Category Archives: Brian Hegarty

Where Are We Now?

Becoming Imperceptible and This Ends Now.

Thirtythree-45 and Droichead Arts Centre, in association with Drogheda Arts Festival are presenting a new podcast that can be accessed through the live stream.

Where Are We Now? #1 features works by Claire Fitch and Diarmuid MacDiarmada

Becoming Imperceptible by Claire Fitch

Under the increasing pressures of lockdown, of unease, of uncertainty and worry, of searching for an escape, of finding a change, of being the change, and of perhaps sensing a release, we are wandering. Becoming Imperceptible is in memory of David Connolly (1983-2020), inspired by Deleuzian ‘lines of flight’ and Louis Borges The Garden of Forking Paths (1941). A radiophonic escape, a freedom explored through the process of artistic practice. Fluid yet fragmented, vanishing, searching for a liberation from the compulsory, there is no goal or starting point. We are in the middle, experimenting, combining, dismantling, becoming imperceptible.

Voice: Liz Hilliard and Martina Murray.

Organ: David Bremner.

Strings: Sylvia Roberts, Randal Devine, Aine O’Neill, Claire Fitch.

Claire Fitch is a sound artist, an electroacoustic composer, a creator of electronic literature and transmedia, cellist and lecturer. Her artistic practice is motivated by the investigation of the convergence of digital technology, audio, visuals, and text. Producing original works inspired by and responding to womens voices is a particular focus.

This Ends Now by Diarmuid MacDiarmada

Diarmuid MacDiarmada (aka Prints) Where are we now? Nothing sums up the state of music these days for me more than the ‘playlist’ … people listening to the work of people without even knowing who the artist might be. Worse again is the idea of playlists made of tunes that are purposefully made to fit into a particular type of playlist. We are witnessing the triumph of consumerism with a bespoke ‘muzak’ soundtrack. I attempted a ‘gallows-humour’ response by gathering some extremely impersonal materials together and trying to make my own ‘playlist’ music. As it happens it was way too much fun and too stimulating to actually succeed but that was the motivation. ‘This Ends Now’ is an invitation to celebrate the small flowerings of human imagination that can still happen in the grey wilderness.

As a pro-wrestler, fine-artist, life-coach, poet, gravy-chef and composer – Diarmuid has been many things to many people. Both as a solo-artist and in a multitude of groups and collectives, he toiled at the rock’n’roll coalface for thirty odd years. And they were very odd.

Livestream: July 29th 2021 @ 9pm

Where Are We Now? #1 Claire Fitch and Diarmuid MacDiarmada

Where Are We Now? #2 Orla Wren and Norman Westberg

Populated Solitude

2020 Culture Night in Drogheda, thanks to Brian Hegarty, Droichead Arts, Arts Council Ireland, Louth County Council and Visual Arts Ireland, saw Populated Solitude having its first outing at the Westcourt Hotel, West Street, Drogheda.

Populated Solitude is part of a walking tour of visual art works situated around the town which are curated by Brian Hegarty and, as Brendan Behan writes in Hold You Hour and Have Another “If you don’t get up and get down town you’d hear nothing” (Behan 1963, 18)

Creative ideas for the project stem from the idea of connections throughout the COVID19 Pandemic. From the initial contact by Brian Hegarty, inviting me to create a work for Culture Night 2020; in reading a post by Sean Collins in the Facebook Group Drogheda Down Memory Lane, alerting us to the announcement that the Westcourt Hotel was to close. Sean provided an incredible timeline of the history of the Westcourt Hotel, including Paul Murphy’s words about the hotel in 1963; in contacting Paul Murphy to ask him to talk about his memories of meeting Brendan Behan in The White Horse Hotel.

Following the initial inspirations I started to ‘pick-up’ audio recordings, such as the recording with Paul Murphy; photographs, such as the old photograph in Sean Collins’ thread about the Westcourt; and text, from both Paul Murphy’s original story from the Drogheda Independent in 1963, and Brendan Behan. I searched for works published by Brendan Behan in 1963, eventually buying some of Behans books from ebay and discovering the lines: “If you don’t get up and get down town you’d hear nothing, nor find out what they’re saying about you. And God send, they’re saying something. Good or bad, it’s better to be criticized than ignored” in Hold Your Hour and Have Another (Behan 1963, 18)

The creation of the collection of sound, vision and text has resulted in a performance using content with an online presence and a physical presence.

Populated Solitude poster, Culture Night 2020.

The QR codes, which can be read by simply pointing the camera of a mobile phone at them, reveal a wordpress blog which introduces the creative ideas and inspirations surrounding the project; an interview with Paul Murphy, former editor the Drogheda Independent who in 1963 met Brendan Behan in the White Horse Hotel; and the work On A Summer Morning In 1963, an audio visual work created using the text, visuals and sounds picked up during the project.

The aim for the project Populated Solitude is to continue to pick up more audio, visuals and texts relating to Drogheda town centre, in order to highlight the histories and connections and to present them in the online settings of WordPress, YouTube and Twitter.

The entire exhibition can be viewed as part of a walking tour in Drogheda until October 3rd.