‘Consignation’ - Representations of Grangegorman, Past, Present and Future

Broadcast Gallery, May 9-15, 2013 Dublin Institute of Technology, Portland Row, Dublin 1.


'There is no archive without a place of consignation' Jacques Derrida (2006) Archive Fever, In Merewether (Ed) The Archive, London: Whitechapel.

DIT Photography students Jason Kearney, Adrian Langtry, Noel Phelan, Vincent Gregan, Aisling Reddin, Orlaith Baldwin and Luke Fogarty have come together to curate a special and unique exhibition of visual research done of the past, present and future in Grangegorman.

The Grangegorman site is currently in a state of transition from its past as a psychiatric hospital and its future as a third level education campus. We are among the last photography and fine art students to complete undergraduate study at some of the DIT buildings currently located across Dublin City Centre. We will be the last fine art and photography students to complete out study at Portland Row and Temple Bar. The students who are coming through directly after us will be the first to move to the DIT Grangegorman campus, along with social sciences, in September 2014.

The team have curated an exhibition from the perspective of the student population affected by these changes, but who will never study on the new site. It is our aim to make a contribution to ideas and proposals about how to think about the history of the site, its people, its artefacts in the present, as we all imagine its future.

A detailed exhibition catalogue has been produced and is available for free. It includes interviews with Ivor Browne and James Mary O’Connor, as well as findings from student surveys, images and objects previously housed at the Community Museum, located in the old nurses building and the first building to be knocked in the re-development process.

A special once-off screening of a video shot anonymously without permission in one of the oldest and most physically distressed of the original buildings will be screened on the opening night – our thanks to the maker.

Our special thanks to Ronan Doyle, Alice Maugher, Ray Keane as well as Ivor Browne, Dick Bennett, James Mary O’Connor and Brian Cregan and appreciation for mediation by Brian Donnelly and Karen Whelan. Sincere thanks to others who helped ‘in the moment’.

Please join us for a reception on Thursday 9 May at 6pm. All welcome.

Dick Bennett, former Head Nurse at St Brendan’s Hospital and a voluntary Caretaker of the Grangegorman Community Museum, will open the exhibition.

The Exhibition will run:

Thursday 9th May, 12 – 8pm – launch at 6pm – all welcome.
Friday 10th May, 12 – 4pm
Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th May, 12 – 2pm

For more information:

Proudly supported by the DIT Annual Fund.

For further information contact jasonkearney@gmail.com


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