great concept, brilliant execution! ” - Elva Mulchrone
“So impressive, what an amazing achievement! ” - Barbra Deignam
“Very impressive Install!” - Barra cassidy

Supported by
Rua Red Gallery, Arts Council of Ireland, MART Gallery, South Dublin County Council, Galway City Council, Kildare County Council.