I was invited to perform in the Model Niland Gallery, Sligo by Emer Mayock, who was curating a ses of musical events. My performance was scheduled for Culture Night, September 2017. For an hour long performance in the gallery, amongst the works of the current exhibition at the time 'High Winds Move Slowly' by Arno Kramer and Henk Visch, I performed different works in different rooms. In one room I performed spoken word to a sound track, in the main space I returned periodically to electronic musical instruments, and created a sound track based on natural sounds, songs, distortions, improvisations, and compositions. In the third room I performed acoustically with an accordion and invited the audience, who moved with me each time to join in with percussive objects. In this way the musical performance spread throughout the gallery and the works. Link to event here.
Lost State is a collaboration between Hugh McCabe and myself, that took the form of an exhibition in Draoicht Art Centre in Blanchardstown, Dublin in October 2017. Hugh invited me to make text and audio in response to his photographs and video. The exhibition took the form of photographic prints, three video screens, and then audio with a voiceover that played from three different sources in the gallery. The upstairs space in Draoicht has a kind of 'walkthrough' quality, so the voiceovers functioned like tannoy announcements, that one might catch walking through. The exhibition was curated by Sharon Murphy.
'Lost State, a mixed-media installation by Hugh McCabe and Suzanne Walsh, comprises of photography, voice, 3D animation and audio. The work centres around photographs of disused computer parts shot from the imagined point of view of future entities uncovering the technological detritus of our time. A soundtrack accompanying the photographs alludes to a speculative narrative about the circumstances of the discovery of these objects and their significance for those finding them. A short film using digital 3D modelling and rendering techniques simulates drone footage of the exploration of one of the discovered objects.
The photographs are all shot on a large format 4”x5” analogue film camera in order to make a connection with early photographic history and its use as a form of documentation and enquiry. The work aims to trouble the boundaries between various categories: the organic and the inorganic; the imagined future and the perceived past; the human and the technological; the analogue and the digital; the secular and the sacred.' You can read on Visual Art Archive in Draoicht here.
Text mentions (with more images of exhibition).
Quick reflections following Lost State at Draíocht by Moran Been-oon, here
Des Kenny Reviews Lost State here.
Art writing, fiction and prose from 2016-2017
Resort Revelations is a residency set in Lynders Mobile Home park in Portrane, North County Dublin. The invited artists show their work during the annual Bleeding Pig residency every September. More on the residency can be found here.
This year I was invited by Arts Officer Caroline Cowley to stay for a week in the residency mobile and contribute a short creative text to the program, which was included on the poster for the event. I created a prose piece during the short week's stay, using a letter found in nearby St. Ita's psychiatric hospital as well as text fragments taken from a Samuel Beckett short story set in the area, Fingal, along with my own observations on the area. The piece is called Who Will Silence Them at Last, and reflects on the tensions between nature in the area and human built structures and systems. The event poster is available to read here.
Circa Art Magazine
I wrote a short piece in response to Maria McKinney's show Sire in the Royal Hibernian Academy 9th Sept - 23rd October 2016. The piece can be read here on the Circa website, here.
Another piece published in January 2017 is on Denis McNulty's show 'I'm Getting Parts' which ran from Nov 2016 till Jan 2017 at the Oonagh Young Gallery. I took a science fiction-esque approach to this work here.
I wrote a report on the above mentioned Resort Revelations for the January-February Issue of VAI newsletter, available to read from galleries nationwide. Info on the issue, edited by Joanne Laws available here.
Critical Bastards Issue 13
I have a short story called In the Bird Temple in Issue 12, this is now available to read online
My concrete poetry project The Land Where Nothing is is a commissioned work by Fire Station Studios and ADI in association with The Lab Gallery Dublin. The show, A Different Republic, also includes artists Aideen Barry, Amanda Coogan and Corban Walker, as well as an accompanying essay by Nathan O'Donnell. The show runs till February the 5th, with a talk by the artists on February 1st. The Land Where Nothing Is consists of a film projection with eleven poems, with accompanying audio as well as one large window text, to be read from outside.
Info below taken from Dublin City Arts Office website, more on the rest of the work, artists and the project can be found here.
'Suzanne Walsh’s work is a set of concrete poetry made from fragments of lines from the poems of both Thomas McDonagh and Francis Ledwidge as well as comments collected from online Irish Facebook groups that discuss housing, environmental issues and wildlife identification. Linking these is the sound of the bittern, due to its connection to McDonagh and Ledwidge, a bird that is currently extinct in Ireland. McDonagh translated the poem 'The Yellow Bittern' (Cathal Bui Mac Giolla Ghunna) from Irish to English. After his execution his friend Francis Ledwidge wrote a poem 'Lament for Thomas McDonagh' that begins 'He shall not hear the bittern cry'. The poems question exclusion, identity and existence in today's Ireland.'
November 17 - February 05 2017
'A Different Republic explores universal human rights in a year of commemorations, being both the centenary of 1916 and the 20 year anniversary of the Irish government’s landmark report of the Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities ‘A Strategy for Equality’. Fire Station Artists’ Studios and Arts & Disability Ireland in partnership with The LAB Gallery are delighted to present this new work that reflects on the current state of the nation from different perspectives.
This exhibition marks the final exhibition in the LAB Gallery’s programme for 2016 which saw a series of new commissions responding to ideas of commemoration developed for the gallery by artists Bridget O’Gorman, John Beattie, Sabina MacMahon, John Byrne, Chad Keveny and Jane Locke in collaboration with research partners including the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art, the National Gallery of Ireland, the National Museum of Ireland and MA Art Research Collaboartion iadt.
Audio description, speech to text and Irish Sign Language will be available at the preview. Audio description and additional audio information will be available throughout the exhibition using Discovery Pens this service is useful for audiences with visual impairments.'
I created a spoken word/written piece as a response to The Diviner, this work is to be found on Fallowmedia website here.
'The Diviner' was part of a recent Alice Maher exhibition in The Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin called 'The Glorious Maids of the Charnal House, and it ran from June 2nd to July 2nd. More info on the exhibition can be found here.
Performed in the Irish Museum of Modern art with Hissen sound group, as a response to the work of Carol Rama.
'Performed by six Dublin based visual artists working under the aegis of Hissen, featuring Karl Burke, Jessica Conway, Teresa Gillespie, Jonathan Mayhew, Suzanne Walsh and Lee Welch. This was their first public performance as a six-piece experimental sound group.'
Recent performance of my All the Beast text at the Burren College of Art. I also met writer Iain Biggs during the symposium and did an impromptu version of ancient ballad 'Tam Lin', which forms part of his research, as part of his presentation.
Info on symposium (taken from Burren College of Art)
Proposition: an Art of Ethics is a two day symposium which will take place at the Burren College of Art on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th March 2016. The event is supported by Clare County Council, NUI Galway and the Burren College of Art and is co-organised by Michaële Cutaya, Katherine Waugh and Conor McGrady (Dean of Academic Affairs Burren College of Art).
Participants include: Iain Biggs, David Burrows, Vivienne Dick, Maria Kerin, Glenn Loughran, Seamus McGuinness, Aislinn O'Donnell, Ciaran Smyth, Susan Stenger, Judith Stewart, Suzanne Walsh.
"Spinoza's ethics has nothing to do with a morality; he conceives it as an ethology, that is, as a composition of fast and slow speeds, of capacities for affecting and being affected on this plane of immanence. That is why Spinoza calls out to us in the way he does: you do not know beforehand what good or bad you are capable of; you do not know beforehand what a body or a mind can do, in a given encounter, a given arrangement, a given combination."
Gilles Deleuze Spinoza:Practical Philosophy
This symposium gathers together artists, theorists and curators for two days of research and experimentation. All contributors have been invited to engage through their practice with ideas relating to a conception of ethics which differs substantially from dominant notions of morality. The starting point of the symposium – its founding 'proposition' – is philosopher Gilles Deleuze's reading of Spinoza, given Spinoza's extensive influence on recent artistic practice and thought around the 'ethical' in art. For Deleuze, Spinoza's ethics was a "a long affair of experimentation" which re-conceptualised the relationship between life, thought and practice, and this symposium will attempt to foster such an ethos of experimentation in its content and structure– proposing ethics as a methodology in contrast to the rigid principles of morality. The many nuanced and singular methodologies required in artistic practice will be addressed in a variety of presentational formats by the invited participants: from art and music, film and writing to conversation itself. A continuous dynamic of responsiveness and discussion will be facilitated between both participants and attendees. Spontaneous forays into the surrounding countryside will also be considered.
In 'Towards an Aesthetics of Ethics' (Whitechapel/MIT Documents of Contemporary Art, Ethics, 2015), Walead Beshty’s notes:
“While moral criteria are always external to the circumstances to which they are applied, the ethical is immanent to the site of its deployment […]A turn to ethics is a turn to the affirmative question of art, not art as negation, allegory or critique, but the description of an art that operates directly upon the world it is situated in; it is a definition of art that is not at all premised on representation.”
Nietzsche asked "What is the mode of existence of the person who utters a given proposition?” and this symposium will take what is often seen as the "minor" tradition of ethical thought, an ethics of immanent practice, as its foundational proposition, allowing in turn a multiplicity of other propositions to take shape and develop over two days.
More info here.
In 2013, I was invited to write a response to the Fix Festival International Live Art Biennial by Catalyst Gallery in Belfast.
The publication from the event, including documentation and writing has recently been published and will be launching officially shortly.
Information on Fix 13 is available here.
Essay in Gorse Issue 4
All Stops to the Point - An East Wall Story is an essay of mine on housing issues, gentrification as well as a poetic musing on the place that is East Wall in Dublin. The essay is published on Ian Maleney's Fallow Media website.
The essay can be read here.
TOOLAND JOHANN ROLAND BRENDA MARTIN PHILIP PUCK NICKO & YOU
I have a piece of writing in this print publication by Karina Beumer, a Belgian artist based in Antwerp.
My story is called Your Form in my Future and is a reflection on viewing art as a quest for a encounter on the level of the chemistry one has with a potential lover.
The work of Karina Beumer is playful and subversive and also involves performances and videos. She often 'interviews' artworks.
Info on this publication (published by Tique) and some links to her work can be found here.
We also had a previous collaboration documented here, in the Oonagh Young Gallery in April 2015.
Also further work of Karina Beumer can be found on her website.
I perform musically (singing) with a cast of talented others in Red Moon Rising by Vivienne Dick, which will be premiering at Experimenta 2015 in the London Film Festival, where it is also up for the Short Film award. The film will be shown at 3pm Saturday 17th at Cineworld Haymarket and at 8.30pm NFT3.
'Sumptuous nature is artificially created from the female imagination as if the Garden of Eden was made for the pleasure of women only. The female inhabitants perform to a soundtrack that is radically classical or vice-versa.'
This work as well as previous film 'The Irreducible Difference of the Other', which I also made an audio contribution for, were part of large exhibition of Vivienne Dick's work in Irish Museum of Modern Art 2017 titled 93% Stardust. Information on the show, which was a double exhibition along with Nan Goldin can be found here.
In 2009 Gavin Prior, Michael Tanner, Brian Conniffe and myself made a fictional spoken word piece about an imaginary island off the coast of Ireland.
I used a lot of stories I'd heard about islands around Ireland as well as stories from my childhood to come up with the background of the island. This was then built upon by Gavin Prior and myself, with a contributing appearance from Brian Conniffe. The 'documentary' was edited and produced by Michael Tanner. Soundcloud link here.
An excerpt of the last performance in The Joinery, Arbourhill, Dublin before its closure in December. The Halloween Spooktacular took place on October 31st with a line up of Katie O'Neill, Brian Conniffe/Diarmuid MacDiarmada/Suzanne Walsh and Tarracoir.
The video was filmed and edited by Paradoxical Recordings and shows the first part of the set of B.Conniffe/D.MacDiarmada/S.Walsh. The set involved elements of composition, improvisation, multiple instruments, recordings and vocals sang from H.P.Lovecraft.
Audio mix - Andy Mooney. Camera - Andy Mooney and Jonathan Sammon/Miranda Driscoll.
Event hosted by Deserted Village.
Update - Colony seems to have gone offline at present, will try and archive the article on website in future instead. Please contact if you have interest in reading this article.
I have a piece of writing in the latest issue of Colony This piece is a creative response to a recent show in the Glucksman Gallery in Cork; Fieldworks - Animal Habitats in Contemporary Art. Colony is an online literary magazine that publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art writing and more and this issue has the theme of magic.
The art-writing section is edited by artist Tracy hanna.
The writing can be found here.
Playing a gig in The Joinery, Arbourhill on October 31st with Brian Conniffe and Diarmuid MacDiarmada as part of the 'Halloween Spooktacular' event organised by the Deserted Village label.
We will be performing a set that includes elements of composition and improvisation, and perhaps some channeling of spirits, in keeping with the time of year.
Doors open at 8pm and it's BYOB
The event also includes performances by Tarracóir and Katie O'Neill and the facebook event page is here.
Recent track by Brian Conniffe, Diarmuid MacDiarmada and Suzanne Walsh.
The magazine I edit, along with Lily Cahill and Maeve-Ann Austen, is being launched this Friday.
Critical Bastards, a continuing experiment in creative art criticism and writing, will be launching the 11th issue of the magazine with a DJ set by Paul Maguire, drinks and the opportunity to purchase the publication. All are welcome. The event takes place in Studio 6 in Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin on Friday 24th of October. Facebook event page is here.
Issue 11 features drawings by Jason Dunne and written contributions from Barry Kehoe, Ingrid Lyons, Niamh McCooey, Conor O'Grady, Seán O Sullivan, Maeve-Ann Austen, Lily Cahill and Suzanne Walsh. Layout is by Caoimhe Doyle.
The magazine will shortly be available in The Glucksman Gallery Cork, Ormston House Limerick, Galway Arts Centre, Catalyst Gallery Belfast, and The Library Project Dublin. It will also be available at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios Bookfair in November.
Magazine website here.
A piece of writing that I submitted to Visual Verse's online artist/writers' project has been accepted and published. The piece is in response to recent news of walrus beachings and continued loss of wildlife on the planet.
Visual Verse provide an image by an artist as a prompt for writers.
“And yet not completely: the soft top of the head can still twitch with incoming images, like walrus stampedes on melting ice-floes. It’s better to be the last of your kind, when you rule the world, because your kind is burning it up, even here under the clear blue skies.”
You can read the rest over on Visual Verse, along with other responses here.