Off the wall
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (IE)
In collaboration with Breda Burns, Conor O Grady and Jo Killalea
OFF THE WALL
2015, GALWAY MAYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, CO. MAYO, IRELAND. IN COLLABORATION WITH BREDA BURNS, CONOR O GRADY AND JO KILLALEA
SIN-THO-ME, Bryan Gerard Duffy
My artworks culminate under the title "Sin-Tho-Me" derived from Jacques Lacan' seminar "Sinthome" suggesting that "language is the basic social institution in the sense that all others presuppose language". It's meaning translates from the Latin for "Symptom", in relation to illness, whilst "Sin-Tho-Me" plays on the Catholic Church' involvement in our institutions in Ireland.
"Oddball" is a collection of photographs (and video) depicting a large white air-filled latex balloon wedged into pockets throughout the campus, uniting the surfaces of the old institution with the new.
The building was formerly St. Mary's Psychiatric Hospital from 1866-2006. This tradition of de and re- institutionalisation of buildings with negative histories and the negative histories and the cultural context of the GMIT building itself became important points of reference for all of the Artists in residence.