Venue: CHQ, IFSC, DOCKLANDS, DUBLIN 1
Moira Sweeney's Stevedoring Stories is an audio-visual artwork which will be exhibited at CHQ on George's Dock in the heart of Dublin Docklands throughout Tall Ships 2012. In the immensity of the globalised space of the docklands, despite its international nature, the stevedores and dockworkers still exist as a small and intimate community which has witnessed and can recall through oral history the rich tapestry of an area and life that remains relatively unknown territory for Dubliners. Stevedoring Stories brings to life the experiences of generations of Dublin dockworkers and stevedores through photography, HD video, story and soundscape. The world of the Dublin docks is recalled through oral history as ‘a world of masts, funnels, towering cranes, barges, carts, horses…a hundred sounds becoming a symphony of dockland’; in this multi-textured artwork of Stevedoring Stories, Sweeney creates an artistic space which evokes a fascinating contemporary symphonic experience of that little-known world.
Running parallel with this installation at CHQ there will be a stunning nightly video projection mapped onto the Dublin Port Company building from 23rd-26th August, 9.30pm-1.30am. This lightscape can be viewed over the course of Tall Ships 2012.
Stevedoring Stories has been produced with the support of Tall Ships 2012, Dublin Port Company and the School of Media, DIT. Moira Sweeney works in photography, film, video and broadcast media. Her lens-based doctoral research at the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, Dublin Institute of Technology is titled Dublin Dockers - Visualising a Changing Community.