Launch: Waterford City Library, Lady Lane, Waterford. Wednesday 7th Feb, 6-8pm
WATERFORD LAUNCH OF ‘THE IRISH HOUSE: A PSYCHOGEOGRAPHICAL MAP’, AN ARTIST BOOK BY RÓISÍN POWER HACKETT
The Waterford City Library event will include a reading from the essay in the publication and a wine reception.
The Irish House: A Psychogeographical Map, is an essay and series of colour photographs published together that chart my journey, after eleven years of absence, through my grandparent’s old house and drapery shop in Callan, Co. Kilkenny. Situated on Bridge Street, the Medieval street of the town, the building is more than two hundred years old and slowly collapsing into decay. What I recount as I travel through the myriad of crumbling rooms draws on Guy Debord’s psychogeography and Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space (1957). Psychogeography is, ‘the study of the specifics effects of the geographical environment, consciously or not, on the emotions or behaviours of the individual’1. Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space, speaks of the intimate spaces of our lives and how we react to them or recall them. In addition, the essay studies the layers of the building, tracing its history from the early nineteenth century until today, having housed an inn, postal establishment, livery, pub and finally drapery shop. The Irish House: A Psychogeographical Map, uncovers my personal and imaginative connection to this interior; a trove of childhood memories and retro decoration, encased in a nineteenth century structure. The publication is hand bound in a variety of old wallpaper that was found in the house.
1Coverley, Merlin, (2006), Psychogeography, Pocket Essentials
The publication is available to buy in a variety of wallpaper patterns at the launches for €15.
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