Ciarán Walsh



A Knot in a Tightening Band, 2018
139 HD video clips without sound, selected for playback in a random order (endless loop), and accompanied by an asynchronous audio track (duration 19 minutes)
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The work isolates short clips from mid-1950s German Heimatfilme, creating an endlessly looping meta-film structured by the cinematic language of psychodrama and horror, and dealing with loss, anxiety, and repressed memory.




3377 Days → 100818 → x Days, 2018
Series of 7 photographs; inkjet prints, each 20 x 30 cm (unique prints)

A series exploring the indexical relationship of photography to the corporeal absence and the passage of time. The work documents the absence and traces of a deceased person in their former domestic sphere, and maps the date of death to the documentary moment.




The Sickness, Book One, 2017
Novella; 120 pages, digital offset print, paperback, 250 copies
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Taking the form of a piece of speculative fiction, the work explores the bodily, death, personal guilt, and repression of collective memory, building up a narrative that draws both on classical ghost stories and contemporary conspiracy tropes. The Sickness, Book One is published by TFGC Publishing (Düsseldorf/Berlin).




Exhibition Module for a Fictional Text, 2017
Sculpture; wood, paint, 225 x 65 x 210 cm

Quoting 20th Century minimalist sculpture, the work‘s structure is based on the proportions of four bodies and references flows and breaks.




Vortices, 2016
Novella; 100 pages, risograph print, paperback, 100 copies
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The work utilises speculative fiction to approach post-colonial critique of the ethnological collections of European museums, compiling a narrative around space exploration, religious fetish objects, a sleep experiment, and an out-of-body experience.




Fragments of Unknown Teachings, 2014
Two-room installation; diverse materials, including exhibition lighting on a programmed cycle (duration 10 minutes)
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The sculptural assemblage based upon elements of classical museums was illuminated by an array of programmed lights constantly in flux, creating a dynamic environment of emerging and dissolving forms, silhouettes, reflections, and shadows.




The Ghost of an Image, 2014
Spoken word performance; incorporated an additional digital audio element and a series of 3 screen prints (duration 45 minutes)

A multi-media work using various supernatural tropes to meditate upon loss and remembrance. The spoken word segment concluded with a collective séance experiment enabled by a 19.98 Hz sine wave.




A Time for Superlatives, 2014
Sculpture; painted foamcard, acrylic glass, wood, light box

A Time for Superlatives derives from two Classic Greek statue fragments from Berlin's Neues Museum, introducing through the sculptural reworking senses of hollowness, fragile temporality, and informational alientation.




He Cried in a Whisper at Some Image, at Some Vision, 2012
Series of 3photographs; inkjet prints, each 60 x 40 cm (unique prints)

The photo series He Cried in a Whisper at Some Image, at Some Vision represents three large displays of religious sculptural artifacts from the 'Africa Rooms' of the former Ethnological Museum in Dahlem, Berlin.



It's Just a Shadow Away, 2011
Video work; HD video with audio, duration 9 mins 30 secs
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In It's Just a Shadow Away, two actors work to recreate scenes from Andrei Tarkofsky's 1972 film Solaris in the original Russian - a language of which the have no knowledge - in a work examining mourning, guilt, alientation and the pursuit of emotional verisimilitude.




Isolated Receptor, 2010
Sculpture; enamel-painted aluminium, plastic tubing, wood

Scultpural work drawing from the biological-energetic theories of Wilhelm Reich, and dealing with the body, the transformative and the visually unapprehended.




Urwald, 2010
Sculpture; series of 7 digital offset prints glued together, steel bar

Visual-scultpural work exploring the distribution and operation of 'folk/heimat' imagery in contemporary discourse.



Fabricated Model (Accumulation), 2010
Sculpture; painted wood, acrylic glass fixtures, varying dimensions

Scultpural work drawing from the biological-energetic theories of Wilhelm Reich, and dealing with the body, the transformative and the visually unapprehended.




Conduit, 2009
Sculpture; various materials, varying dimensions

Scultpural work drawing from the biological-energetic theories of Wilhelm Reich, and dealing with the body, the transformative and the visually unapprehended.




Iris Stream, 2009
Video work; SD video without audio, loop (endless)
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Video work quoting 20th Century Colour Field painting and based upon the biological-energetic theories of Wilhelm Reich.




Station, 2008
Sculpture; various materials, 210 x 90 x 90 cm

Scultpural work drawing from the biological-energetic theories of Wilhelm Reich, and dealing with the body, the transformative and the visually unapprehended.