Conceptual Archivist And Artist David Blackmore’s Solo Walk From Mizen To Malin Head Without Passing A Pub
David Blackmore (born Dublin, Ireland, lives and works London, UK) Over the past year David was invited to make work for The Schwartz Gallery’s Project space (London). The work that was produced for this space, ‘Self Help’, has since travelled to The Voorkamer (Belgium) as part of ‘In and outside – writing’ and been published in Argon Magazine. In addition to this Blackmore exhibited work in PhotoIreland Festival, The Belfast Photography Festival and The Margate Photography Festival during the summer of 2011.
Previously David has had solo shows at Gallery Vassie (Amsterdam), Draíocht (Dublin), The Central European House of Photography (Bratislava) and also been involved in a number of group shows in Canada, India, Malaysia, Slovenia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Aside from his own artistic practice Blackmore is a part-time lecturer at the University for the Creative Arts (UK). His work has been published in SuperMassiveBlackHole and as part of it’s exhibitions during the PhotoIreland and Belfast Photo festivals. For more see his website here.
Walking solo from the most southerly point in Ireland, Mizen head, to the most northerly point of the island, Malin head without passing a pub. David is using social media such as Twitter and Facebook to archive the project, as well as a website to make donations to a chosen charity benefiting from his walk. As David documented his journey, selected posts from his Twitter and Facebook accounts were posted here.
This walk was being made in response to a mis-quote from Ulysses that is used by the James Joyce Pub award. The James Joyce Pub award is given to pubs in Ireland which are deemed to be ‘authentic Irish pubs’ based on descriptions in Ulysses.
The awards plaque references Joyce’s seminal work with the following quote ‘A good puzzle would be to cross Ireland without passing a pub’.
The correct quote is ‘Good puzzle would be cross Dublin without passing a pub’.
The use of this quote purposely seeks to feed into and off marketable and romantic notions what Ireland and the Irish are. With the intention of attracting tourism from overseas particularly those from the extended Irish diaspora. This quote also further develops the stereotypical image of the Irish as drinkers.