The Core Project

Gallery: RUA RED Dublin – August / September 2017

This exhibition was one part of an ongoing, multifaceted, visual art project Nevin has been developing since 2010.

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‘The Core Project’ exhibition by artist/curator Matthew Nevin Dublin was a large-scale installation featuring 144 videos from participants across the globe, filmed live answering a question that they have not previously seen. By withholding the question, the artist  removes the participant’s ability to prepare, producing a series of natural and behavioural nuances within an international cultural context. The installation, created from 300 suspended white cardboard boxes, alternated between a multi screen presentation of all videos and a single screen where the viewer engaged with one audio track at a time.{See Images Above & Video Below}

For this installation, Nevin chose one respondent from each sovereign state in the world to contribute to the project by filming themselves all answering the previously unseen question.

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.

Selection of Press:

“Nevin has created an extraordinary archive of humanity. With more than 150 videos,  

it’s by turns, uplifting, philosophical and heart-breaking.” Gemma Tipton IRISH TIMES

”How one Irish artist asked the biggest question of them all” RTE CULTURE

This diverse treasure trove of audio-visual information is worth a visit. DUBLIN.IE


Below videos can be viewed at 1080 and in full Screen.

Exhibition Promo

Interview with the Artist

Single Screen

Multi Screen

Supported by

Rua Red Gallery, Arts Council of Ireland, MART Gallery,

South Dublin County Council, Galway City Council, Kildare County Council.

Technicians: Hugh McCarthy, Jason Kearney, Paul Heary, Robin Price, Anthony Murphy, James Delaney

Photography: Joseph Carr, Bernard O’Rourke, David Reilly,Aoife Giles

Research: Lynda Phelan, Chiara Pizzi,, Roisin Bohan, Olga Criado Monleon

Maoliosa Boyle, Joyce Dunne, Orla Mcgovern and all at RUA RED.




The Website is an online database of all the videos, an interactive global map running all videos and information on the participants and project.

Installation: RUA RED,  August / September 2017

  • A large scale installation projecting 144 videos. All videos will play on a loop with one video’s sound playing on rotation.
  • Currently in talks with galleries to exhibit in UK, Europe, Japan and Los Angeles.

Experimental Film:

This Film will be an edited version of all videos, the 400 minutes of raw footage gathered from the participants will be cut down to an experimental 1-hour film to be premiered in Irish Film Institute 2018 and be entered into international film festivals.

Participation & Engagement

The project investigates it’s participant’s cultural, verbal and physical response of an unknowing question. By engaging citizens of the world in a global experiment, it highlights how diverse and complex every nation is on this planet. Its online presence allows it to have an open door to viewers from all corners of the earth and actively give a glimpse and insight to each and every sovereign state.

The project is an artistic endeavour which archives a group of international individuals, while focusing on intervention, participation, engagement and critique of various personal, political and societal situations. By breaking down barriers commonly constructed by gallery walls, the project opens its participation and engagement beyond an art public and into an international audience through its sculptural, video and web iterations.

The sharing of responses through opinions and thoughts allows its participants to become not just subjects but in this case sub-artists. As the project moves away from singular spectatorship and towards a form of activation and a collective creation process.

The Core Project provides an inclusive opportunity for both artists and spectators to understand the accessibility of digital public space, while it presents new challenges to both artists and curators within the public sphere.  Through its online platform the project can provide a platform for activism; motivated by political participation and spectatorship, through transnational exchanges.

The Core Project acts as a creative political force, influencing and creating new social responsibilities, contextualized by using connectivity to assert its cause. Referencing Joseph Beuy’s term social sculpture, the project aims to outline art’s ability to transform society. Beuys believed art is capable of dismantling the negative paradigms in our social systems, therefore the project’s ultimate goal is to become a successful technological art endeavour that challenges society’s’ perception of art and the power of its political agency.

This can be accomplished by the project producing a transformation in society, the lives of its participants or by possibly connecting millions of viewers across societies, cultures and international borders.

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