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Ghost-Haunted LandContemporary Art and Post-Troubles Northern Ireland$
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Declan Long

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781784991449

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784991449.001.0001

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Phantom publics: imagining ways of ‘being together’

Phantom publics: imagining ways of ‘being together’

(p.169) 5 Phantom publics: imagining ways of ‘being together’
Ghost-Haunted Land

Declan Long

Manchester University Press

Chapter 5 focuses on case studies of wide-ranging art projects — by Susan Philipsz, the Bbeyond collective, Phil Collins, Brian O’Doherty, Philip Napier and Mike Hogg and artist-group Factotum — that, in variously performative and relational modes, have involved staging, proposing or entering provisional situations of social encounter and collectivity. These events and interventions, it will be suggested, exhibit varying degrees of sensitivity to the challenges of the uneasy post-Troubles predicament. But in notable instances we find artists striving to make space for unorthodox perspectives and unheard voices, asking what it might mean to be part of a ‘public’ in post-Troubles Northern Ireland, and attempting to making visible — often in understated, ambiguous or anxious ways — what might otherwise remain hidden.  

Keywords:   Public, performance, relational, interventions, events

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