Thursday, 15 October 2009

Last Weekend

So spoiled are we for cultural events here in Dublin (pictured above from the roof of Liberty Hall) that right now, every weekend is jampacked with exhibitions, events, screenings and gigs, and last weekend was no exception. Busy as it was (Open House was pretty hectic, but excellent nonetheless), I still managed to fit in some Darklight events (below is their awesome poster, but they haven't emailed me back yet to tell me who designed it). Kudos must go to the artists of the Dodo Collective for their excellent exhibition, Utopia, in Smithfield. Also on the bill was Synth Eastwood Present New Animation Shorts in Lighthouse, a really enjoyable collection of ...well... new animation shorts..

Lauded as the must-see show of the festival, thisispopbaby presents Niall Sweeney's "Revolver" was on Saturday evening in Lighthouse. With very little knowledge of who Niall Sweeney was or what Revolver was going to be, I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed his lecture/slideshow/performance featuring flashing lights, performances from Miss Panti and Shirley Temple Bar and a sean nós rendition of "You spin me right round baby, right round...". I was also pleasantly surprised to find out that amid organising some of the raunchiest club nights Dublin's ever seen and shaping Dublin's drag scene for generations to come, Sweeney has also been doing some of the best graphic design both here and in London as Pony. Just one of the designs he's responsible for is the catalogue for Thomas Demand's exhibition, L'Esprit D'Escalier in IMMA in 2007. Pictures below are via Pony, which I recommend you visit for more graphic design pleasure.