Ciarán Walsh

The Sickness, Book One

The Sickness, Book One

10 EUR
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The Sickness, Book One
10 EUR

Novella, English-language, 120 pages, 2017
Digital offset print, b&w

The Sickness, Book One is a work of dystopian fiction by Berlin-based artist Ciarán Walsh. Set in a near-future world troubled by a mysterious pandemic and experiencing a near-total ban on public discussion of the topic, the short piece of fiction explores psychological, sociological and philosophical themes. 

The narrative 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, attempting to piece together a personal history, 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

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Vortices
18 EUR

Novella, English-language, 96 pages, 2016
Risograph print, b&w with colour cover
Limited numbered edition  of 100

An artwork in the form of a paper-back novella, this short piece of fiction vibrantly remixes the biography of French caver and chronobiologist Michel Siffre, the mythological moods of science-fiction, and aspects of museum and post-colonial theory.

In Vortices, an unnamed narrator – an institutional therapist – recounts his time working with "the Subject", following his participation in an extreme sleep experiment in preparation for the first manned mission to Mars.  Wading through a jungle of unreliable narration, uncanny and supernatural episodes, and rumours of political intrigue, the narrator's own account unfolds with increasing doubt and confusion.