Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge is a detective story that finds itself deep into conspiracies of the internet and the realities of bio-politics.
I just saw Letter to Siberia, made by French director Chris Marker. It’s an incredible mediation on the nature and culture of such a remote place, made as Marker visited there in the 1960s.
Ailbhe Ní Bhriain’s recent exhibition of projected videos at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin showed her to be tactile and inventive with an artform that is still relatively new and finding its place in the world.
Sometimes Spotify, and I’m still basing most of my listening on a large box of old bootleg audio cassettes — but don’t worry, I do know who Kanye West is!
My baby daughter likes listening to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, there’s great drama there for us both.
James Turrell’s light installation at the Crawford Art Gallery in the early 1990s was amazing, once you stepped into the room, it looked like you could fall off a cliff. It was perfect fodder to get teenagers into contemporary art.
I channel hop late at night, and I like Keith Lemon.
Stephen Burke is a stonecarver I’ve been working with for several years now. He always has generous ideas. Tom Fitzgerald was my teacher in art college, and I like thinking about his many installations, sculptures and drawings. In Dublin, Fiona Marron is a fantastically inventive video artist.
All the artist-run gallery spaces of Ireland. Places like Pallas Projects in Dublin or Catalyst Arts in Belfast, and Askeaton Contemporary Arts here in Limerick all work hard on little resources to produce exhibitions and publications that are often more reactionary to the issues of today than what museums or larger cultural institutions can do. If you don’t already support them, start doing so!
That there should be no kings.