Exhibition – Form Ever Follows Function

The Pickled Body and gorse, Ireland’s most innovative arts magazines,

•  Top Irish and international artists and writers collaborate in a spellbinding multimedia showcase.
• Exhibition runs from February 4 to March 8, 2019.


LAUNCH EVENT: 6 to 8 p.m., February 6, Illuminations Gallery, NUI Maynooth.

MAYNOOTH, February 1. Ireland’s most innovative art and literature magazines, The Pickled Body and gorse, have joined forces to present a groundbreaking exhibition at Illuminations, the digital-visual exhibition space at NUI Maynooth. Form Ever Follows Function presents the work of cutting-edge artists and writers from Ireland and other countries, collaborating in a spellbinding exploration of communication, expression, and creativity.

Form Ever Follows Function runs from February 4 to March 8, with a launch event at 6 p.m. on February 6 at the Illuminations gallery, Iontas Building, NUI Maynooth. gorse and The Pickled Body will launch the exhibition with a reception and discussion featuring artists and curators.



Sean Hayes & Michael Naghten Shanks: The Art of Friendship. Video, with audio based on a script inspired by and appropriating interviews and articles about the Japanese rent-a-friend industry.

Kimberly Campanello: Form Ever Follows Function. Video with audio track of original poetry.

Clare Archibald: Memories of Contort. Video, stills & motion, with spoken audio. “The vocal and harmonica are first-take with some background noise. This represents some of the spaces in between words and the digital and the written.”

Imogen Reid: from text to textile. PowerPoint presentation. Introduction/Statement and series of images – “treated book pages, overprinted and hard to read”.

Ria Czerniak-LeBov and Fiona Brennan – Etching in Memoriam. Video. 9 minutes.



Christodoulos Makris has published several books, pamphlets, artists’ books and other poetry objects. He is the poetry editor at gorse.

Dimitra Xidous is the author of Keeping Bees (2014); she is working on her second poetry collection and first collection of essays.  She is co-founder and co-editor of The Pickled Body.

Patrick Chapman, a founding editor of The Pickled Body, has published twelve books, including Open Season on the Moon (poetry, Salmon, 2019) and Anhedonia (stories, BlazeVOX, 2018).


The Pickled Body is an online poetry and art magazine that plays with the senses. Each themed issue presents work from the surreal to the sensual and points in between – poems that not only sound as good as they look, but taste as good as they feel. More: thepickledbody.com

gorse is a print journal published in Dublin, featuring longform narrative essays, original fiction, poetry and interviews. gorse is an exploration of the art of words. gorse is interested in the potential of literature, in literature where lines between fiction, memoir and history blur, in the unconventional and the under-recognised. More: gorse.ie


Illuminations is a digital-visual exhibition space in the Departments of English and Media Studies at Maynooth University. Illuminations brings together work in the visual arts and in academia, celebrating innovation, ideas and creativity.

The gallery space is built around eight LED screens, placed back-to-back in custom-designed cabinets. Supplemented by two display units which can exhibit physical artefacts, and a website which extends the gallery space, Illuminations aims to provide opportunities for education, investigation, and enlightenment – in and beyond the university.


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