TULCA Festival of Visual Arts and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture in association with The Dock presents New writing commissions for Austins Ivers exhibition THREADS. For this exhibition Austin Ivers considers some technological developments of the post-war period and their subsequent application in state command and control systems during the Cold War. Utilising video, sculpture and photography, this is a consideration of the relationship between the aesthetic of power and life as experienced under the perpetual threat of nuclear annihilation.
Four writers will publish their responses to the themes and ideas of the exhibition each Tuesday for a month. They are Ian Maleney, Joanne Laws, Cathy Sweeney and Pat McCabe.
The first essay in the series is entitled Patterns in The Sand and is written by Ian Maleney. We will publish the essay across Dock on line platforms on Tuesday 24th November
Ian Maleney is a writer based in Dublin. Born and raised in Co. Offaly. His first book, a collection of essays entitled Minor Monuments, was published in 2019 by Tramp Press and shortlisted for the Michel Deon Prize and Butler Literary Award. He received the Arts Council Next Generation Bursary for Literature in 2019. He is the online editor of the Stinging Fly. His work has been published in The Guardian, Esquire, and the New Statesman Winter Papers, gorse, and the Dublin Review. He is the founder of Fallow Media, an interdisciplinary publication for music, photography, and long-form writing