The Poetry Project

by sarahartonsherkin

This is a great site for video art and poetry. I like this piece, called ‘Torch’, by Niamh O’Malley, which accompanies the poem, ‘An Fluntern Cemetery’ by Philip McDonagh. They both work very well together. The video, being somewhat mysterious and illusory, continues to intrigue the viewer with the moving torch light, while the reader speaks almost hypnotically, allowing plenty of space for the listener to reflect.

I found a catalogue from the ‘Living Landscape , Ireland and Catalunya-Spain’ exhibition and symposium that took place in West Cork in 2005. Niamh O’Malley was one of the artists involved in this project. “She is a visual artist whose practice includes an investigation into the fabricated nature of the viewing experience. She is interested in the distance from the source image to a spectacle and the deliberate manufacture and inherent disappointment of illusions.”

I learn that, between 1994 and 1999, Philip McDonagh worked at the Irish Embassy in London where he helped to develop the Peace Process, he has been Irish Ambassador to India, and is currently Irish Ambassador to Russia.