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Meta-perception Club

Cleary Connolly
Meta-perception Helmets

  • 6 January – 20 February 15
  • Tuesday 6 January – 20 February 15
    Opening night, 22 January 15, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

    Open Studio
    Tuesday to Friday from 2pm to 5pm
    and at other times by appointment: +33 6 75 39 51 19
  • Admission free (including opening night)

Artists Cleary Connolly have spent several years developing an extraordinary series of interactive helmets that explore the mysteries of visual perception. Five helmets are on show at the Centre Culturel Irlandais during the months of January and February offering us humans the chance to experience the hyper-stereo vision of the hammerhead shark, the wide peripheral vision of the horse or the backward/forward vision of the chameleon! We are also taken into the unnatural world of mythology and literature with the Cheshire Cat and Cyclops helmets.

Be among the first in Paris to don these sculptural helmets which are being presented as part of the artists’ residency at CCI. And take a moment to discuss the creative process with them in their studio – from the preparatory drawing stages to collaboration with optical scientists Patrick Cavanagh and Sally Duensing and final discussions with Neil MacKenzie who hand-crafted these beautifully sleek helmets. Watch this short interview with the artists on

Further details on Cleary Connolly’s website . Read this Irish Times article.

Cleary Connolly are Ireland’s foremost new-media artists, regularly incorporating innovative technologies into their work. Based in Paris since 1990, they have exhibited worldwide, including Yokohama Triennial, Japan (2005), Centre Pompidou (2009), The Barbican, London (2010) and Dublin Contemporary (2012).

The CCI and the artists are inviting a myriad of artists, researchers and experimental practitioners who are all concerned with the theme of perception to join the Meta-perception Club.
Three multi-faceted “happenings” in January and February are organised to launch three short exhibitions by film artists:

Happening 1 with Jenny Brady - Thurs 22 January, 6.30pm
Exhibition by Jenny Brady

Happening 2 with Grace Weir - Thurs 5 February, 6.30pm
Exhibition by Grace Weir

Happening 3 with Dan Shipsides - Thurs 19 February, 6.30pm
Exhibition by Dan Shipsides

The full programme here.

Find out what the press said about Meta-Perception Club, here.