Saturday, July 24, 2021

Residency 2, Day 24: 'Vaccination against misery by giving you some misery?' - Stephen Brandes' response to a prompt by Sarah Kelleher

Today, after another night on the grass, I have had a series brief exchanges with a lot of different people, the usual suspects and some others. Stephen Brandes and Sarah Kelleher discussed the former's new work and exhibition, just opened here at Uillinn, in front of an elite real audience. Loud AOR music played by youngish people, performing outside in Skibbereen, mixed in with the sounds of the two talking, which seemed appropriate given that montage is so important to Brandes. Gallows humour or galgenhumor (one of my fave topics) got a mention in the discussion, and Kurt Hermann Eduard Karl Julius Schwitters and Baroness Elsa Hildegard Baroness von Freytag-Loringhoven made their way into a short chat afterwards with Sarah Kelleher.

Mick O'Shea and Irene Murphy, people I have never met, but feel I know well, due to them being connected with so many others in my orbit, appeared from nowhere, and then disappeared as quickly in a puff of smoke. 

Other fact of the day: Mark, the artist next door in Studio 3 (or 1?), it turns out, has devoted much of his life to angling, and was on the Irish fishing team when they won the world championships in South Africa a few years ago.

Phrase I have come across: 'Let's shorten the road.'

Over, for now...

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