Video documentation of a performance and Installation (megaphone, confetti, medals)
"Playing a game with no rules, no competition or strive. Lines drawn for unsuspecting winners of novelty prizes to walk across and accept or reject their prize."
Dublin Contemporary 2011 'Hungry Again'
Bricks from Clane Ghost estate, Builders Safety Harness, Stage, microphone. LCD Screens ‘As god as my witness I will never go hungry again!’ This statement of Scarlet O’Hara in ‘Gone with the Wind’ is a declaration of determination, hope and possibly delusion. The piece ‘Hungry Again’ tackles the issues of the weight of globalization and greed has upon society but also the unrelenting power of hope and determination to survive in the face of adversity. Often in times of disenchantment the more we turn to forms of escapism and passive ways to ‘partake’ in disempowering actions. I want people from all sections of society to step up on stage, let the lights and music take them over and recite this line however they may choose. The purpose of the piece is to pose a question to each participant ‘What would you do to survive and at what price?’ and at the same time the nature of the whimsical karaoke style is playful and tacky enticing people to find humor in often hopeless situations.
Product Service Company 2010- Present
An artist's company of negative equity providing art to unsuspecting communities. MANIFESTO:
1. To provide a product/service to a selected urban area.
2. This product/service is unspecified and remains undefinable.
3. The company works in phase’s, the objective is not to reveal all at once.
4. Art is hand delivered by one individual, who is the boss and the drone. This person alone manages the company.
5. The letters are the first point of ‘contact’, the website is the ‘voice’.
6. The objective is to unify, engage and communicate on an anonymous level with the selected area/community.
7. To generate conversation, curiosity and expectation.
8. The product service company is there for ‘You’ and the basis for the company is ‘To Give’
Soap Opera 'Your Street' MA show, NCAD 2010
A DIY soap opera of sorts as part of an artists MA in Fine Art. The 'soap' will be shot and delivered to a selected area. The style of filming and performance is improvised following a story inspired by the selected area. Based on the concept that the modern soap opera is a unifying force that can bridge gaps in communities and the power of localised audience targeting to generate conversation and Mystery. The Soap is of the everyday, with use of dramatic actions contrasting with banal and mundane dialogue. This 'product' will be delivered to the streets of a specific area on a weekly basis.
"Dirty Look at the Dail Day' 2011
In May 2010 I embarked on an unprecedented response to a
simple action, the Dirty Look. In Ireland we refer to 'A dirty look' not in a
sexual or amorous context, but we use it to express disgust or dissatisfaction.
2010 In Ireland saw a rise in protests and social action like I had never seen.
However the government did not change their course on all the issues we marched
the streets to try and change. In
retaliation to this I decided to try and new avenue and called for a
mass protest called "Dirty Look at the Dail Day'. I sent out a press
release to some hard acquired contacts calling on the Irish public to come at
1pm 5th May (and hoping for 1000 people strong), to give the house of
government a minute long 'Dirty Look'.
Within 2 hours of the release I was on national radio and Tv
stations trying to explain how an artist wanted to stage this
intervention/protest. This was met a mixture of confusion, fascination and
anger which started many a conversation and argument nationwide.