Kunstverein Aughrim has commissioned Forerunner to develop and produce the inaugural artwork of Kunstverein Aughrim, a site-specific, permanent installation titled Granite Leap.

In development since 2021 with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland, Granite Leap is a system of use, an ideological anchor, and an artistic proposition. Inhabiting the entire 42sq meter footprint of Kunstverein Aughrim, it is Forerunner’s most ambitious work to date, activating and embodying their ideas of ‘material navigation’, and echoing the founding principles of Kunstverein Aughrim (performativity, embodiment and necessity). 

Granite Leap’s physical framework is comprised of everyday construction materials such as wood, steel, concrete and granite, that come together to produce a space. This space is Kunstverein Aughrim, a multifunctional curatorial agency for encounters with artistic practices. It has been collaboratively designed to display artworks, host exhibitions, house artefacts from the town's collection, facilitate performances, accommodate gatherings, exhibit publications, and provide hospitality. As an artwork, it is influenced by its geographic location (positioned along north western Europe’s largest batholith), its planned functionality (as the physical, publicly accessible site of Kunstverein Aughrim), its aspirational goals (as a jumping off point for big ideas through large-scale artistic projects), its temporality (as a permanent artwork time-stamped by a 300 million year old rock) and its potential role in the community (as an anchoring post for creativity). Its production constitutes the first major commission of Kunstverein Aughrim and its launch on Sunday 9 October 2022 at 12 noon will mark the beginning of Kunstverein Aughrim's public programme.

Forerunner is a collaborative art practice founded by Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, Tom Watt, and Tanad Aaron. After graduating from art college together in 2011/12 and supporting one another in different projects over several years they began to work together officially in 2016. Their collaborations as Forerunner have often included architectural interrogations, opportunistic transformations of space and specific objects built for or against a function. In recent years, their work has begun to encompass a desire to quietly upgrade or criticise by ‘fixing’, often working within ‘material navigation’, a concept developed within their collaborative practice. This concept refers primarily to a navigational sense they create for our surroundings based on our perception of the materials and their properties. In their separate practices Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, Tanad Aaron and Tom Watt are interested in sociology, art theory, architecture, language and the history of art practices as well as the fabrication and creation process used by artists. Combined, their collaborative practice presents an ambitious exploration of objects, environments and uses, at an architectural scale.

Selected Forerunner exhibitions and projects include: Office of the Rest Commissioned by Mary Cremin for Void, Derry (2021), YOUNG FOSSIL Curated by Rachael Gilbourne and Janice Hough for IMMA outdoors, Dublin (2021), Brute Clues (2016) at Project Arts Centre, Dublin curated by Tessa Giblin (pictured); Museum Of Mythological Waterbeasts (2018) commissioned by Ormston House, Limerick; Architecture of Change (2018) commissioned by Mary Cremin of VOID, Derry; Misplaced Concreteness (2018-ongoing) curated by Grizedale Arts, UK; Dream of Kiwanosato (2018-ongoing) Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan and Staring forms, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, (2019).

The development of Kunstverein Aughrim’s ongoing collaboration with Forerunner is supported by a Project Award (development strand) awarded by the Arts Council in 2021 and a Project Award (production strand) awarded by the  Arts Council in 2022.