To Follow The Water – 2016

Artists: Olivia Hassett / Mary-Jo Gilligan / David Fagan / Ciara McKeon

Speakers: Cis O’Boyle & Rachel Anderson (Idle Women), Ruth Minogue (environmental consultant)

New work and talks on board the 73M barge and at Grand Canal Dock, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2.

16th – 18th September 2016.

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“It is not in the nature of currents to end, as rivers end when they empty into the sea.” Dallas Murphy, To Follow the Water

Infiltrating the island of Ireland from coast to coast, the country’s waterways are witness to the ecology and built landscape of our rural and urban spaces.

To Follow The Water continues an exploration of these watercourses initiated during 2015’s The Artists’ Armada, when a flotilla of artist-made craft sailed around Dublin’s Gand Canal Dock.

New work from four Irish artists – Olivia Hassett, David Fagan, Mary-Jo Gilligan and Ciara McKeon – opens dialogue around the significance, history, being and sentience of these channels. The locus for these observations is the 73M, the former working ‘Guinness’ cargo barge built in 1936.

On board and nearby, the invited artists use performance, sound, object making, and psychogeography to pose questions around the phenomenological and ontological nature of water, the social history of the canal and the organisms inhabiting its depths.

The Grand Canal Dock is close to the convergence of three waterways – the Grand Canal, the Liffey and the Dodder. They are witness to a rapidly changing part of Dublin, a landscape once steeped in grimy 18thC industry now transforming into a shining technology burg. In this fabricated vista a former engineering marvel plays witness to this reshaping, as we bystanders strive to comprehend the implications.


David Fagan – He withdrew the bung and tipped the barrel. Bottles of mineral water, performance

Such a tiny land to live in, but the whole world to die in. Sound installation, speakers, amp, playlist

Ciara McKeon – Waiting to break. Durational performance

Olivia Hassett – A Cumulative Sampling. Works on perspex, fabric, durational performance. The artist would like to thank Dr Clodagh Dooley of CRANN’s Advanced Microscopy Laboratory (AML) and Professor David Taylor of the Mechanical and Manufacturing Department, Trinity College Dublin.

Mary-Jo Gilligan – The Gathering Gates. Audio directed walk

Supported by Dublin City Council and Waterways Ireland’s Heritage Plan 2016-20