March 24, 2013
A magical, multi-sensory experience for you and a partner that will redefine what Belfast means to you forever.
Staged on the streets of Belfast, Kaleidoscope will allow you to encounter the city like never before. Choose where you go and what you look at as multiple stories weave around you, plunging you into the hopes, fears and daily lives of people from across the city.
Directed by multi award-winning theatre maker Louise Lowe and artist Will St Leger.
Thursday 28 March. 7pm. Belfast City Centre.
Tickets £5. Very limited capacity.
Please note that this experience is designed to be experienced with a partner.
For info and tickets www.primecutproductions.co.uk or call 028 9024 6609.
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January 8, 2013
I’ve never liked January. Even though I celebrate my birthday at the end of the month, January is the time of the year when reality comes crashing down after the festive season and everything seems a bit gloomy.
Which is why the folks behind First Fornight have been doing amazing work over the past few years to highlight mental health in Irish society through a dedicated arts Festival. This year I was invited to produced a street art piece for the festival which runs from Jan 2 – 12. The piece I made was about Facebook and our relationship with our ‘friends’ on social media.
In the early days of the internet we talked about how Web 2.0 was creating a ‘Global Village’. For most people access to information on the world wide web has dramatically changed how we interact. In the past decade I’ve seen the effects of overreliance on social media, I think maybe it’s turning us into, ‘Like’ zombies, ‘Retweet’ robots. More and more the need for cyber vailidation has pushed meaningiful dialogue into the background.
Among the clutered status upates, images of cute kittens and exclaimtions that there are, “x amount of sleeps till…” a single status by someone calling out for help can be lost. Even if seen, do we ‘like’ it and move on without checking in with them?
My piece is about a breakdown of Facebook. The ‘wall’ is broken and refusing to by tied to the generic status update, I’ve written by hand the lyric, “I am human and I need to be loved” taken from How Soon Is Now by The Smiths.
Photo Credits: Aidan Kelly
Check out the full line up of Street Artists involved in First Fornight at the ‘Street Art Blog’
August 2, 2012
Over the next few months I’m putting high resolution versions of some of my work online for anyone to download, print and share. Enjoy.
July 19, 2012
Welcome to the Olympics London 2012 or should I say 1984. Where ‘thought crime’ as told by George Orwell’s modern classic ’1984′ is alive and well. This is not fiction, real life draconian rules and pre-emptive attacks on citizens in the UK are under-way . Two days ago, Graffiti blog The London Vandal was alerted to raids carried out on 4 artists homes. In pre-emptive crackdown against artists, British Transport Police said thet are part of, “a live and ongoing criminal investigation into linked incidents of criminal damage between January 2007 and July 2012″ – What the Police failed to mention is that all of the artists arrested haven’t painted illegally for 15 years. One of the artists in fact has NEVER painted illegally, despite having worked with one of the Games’s major sponsors Adidas. Read the full story here
July 10, 2012
The most effective way to engage and communicate with a particular audience, is to deliver your message at the right time and using the right medium.
I’m talking in particular about safer sex messaging with MSMs (Men who have Sex with Men) living in Ireland.
Some quick background data via (Dublin Aids Alliance) 320 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in 2011 (3% reduction on 2010 figures) of that, the highest proportion of new diagnoses in 2011 (42.5%) were among men who have sex with men (MSM) 8.8% of HIV infections were in 15‐-24 year olds.
There are groups doing outstanding work in outreach, education and prevention. Having worked as a designer with LGBT publications over the years I found the medium and messaging of Safer Sex adverts in magazines don’t reflect the language or modes of communicating with MSMs. They seem timid and perhaps, because they must meet ASA (Advertising Standard Authority) regulations and therefore often lack visual punch.
Going back to my opening statement, we need to directly communicate with MSMs on a one to one basis when they are about to make safe/unsafe sex decisions. We do that by inhabiting the space where they are looking for sex these days, the smart phone.
There has been a huge surge in the past 5 years in MSMs using apps such as Grindr, Scruff, Manhunt to hook up with other men, yet the presence of organisations working to reduce infections and create awareness is non-existent. My suggestion is that groups join Grindr, Scruff.. etc create their own open profile and encourage users to ask any questions or discuss sexual health issues with a trained volunteer in confidence. Admittedly this wouldn’t be a 24hr service but it could certainly work Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights when people are out and socializing (while also checking their iPhones for Grindr messages)
This is just food for thought. I have already written to the HSE with my suggestions, which I told are being looked at. Maybe because I’m impatient and want to see change happen I’m writing this so you might campaign with me.
June 29, 2012
On Wednesday morning I installed a pink spray painted female torso on an empty plinth outside Dublin City Hall. Why? Because when I walk around the streets of Dublin I see dozens of statues, memorials and plaques dedicated to the memory of men but very few of great Irish women.
Lets break down the figures:
Of the 54 statues and monuments listed on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statues_in_Dublin (not an exhaustive list by the way) only a handful are women and even at that, two of the most prominent statues are fictional characters, Molly Malone – Grafton Street and Anna Livia (formerly on O’Connell Street). That leaves us with Constance Markievicz – Statue in Tara Street (Bust in St Stephen’s Green), “Two Women” – Lower Liffey Street, Lady Laura Grattan Font – St Stephen’s Green North, An Cailín Bán – Sandymount Strand and Queen Victoria Fountain – Dún Laoghaire (That’s right, a bust of a British Monarch)
Now let’s look at Plaques:
According to Open Plaques (a project to collect & open up data about plaques and people they commemorate) 64 Dublin plaques are dedicated to men, 5 are to (named) women.
Finally, let’s look at Dublin’s bridges:
As my fellow blogger, Panti has pointed out; “Currently there are seventeen bridges between the East Link and Heuston, and all seventeen are named after men. Not one of them is named after a woman”
Also, I have another question, of all the sculptors and designers of these memorials how many were female artists?
Food for thought.