20 Slides x 20 Seconds that’s the beauty of Pecha Kucha. as we all know, give a microphone to a designer (especially an architect) and you’ll be trapped for hours. The key to Pecha Kucha Night is its patented system for avoiding this fate. Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each – giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.
So even if you find me irritating and boring, at least you’ll have to listen to 6min 40 sec of it.
‘Famine & Byrne’ is now available as an A3 screen print limited edition of 150. This print is for everyone feeling the credit crunch and cost only €20 on sale at Versus, Scarlet Row, Temple Bar, Dublin (just 1 min around the corner from Front Lounge). Versus is open from 11am – 6pm (Late opening till 7.30 Thurs)
Meanwhile, yesterday I did ‘Famine & Byrne’ as wall piece at the Bernard Shaw with Dublin’s hardest working graffiti artist; Maser. He added the words ‘Hard Times’ in between and the wind blew the drips at an angle which was cool because it looks like rain. A huge thanks to Tag for helping me.
An anarchic art show where a crew of street artists reworked crap suburban paintings into urban masterpieces. The audience brought us bad art and we pimped it.
I really enjoyed this year’s fringe show, it was so easy going and unpretentious. The location of the show was a back alley studio and indie gallery called RedSpace. We dressed it up with old furniture and put beer in coolers and let everyone feel at home.
I did a small intro and slagged off some of the art people brought and then our artists came down stairs and got to work, spraying, painting, sticking and stenciling on each piece. At the end we hung everything up and it all looked amazing. Thanks to everyone that came along and the talented artists that pimped the work.
Here’s some YouTube footage from the second night.
Artivism, was my first ever show. I had been working for Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment and had been itching to do creative work again after a two year break. I saved some money, bought canvases and spray paint and started to produce some stencils of the thoughts that were going through my head.
The first thing I noticed about Ireland after being away from 10 years was how much money there was about the place. People seemed to be obsessed with designer clothes, luxury brands and status. I wondered what heroes like Michael Collins or Padraig Pearse would think if they were to see how absorbed the Irish people had become in their new found (EU supplied) wealth.
Back in 1999, I was working for working for a design company in London. The people were nice, but the hours sucked. I always missed friend’s birthdays and nights out because I spent all day and night working at a Macintosh moving company logos around a computer screen till they looked vaguely interesting.
So I left. canceled my pension, moved out of my apartment, paid off my bills and took of to Thailand and India for a few months. Having never been outside of Europe before and seeing extreme poverty in India changed the way I saw the world. When I returned to London, I decided to give up design for a while and do something that would make the world a better place. I volunteered with environmental pressure group, Greenpeace and soon I was doing non-violent direct actions with them. I especially liked doing the stencils onto whatever nuclear power plant, oil rig or building we were targeting.
While working on the Save or Delete campaign, we were lucky to get Banksy to do a poster for the campaign. I lived in Old street so I saw Banksy’s work everywhere. It was the first street art that I’d seen that changed the way I thought about things and that’s what made the difference. I went out around London stenciling the ‘Save or Delete’ campaign slogan everywhere, I also realized how effective stencils are at getting a message into people’s heads.