Ciarán Walsh

The Sickness, Book One

The Sickness, Book One

10 EUR
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The Sickness, Book One - 1
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The Sickness, Book One
10 EUR

Novella, English, 120 pages
Digital offset print, monochrome, perfect binding
First edition, 2017

The Sickness is a multi-part work of fiction by Berlin-based artist Ciarán Walsh. Set in a near future world troubled by a mysterious pandemic, it uses this literary laboratory to explore psychological, sociological and philosophical themes. Book One concerns itself with the story of Alex Madden, an actor whose productions are haunted by the ghost of his younger brother. Madden flees through the pages of the book, scrambling for answers, and pursued by the idea of his brother's ghost.

The Sickness, Book One is published by TFGC Publishing, (Berlin/Düsseldorf, Germany), and was initially commissioned for the exhibition "Into the Mu" at Kunsthalle Bratislava (Slovakia), curated by Elisa Rusca.

Vortices

Vortices

20 EUR
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Vortices
20 EUR

Novella, English, 96 pages
Risograph print, monochrome with colour cover,  blue 'Swiss Brochure' binding
Limited numbered edition (100), 2016

Taking the form of the paper-back book to create an immersive, durational artwork, the novella remixes the biography of French caver and chronobiologist Michel Siffre, the mythology of science-fiction and space exploration, and concepts around museology and post-colonial theory, to both remap the notional space of the Museum and reflect on Stanislaw Lem's inner-/outer-space dichotomy. 

In Vortices, the unnamed narrator recounts his time working with the Subject, the only participant of an extreme sleep experiment in preparation for the first manned mission to Mars.  Punctuated by uncanny geographies, out of body experiences, and rumours of political intrigue, the narrator's account unfolds with increasing doubt and confusion.