Thursday, December 23, 2010
VULGO: It’s the People. The voice of the people.
VULGO is a multidisciplinary Irish Culture Magazine, giving virtual voice, precious insights, and maybe even occasional epiphanies to those afflicted by cultural passion. Blurring boundaries, VULGO embraces everything from theatre to star-gazing, dance, movies, performance art, technology, photography, opera, the economy (of course) and visual arts to walking, traffic lights, singing icons and um, sometimes even taxidermy….
Here are a couple of audio slideshows I put together for the inaugural issue of VULGO.ie! Check out www.vulgo.ie for more great content and contributions. Please do consider contributing and collaborating with us yourself.
These are photographer Kyrstin Healy's images of You Can Call Me Frances performing at Block T during an evening of Performance Art organised by Deirdre Murphy and Fergus Byrne. I did the dirty live recording at the 2XM King Kong Club at The Village at a later date. These are the images myself and Angel are looking at in the previous post. I love it when a plan comes together. Even if "Healy" is misspelt in the opening credits. Sorry Kyrstin!
Have been so busy getting VULGO up and running that I didn't have a chance to post these behind the scenes glimpses of our Nationwide shoot. It was a great day, back on October 15th. On December 9th, we switched VULGO.ie on, as planned, so do check it out on www.vulgo.ie, and tell us what you think! We'd love to hear from you.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Valerie Waters did a great report on my research and projects for RTE Nationwide, broadcast on December 1st. She ingeniously weaved in original Abbey Ballets (1927 - 1933) dancer Doreen Cuthbert; her husband Percy Lovegrove and his book "An Auld Cockle Picker"; Liam O'Laoghaire's 1943 short film "Dance School" featuring Erina Brady and her "Irish School of Dance Art"; Piano music by Faure; my book "Irish Moves"; sculptor Danny Osborne on a boat in Frobisher Bay, the Canadian Arctic with his tragically recently deceased friend Seeglook Akeeagok (who was born in an igloo); Danny's recent Iqaluit show "Red Hot Lava Sculpture"; my father's photographs of Mulrooney family life on isolated First Nations Reservations Cat Lake and Ogoki Post in North Ontario in the 1970's; Kyrstin Leahy's photographs of new band of Contemporary Dancers turned quirky rock stars "You Can Call Me Frances"; & myself and Angel Gonzalez (founder of Photoireland Festival), working on new online cultural magazine www.vulgo.ie - to be launched on December 9th. Watch this space. Phew! All in seven and a half minutes! Hats off and enormous thanks to Valerie. You can watch the clip on RTE Realplayer right here.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I was on The View last night in very good company with John Kelly, Manchan Magan, and the wonderful Lelia Doolan. We discussed writer William Monahan's directorial debut, gangster film "London Boulevard" starring Colin Farrell; Risteard O'Domhnaill's documentary "The Pipe"; "In this Moment" by Irish Modern Dance Theatre at Project, and sculptor Janet Mullarney's shows "Things Made" and "Things Done" at the RHA and the Taylor Galleries. You can watch it by clicking here.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Read about Oscar Wilde's new Jadeite Jade head and hands, and sculptor Danny Osborne's geological odyssey to source them, in The Irish Times, Friday November 12th...
Monday, November 8, 2010
It was an epic night for Irish Performance Art at Kilmainham Gaol last Thursday, with over 650 pairs of eyes soaking it up from 6pm - 10pm, many queuing for a long time for a precious glimpse into strange goings-on in eerie cells. Here are just a few iphone snaps - the legendary Alaistar MacLennon, the Trojan Amanda Coogan, Dominic Thorpe, Victoria McCormack, Fergus Byrne, Aine Philipps, Helena Walsh, and quite a few more. Etching this ephemeral genre onto the evolving map of Irish culture.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
If you'd like to know more about the first Irish Gallery ever (TBC), at "Art Toronto", keep your eyes peeled for the first issue of www.vulgo.ie! My only regret is not stealing a pic of Atom Egoyan (both of his parents were painters), and Arsinee Khanjan wandering through, and admiring the "large-scale works", but trust me, they did wander through, and they did admire the Irish large-scale works (by Marty Kelly and Tom Climent). Great to see Irish artists getting out there into big international waters.