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POST-IT
Poster project
Dundee, Scotland
August – September 2013

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POST-IT is a collaborative Print Project Exhibition, between Cork Printmakers & CIT Crawford College of Art & Design. The project involved inviting artists to use poster sites, to display artworks across the City of Dundee, Scotland.

80 poster sites will display the artwork in Dundee, for the duration of IMPACT8: 28 August - 1 September. IMPACT is an international printmaking conference, which takes place biennially in a different international location. Check this link:www.conf.dundee.ac.uk/impact8/home for further details.

The project then returns to Cork City, where it will be displayed across 100 poster sites, as part of Cork Culture Night 2013, from 14 - 22 September 2013.

Through an open call submission, 12 artists were selected to participate in this project:Johnny Bugler, John Gayer, Lorraine Hogan, Ruth Hogger, Marianne Keating, Fiona Kelly, Kathryn Kelly, Linda McConville, Garrett Phelan, Jim Ricks, Sercan Sahin & Sylvia Taylor. 

All the images can be viewed at this link; www.cargocollective/postit

This project is to be a conduit for the dissemination of thoughts and ideas on the notion of Borders and Crossing; the artist as explorer and encompasses notions of cultural, philosophical, spiritual, whimsical and the sublime. When you see a poster site that is not telling you what to buy, where to go, who to trust, it carries the impact of the unexpected.

We have chosen poster-sites because they are immediate, they help to take the artwork out of its usual context and setting. Seeing images produced in such a way is exciting and fresh for both organisations. The project was supported and prefaced by a vibrant and provocative series of artists' talks, hosted at CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, featuring presentations by Garrett Phelan, Jim Ricks, Gavin Beattie, Dara McGrath and The Project Twins.

A limited edition box set of 12 postcards, accompanies the exhibition.

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I submitted a diptych. While both images ‘go together’ as a single piece, it was not necessary that they be shown side by side. Only the latter of the two below was selected to be printed and put up.

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The photograph was posted by NBC news correspondent Richard Engel on February 4th, 2011 to Twitter saying: “#egypt. Egyptian protestor holding sign ‘thank you facebook’...”. It is has been, correctly in my opinion, asserted that the sign says “Thank you youth of Egypt” above the Facebook logo. It is unclear to me what it says below it. The point however is in the power of communication, in this case social media, to facilitate a social uprising. This was emulated by the Occupy movement especially in the US. It is also to see how quickly brands, even brands of social media via social media, have become common currency globally.

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The second image is an altered screen grab from Facebook. It is my intention to encourage people to write whatever message they like on this poster. Ideally something of political significance. In any case, the voice is given to the audience.

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