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Anita Di Bianco
Anita Di Bianco recorded vocal performances of a dramatic text by the French Surrealist photographer and writer Claude Cahun dating from 1925, which revisits mythological and biblical tales edged with modernist wit and considers stories of resistance and revenge. Playing the irreverent roles of Judith, Salome, Sappho, and Sophie were Susan Holland, Patrick Keaveney, Joanna Hopkins and Annette Moloney. The audio work was both recorded and presented on the stage of Askeaton’s community hall, with viewers asked to stand between drawn stage curtains to listen to the 20 minute compilation of voices.
Filip Van Dingenen
Van Dingenen investigated the long lost tradition of seaweed cutting along the Shannon Estuary, picked and cooked some mussels, shot a video that referenced the Tidy Town competition which Askeaton partakes in each year, made a poster for the annual Hellfire Club Party, and worked closely with local tour guide Anthony Sheehy to produce a freely-distributed print based on the geography of the River Deel. His many activities were reflected in a display at the local Tourist Office, featuring found and new material about historical residues in the everyday life of Askeaton.
McNulty created a concrete sculpture, which was composed of a number of individually cast
hexagonal modules. It was installed in a yard at one end of the town and visible to the public through the surrounding fence. In the past, the yard has been used as a sales outlet for concrete products. These hexagonal modules were stacked alongside each other to create the final form which referenced a proposed design for a building by Irish architect Noel Moffet.
McNulty was introduced to Moffett and his work in 2009 by architectural historian Ellen Rowley.
Moffett's initial proposal for 'High density housing at Bethnal Green for the GLC' (1970) overtly
referenced the hexagonal forms of the Giant's Causeway. The building was built in the early Seventies,but the final form is much more conventional. McNulty's sculpture also references
the hexagonal bricks he found embedded in earth
in a grassy area in front of the building when he visited it in September 2009. These bricks mark the location of a playground which has been destroyed since the building's construction in the early Seventies.
Onos is a sculptural work that imagines a low-tech ‘hippy’ production of a high-end designer bed.
Fulcher's sculpture brings together two design references from the late 1960’s; Drop City,
a notorious hippy commune who used scrapyard materials to construct their homes, and Superstudio,
the progressive design and architecture collective who produced the original moulded fibre-glass Onos bed.
Hagerman’s work frequently focuses on the relationship between plant life and the built environment.
He photographed a variety of sites around Limerick where ivy has grown over buildings. Along with
producing a videowork and a series of sculptures, he made a series of in-situ drawings on windows
and walls around Askeaton that resembled the growth of lichen on surfaces of the area.
Each year, Welcome to the Neighbourhood hosts an open day on the final weekend,
featuring a guided tour and artists' projects open to the public in various venues
and sites around the town.