Terminal Convention, Cork Airport, 2011.

Terminal Convention was an art, music and discursive event featuring some of the world’s leading and emerging artists, musicians and theorists. The project took place 17-27 March 2011 in the former Cork International Airport, Ireland (now decommissioned) and Cork city centre music venues.

Static also commissioned a film by Mike Hannon entitled Terminal Convention. The concept for the project was developed by Paul Sullivan, Static Gallery, Liverpool. Terminal Convention consisted of four interrelated strands: Exhibition, Symposium, Music Event and Art Fair.


Exhibitions Curator for Terminal Convention 2011 was Peter Gorschlüter (Deputy Director of MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main).

Participating artists were: Rosa Barba, Juan Cruz, Ross Dalziel (Sound Network), Douglas Gordon, Diane Guyot, Michael Hannon, Martin Healy, Nevan Lahart, Shane Munro, Seamus Nolan, Peter Norrman, Jacqueline Passmore, Le Pavillon (Palais de Tokyo/Paris), Hannah Pierce, Frederic Pradeau, Becky Shaw, Imogen Stidworthy, Paul Sullivan, Padraig Timoney and Adrian Williams.

Gorschlüter described the exhibition proposition:
“Airports today are among the most controlled places in the world, and the most vulnerable too, not only in terms of security, but also, and more importantly, with regard to human relations, retail strategies and global economies. In 2006 the former Cork International Airport Terminal was decommissioned. A site that saw thousands of passengers passing through arrival and departure halls, duty free shops and customs controls every day until a few hours earlier, finally closed its doors for the last time.

Now, reopened for a few days after years of abandonment in which the site has preserved the traces of its past and has assumed a personal, almost humanlike identity, flickering technology and infrastructure, personal goods and permanently lost property, airport diaries and broken display cases are being reactivated to unfold new life through the interventions and works by over twenty international artists. Turning decay and absence into prospect and presence, the exhibition wakens the decommissioned terminal building to become, for a short moment in time, both an autonomous place and a place where autonomy is negotiated. Intangible to a great extent, the new commissions manifest themselves in the air, in sound, through light or in economic and interpersonal transactions. At first sight almost imperceptibly – a slight pressure in the air, flickering neon lights, LED screens continuously churning out undecipherable messages, conflicting announcements repeatedly played through the airport’s PA system, a 70mm film projector projecting through a smashed window onto the runway, a phone ringing all of a sudden at some abandoned counter, and a duty free shop offering almost every video work an artist has ever made, to name just a few of the multifaceted departure points – this singular exhibition aims to challenge our perception and imagination.”

Review of Terminal Convention, Frieze Online, 2011.
Download review of Terminal Convention, Art Papers, June 2011