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 focuses on site specific multimedia arts installations and the topic of borders and social change. She managed the interdivisional arts festival ‘new talents – biennale cologne’ from 2008 until 2017 and worked for a variety of other projects and institutions such as the exhibition programme at Quartier am Hafen in 2013, Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Fuhrwerkswerkswaage Kunstraum, ecce – european centre for creative economy, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen and Kunsthaus NRW. Since 2018, she is a Co-Director at Catalyst Arts in Belfast.
As a lecturer she imparts her knowledge and experience in exhibition organization, -production and -editorial to the students of the University of 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.