The collaboration featured two Dublin 8 heritage groups and students from two local schools. Workshops and training in digital media was facilitated by the artist over a six month period at The Digital Hub. The artist was a joint recipient of the INTO/Heritage Council Award for facilitation in 2008.
Developed out of a six month period of engagement with a community affected by a ‘regeneration programme’, Forum investigated representation, identity and the overt meaning of community under siege of redevelopment in an underprivileged Dublin area. This scaffolded ‘theatre’ provided a forum for participants and audience to gather, converse and witness a collection of video projects entitled ‘The Chamber Weaver Screen’ produced by the artist with local children, young people and adult members from the Regeneration Committee in the block.
This ‘industrial’ style theatre represented a public forum for the purposes of exhibiting a collection of video works entitled ‘The Chamber Weaver Screen’ produced by the artist with local children, young people and adult members from the Regeneration Committee in the block. The content of these videos were later discussed as part of an afternoon seminar hosted by the artist. Attendees represented stakeholders from a local, disadvantaged area undergoing a problematic process of urban regeneration, all of whom contributed to the production of the video works with local children and young people. The discussion centred on sustaining support and creativity for youth of the area.
10′x10′x 5′ (Steel, Timber, Video Monitors)
2 video works documented
1. Community Flat Mural Project
2. Into the Future Community Party
1 video was a fiction-based ‘thriller’ work entitled ‘Chamber Weaver Rockshock’
1 video is a diary of a interviews and activities conducted with the artist on the theme; ‘What is a Garden’
Print and Drawing Project with workers at Landfill Construction Site in Co. Meath commissioned by Greenstar, supported by NCAD. Exploration of exchange economies and cultural production in working environments.
This project elicited the cooperation of labourers on the site to explore the notion of labour and value in response to a statement made by an employee on day one during a conversation on participatory arts, time, money and the summer heat. Commissioned to produce artworks at a landfill site, the artist bartered glasses of home-made lemonade for original prints by the workers as a means to engage them in discussion on their perception of the value of art and the role of the artist.
I created an outdoor print studio using roadsigns and construction tools as stylus. Labourers were invited to barter mono prints of their own machinery and tools for glasses of lemonade. The monoprints were created on steel signs with rollers reminiscent of the machine rollers driven by the labourers on the site. The results were a range of intriguing drawings and a lot of workmen who surprised themselves by their draftmanship, ingenuity and knowledge of their machines…and perhaps some small appreciation for participatory arts. The printmakers stood proudly for photographs each time.
The artist created a proposal for the commissioning company to develop the images into light boxes for safe illumination of the site in the dusk as workers completed their day’s task. This proposal was never realised due to the constraints of the commission.
Collection of Audio Interviews & Urban Spectacle 2004
Spectacle for an Urban Community, Dublin 8.
What is a Wall was a live event; a spectacle for an urban community in inner city Dublin. It developed from a series of audio interviews that highlighted contested interpretations amongst with local stakeholders in an area of redevelopment in inner city Dublin. The interviewees were invited to physically meet with the opposing arguments by assembling together at a pedestrian crossing at an appointed hour. The audience/participants assembled at a pedestrian crossing at the invitation of the artist. Along the street were ‘Site Notices’ which were also printed as flyers and distributed during the event by the artist to inform the public about the event and the inquiry that led to its inception.
On the hour, the gathered audience witnessed the collaboration between the workers of two construction sites with the artist to literally raise the question over the street by crane.
‘What is a Wall’ lead to the project ‘Forum’ which was exhibited in June 2005.
mdf letters on steel frames hung from cranes
3ft x 14ft approx