One Hour Archive
Community Partner: An Síol Community Development Project
Commission Type: Open Call
Commissioner Name: Grangegorman Public Art Working Group, Grangegorman Development Agency
Per Cent for Art: Yes
One Hour Archive (OHA) is a community based art project, made in partnership with An Síol. Taking its lead from the quote; ‘…the lives we live’ OHA asks the senior residents of Grangegorman to creatively engage in conversation around the lives they have lived, in particular the lives lived throughout Stoneybatter’s diverse social and industrial histories. This engagement manifests in the form of one-hour-long community gatherings at The Darkroom (an independently run arts space in Stoneybatter) and at An Síol’s local community resource centres throughout Stoneybatter.
Within living memory, Stoneybatter boasts a rich history of industry, agriculture, commerce and social engagement that come together in a dynamic tapestry full of stories and personal experiences. Much of these personal histories live in a tradition of storytelling and thus are at risk of being lost, yet still play an integral role in understanding the history of the area. It is the aim of OHA to represent the importance of these stories through documentation and creative engagement.
One Hour Archive will develop in three stages;
- Beginning with a programme of 12 community gatherings at the Darkroom, a multi-media record of succinctly personal and interpersonal stories emerges through group mapping exercises, artist led conversations, sharing of family archives and other means.
- Drawing from the material gathered, a collaborative editing stage will emerge whereby participants in the project will help shape the form of the work to be made.
- The conclusion of the work will be with a public presentation of the work in Grangegorman
One Hour Archive Press Release | view here
As a graduate of IADT’s BA Photography programme, Louis Haugh is a visual artist working both independently and collaboratively in Dublin with photography, sound, installation and text. Haugh’s work showcases an intimate relationship with people and places, borrowing from photography’s rich history of practice to make visible these otherwise unseen relationships.
Haugh’s working methods are both socially and creatively engaged, with each creative process often being connected to a wide gamut of people, places or organisations. As a result, Haugh produces work that is both co-authored and collaboratively made.