ONE WORK | Renèe Helèna Browne, 'Rebuilding Urania'

Part of ONE WORK

25 November 2021


 An image that the artist has made specifically for this research project, with a turquoise background and the words ‘Rebuilding Urania’ appearing in a white font in capital letters. The word ‘Urania’ is the largest and most prominent. In the background appears a cropped image of the hands of Urania, the muse of astrology. Her hands are pointing to a celestial globe with a staff. Urania was believed to foretell the future by the arrangement of the stars.
Renèe Helèna Browne, Rebuilding Urania (2021–ongoing), courtesy the artist

For the next online event in the ONE ARTIST | ONE WORK series, Renèe Helèna Browne will discuss their long-term multi-platform project Rebuilding Urania (2021 – ongoing). This work began with Browne’s research into Urania, a historic printed journal that focused on gender and was privately distributed and published in London from 1916 – 1940. Featuring re-printed articles from newspapers around the world, editorial commentary, poetry and prose, it provided readers with an alternative scientific and cultural basis of expression on androgyny and love.

Rebuilding Urania is an oral archiving project of Urania, and takes the form of multiple episodes with public presentations across radio, gallery and online contexts. The development of the project has involved Browne connecting with invited people to respond to articles from the original journal and in doing so starting to build a community and friendships around ideas in the work.

The first iteration, Rebuilding Urania: Pilot (2021), will be available to listen to for the month of November on the LUX Scotland website HERE. The audio work is accompanied by a transcript.

This episode was produced with Mason Leaver-Yap, Sharlene Bamboat and Hannah Fitz, with Malin Lewis’ Are We appearing courtesy OVER /​AT E.P.: FOLKS’ SONGS.

Different stages of Browne’s research and the development of this work have been supported by a number of organisations: Rebuilding Urania: Pilot (2021) was co-commissioned by Dublin Digital Radio’s Alternating Currents Festival (2021) and Book Works UK for the Happy Hypocrite radio show on Resonance FM, Sep 2021. Rebuilding Urania: Episode One will premiere at TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway in November 2021 curated by Eoin Dara. Rebuilding Urania (2021-ongoing) was commissioned by the Project Art Centre, Dublin.


ONE ARTIST | ONE WORK is a series of online events established in response to the first lockdown in March 2020. Focusing closely on a single work, these generous discussions provided an opportunity for an artist to present a recent work and talk through how the work came into being. These events have since developed into a more substantial part of our programme, and now include a month-long online screening and a specially commissioned written response that will be published on the LUX Scotland website. The series now provides an opportunity to think more deeply about the work and provide a record of the discussion events.

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Renèe Helèna Browne

Browne (b. Ireland, 1992; lives Glasgow/​Donegal). They make vocal soundscapes, essay films and angsty drawings. Browne is a current Talbot Rice Gallery Resident (2021 – 2023). They are supported by the Arts Council of Ireland Visual Arts Bursary 2021, have recently completed the Experimental Film and Moving Image Residency at Cove Park in partnership with LUX Scotland and Alchemy Film & Arts, and screened films with the European Media Art Festival No. 34 and AEMI, Dublin. Browne’s work Daddy’s Boy’ (2020) is the 2021 Sunset Kino Award winner for excellence in contemporary film. They are currently working toward solo presentations with Project Arts Centre, Dublin, and CCA Glasgow in 2022.

Part of ONE WORK

ONE WORK is a series of online events that focus closely on a single work. These generous discussions provide an opportunity for an artist to present a recent work and talk through how the work came into being. Each work is available as a month-long online screening, followed by a specially commissioned written response that serves as documentation of both the work and the discussion.

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