Dublin Contemporary was the debut of another major contemporary art event on the
international stage, and a successful attempt to get the whole city involved,
attracting a wider audience than might have been expected.
The main part of the show
was in a former college facility that had been closed for some time, left more or
less intact. Footsteps on the old wooden floors were a constant, pleasant sound
feature, as the abandoned rather ghostly spaces echoed with new life.
There were many intriguing multisensorial pieces involving sound. Here we will document just a
few of them.
Carola Muecke, Physical Cosmology
A rather unassuming work in a small back room unexpectedly reveals, upon further
study (like many of the works in this show) a narrative side that adds real depth to
the experience of the work (even in retrospect).
A not-too-slick wall sculpture that
looks something like a makeshift launching pad for homemade rockets emits
embarrassed, disarmingly human sounding hiccups at irregular intervals. In the
daunting conceptual density of a large group show this work seems to opt for a
particular strategy, limiting its physical impact to a sort of suggestion, planting
a seed for further exploration that happens in another, more private space and time
A visit to the artist's website
reveals links to a short story and an essay (not by the artist) "inspired by"