The geographical area between Belfast and Dublin is more than an economic transit situation along Irelands’ east coast. It does not only link two countries and their capitals, but also diverse geographic and cultural landscapes. In the past decades, several planning strategies aimed at modernising the area, to link the two capitals, and to overcome the border between them. While most of them focussed on economical and transport issues, Brexit and the new EU´s external boarder will bring new challenges.
The focus of thecorridor.ie is on contemporary visual art along this route, from Belfast via Newry, Dundalk, Drogheda to Dublin. It serves as platform for artists and cultural initiatives and at the same time explores their practise, backgrounds and interests. As we just recently relocated to Ireland and live in Dundalk, right in the middle of this corridor, we explore the art scene in this special area through studio visits and interviews.
Anne Mager is a curator, arts manager, university lecturer and author. She organizes and realizes exhibitions, festivals and cultural events and holds a Master degree from the Universität Münster in Communication Science, Art History and Cultural Studies as well as a Master in International Arts Management from the Art Academies in Cologne and Düsseldorf.
As a curator she focusses on young contemporary arts and site specific multimedia arts installations. Since 2008 she manages the interdivisional arts festival ‘new talents – biennale cologne’ and a variety of other projects such as the exhibition program at Quartier am Hafen in 2013, the ZONTA ART AWARD, new talents WIDE SPACE and Fuhrwerkswerkswaage Kunstraum.
As a lecturer she imparts her knowledge and experience in exhibition organization, -production and -editorial to the students of the Institute for Translation and Intercultural Communications at the University for Applied Science in Cologne since 2013.
Marcel Krueger is a writer, translator (German-English / English-German) and editor, and mainly writes non-fiction about places, their history, and the journeys in between.
He works as Content Manager for PayPal and is also the book editor of Elsewhere Journal and the contributing editor of Sonic Iceland.
His articles and essays have been published in the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, Slow Travel Berlin, CNN Travel and Spotted by Locals, amongst others.
Together with Seamus Heaney, Roddy Doyle and a bunch of other great Irish writers Marcel currently holds the world record for ‘Most Authors Reading Consecutively From Their Own Books’ at the Irish Writers’ Centre.
Marcel is also a graduate of the Matador New Media School for Travelers and a member of the County Louth Archeological and Historical Society.
Both live in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland.