TULCA Festival of Visual Arts and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture in association with The Dock presents New writing commissions for Austins Ivers exhibition THREADS. For this exhibition Austin Ivers considers some technological developments of the post-war period and their subsequent application in state command and control systems during the Cold War. Utilising video, sculpture and photography, this is a consideration of the relationship between the aesthetic of power and life as experienced under the perpetual threat of nuclear annihilation.
Four writers will publish their responses to the themes and ideas of the exhibition each Tuesday for a month. They are Ian Maleney, Joanne Laws, Cathy Sweeney and Pat McCabe.
The fourth essay in the series is entitled Off The Shoulder of Skibereen and is written by Patrick McCabe. We will publish the essay here and across our on line platforms on Tuesday 15th December.
Patrick McCabe was born in Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland, in 1955. Shortlisted twice for the Man Booker Prize and winner of the Irish Times Fiction Award for The Butcher Boy, his other novels include The Dead School, Breakfast on Pluto, Winterwood and Heartland. He has also written for radio, stage and screen and is a member of Aosdána.