One Hour Archive
Artist: Louis Haugh
Community Partner: Aughrim Street Tuesday Club, An Síol Community Development Project
Date: 2016 – 2019
Commission Type: Open Call
Commissioner Name: Grangegorman Public Art Working Group, Grangegorman Development Agency
Per Cent for Art: Yes
One Hour Archive by visual artist Louis Haugh is an audio, text, photography and GPS based work, presented asaone hour audio-guided walking tour of Stoneybatter, led by the voices of the members of The Tuesday Club. It was officially launched on 29 May 2019 and continues to be available for public access via www.pocketsights.com/tours/ tour/Dublin-One-HourArchive. Associated professionals include An Síol, Community Development Agency in Stoneybatter, Mairéad Tully, community care worker Owen Binchy, Director of An Síol, and Dr. Nathan O’Donnell, writer. One Hour Archive received additional support from Fingal County Council. It has been included in the Bealtaine Festival, the Stoneybatter Festival and Culture Night and features on publicart.ie.
One Hour Archive began when, in 2017, Louis joined The Tuesday Club, a local knitting and crafts group based in Stoneybatter, with the intention of getting to know the older community living in his neighbourhood. The Tuesday Club was founded in approximately 2005 by Stoneybatter resident and local legend Alice Fitzharris. Growing tired of her older neighbours being forgotten about, Alice started arranging afternoon tea, cakes, knitting circles and social gatherings every Tuesday. This evolved into a bustling social group that organises outings, events, charity raffles and overnight trips throughout the year as well as maintaining a weekly gathering at Aughrim Court. It was evident when Louis joined the group that the rich social history of Stoneybatter was at risk of being forgotten from one generation to another. Over the course of several months Louis began recording conversations and interactions with the members of the group to gradually build a one-hour audio-guided walking tour of Stoneybatter, which became the One Hour Archive.
Stoneybatter is a small village in Dublin 7 that boasts a rich and diverse social history dating back many generations. Within living memory Stoneybatter has seen huge and continuous development, once the centre of a famous cattle mart, now it is a thriving hub for cafes and restaurants. One Hour Archive guides its audience throughout the streets of Stoneybatter and shines a light on the near-forgotten gems in history. Through anecdotal storytelling, reminiscing and group conversations, the social history of Stoneybatter is remembered and celebrated.
One Hour Archive Press Release | view here
Louis is an artist, educator and photographer based in Dublin. His practice encompasses photography, video, audio, text and often involves event-based outcomes. His work is both socially-engaged and collaboratively made and seeks to represent people and places through different modes of visual engagement. His practice is deeply influenced by his work as a museum photographer and darkroom printer. Drawing on many years of work printing and documenting still and live art for galleries, museums and artists in Ireland, he has a built a complex visual language based on collaboration and peer-to-peer engagement.
Dr. Nathan O’Donnell
Nathan is a Research Fellow at IMMA in connection with the IMMA Collection: Freud Project. He was the holder of a two- year Irish Research Council Enterprise Postdoctoral Fellowship at the museum, 2018-19, during which time he co-organised several events and symposia dedicated to Freud’s work, as well as working as a curatorial researcher for exhibitions in connection with the Freud Project.