Outside Nama


This afternoon.

Dave Madigan and Meadhbh O’Connor write

We are two visual artists working on a joint project entitled ‘Power Structures’, which involves the photographing of a temporary sculpture in different loci of power. We are interested in aspects of power in its many manifestations.We have constructed a modular Sierpinski pyramid as a symbol of a hierarchical structure, i.e. many components on the lower layer, proportionally fewer on the layer above and so on rising to a single apex.
We have been photographing it with various recognisable institutions or agencies of power and influence, be they political, financial, religious, infrastructural or social. It is our intention to elicit in our audience a questioning of the nature, distribution and formation of power in society. We took this at 4pm outside Nama’s headquarters in Treasury Building, Dublin.

More information on the project here.

22 thoughts on “Outside Nama

    1. Ahjayzis

      How is taking a common saying like “power structure” , distilling it to it’s most literal meaning and erecting a “structure” beside something percieved to be “powerful” NOT art?

      It’s genius, pure genius. BRAVO!

    2. SOMK

      Ya, tis art, but is it good art? Not 100% fair to judge work online, but if you put it there then well, there you are.

      Following on from the link here, I think it’s pretty nonsensical really, what relationship do a beach, the NAMA buildings, RTE and Christ church have in common? I see no real thematic link between the notion of political “power” and a power station other than the word “power”. It strikes me as having the same kind of laziness a lot of art work about the economic crisis has, saying bloody nothing, which if you see culture not as an end to itself but rather as a representation of the society it comes from, is fair enough considering how few people have any grasp of the situation at all (see for example the comments herehttp://www.broadsheet.ie/2013/01/15/why-were-best-in-class/ )

      Looks like it could be a good show in terms of spectacle (especially the power station room, shades of “a mother and child divided”), but thematically it strikes me as incoherent, I see how any of this would make anyone question anything, the effect is no different to taking a series photographs and photoshopping a big arrow in, “look NAMA” “look a church” “look RTE” these aren’t questions, they’re not even statements.

        1. neil

          I think the sculpture works better than the photography of it to be honest. As documentation of the installation, fair enough, but I’m not sure it’s doing the job itself.

    1. Sido

      How true.- I think I remember some hippy shit about leaving razor blades in mini pyramids, aligned to ley lines,
      It was supposed to keep them sharp You could use the same one for years.
      Also one of the monsters on Dr. Who had a pyramid space ship. Could have been the Sontarans.

  1. Continuity Jay-Z

    You should put in in front of a Nissan Skyline GT-R. That is the true definition of power. That and a Massy Ferguson MF8690 and Serena Williams.

  2. Atticus

    All art is at once surface and symbol,” Oscar Wilde wrote. “Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.”

  3. dsdsdsd

    That’s not even a proper Sierpinksi pyramid. And the lines aren’t even straight. 0/10 see me.

  4. BillyD

    “In this country, first you get the money, then you get the power, then you get the hipster art students constructing derivative art installations on your doorstep.”

  5. BillyD

    “In this country, first you get the money, then you get the power, then you get hipster art students building derivative and unimaginative art installations on your doorstep”

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