Declan Clarke and Garrett Phelan In-conversation


O'hUiginn Gallery
On 8 Mar, 2023

Join artists Declan Clarke and Garrett Phelan for a discussion on Clarke's exhibition 'The Museum of Broadcasting and Loneliness' on view in the Petronella Brown and Padraig O'hUiginn galleries until 26 March 2023.

Initiated by Declan Clarke in 2020, The Museum of Loneliness and Broadcasting is comprised of a suite of short films that contextualise the intentions and concerns of the museum; display items from the former Museum of Broadcasting, and an award winning feature length film, Saturn and Beyond.

The museum centres on the history of electronic communication, its development over the last century, and how this legacy manifests itself currently in an unsteady, evolving Europe. As Europeans continue to define nationhood within the confines of globalism, reflections between past and present are more significant than ever. This project considers an evolving relationship between humans and technology, a relationship that is both enhanced and disrupted through the limitations of communication and comprehension. The museum incorporates both historical artefacts and personal items, and presents a complex, layered story of transition and transmission.

Central to the installation is the award winning film, Saturn and Beyond. Produced in 2021, the film is a 60 minute reflection on the development of transatlantic communication, ultimately connecting these networks with neural networks, and dementia.


Declan Clarke, born Dublin, Ireland 1974 is an artist and filmmaker. Recent solo exhibitions include The Last Broadcast Galway Arts Centre; The Last Broadcast Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, both 2022. The Museum of Broadcasting and Loneliness, Kunstervein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, 2021; Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria, 2020; As I Get Older I Get More Afraid of the Dark, Salonul de proiecte, Bucharest, Romania, 2017. His films have been included in the FID-Marseille International Film Festival, in 2022, 2021, 2016 and 2013; the F/Stop Film Festival Leipzig, 2018; Tromsø International Film Festival in 2014; The New York Underground Film Festival, 2010. In 2016 he won the Jury Prize at the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts. In 2022 he won the Kodak Prize at FID Lab. His film Saturn and Beyond won the Georges De Beauregard International Award at FID Marseille 2021 from an international jury headed by the acclaimed filmmaker Lav Diaz. 

Garrett Phelan is an artist that continues to develop a distinctive practice through ambitious site specific/gallery projects that include; Independent FM radio broadcasts, sculptural installations, public commissions, photography, drawing, animations, film, publications, performance etc. Recent solo exhibitions and commissions include; FREE THOUGHT FM, Douglas Hyde Gallery of Contemporary Art, (2019); I HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE SO NEAR, National Gallery of Ireland (2018); THE HIDE PROJECT, commission, Fingal County Council, Dublin (2017 – ongoing); HEED FM, commission, ART:2016, Arts Council, Dublin (2016).

Image courtesy of the artist.

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