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The Swimming Diaries (2008)

'This small book is exactly 25,000 words long. It corresponds to the 25,000 metres or strokes I swam during the month when my Mum was dying. After I had swum about 47 km I counted up all the words I had written during this difficult period. Approximately 43,000. I was amazed, as if each stroke had somehow translated into a word, excluding my rather long pushoffs. What was I trying to say? Did it really translate? Or is the swim itself perhaps impenetrable, untranslatable, in a language all of its own, one of water and muscle, energy and pain.'


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2010: The Swimming Diaries in display cabinet exhibition 'Glass I' Artbook@MoMA PS1 supported by Culture Ireland.

2010: series of writing workshops in P.S.1, New York supported by Culture Ireland. 
2010: at Cake, Co. Kildare.
2010: ‘No Soul for Sale’, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern with thisisnotshop Writing Workshop.
2009: at ‘No Soul for Sale’, X initiative, New York.
2009: at thisisnotashop, Dublin.
2008: at The Salon, Studio 6, Temple Bar Galleries.

Swimming Diaries is held in the collection of the Live Art Development Agency, London

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Selected Articles

2017: DIT Graduate Show: Luke McLaughlin, The Catcher in the Rye Circa Art Magazine July 18, 2017.

2016: Design and Violence, Science Museum, Dublin, a co-production with MoMANew York, review Circa Art Magazine, November 30, 2016.

2014: Ghost Empire article / images in Fire Station Artists’ Studios ‘Art & Activism’ publication relating to Troubling Ireland Think Tank.


2011: The Author of Unusual Papers, audio and installation, group show: response to the text at The Lab, Dublin.


2009: James Coleman retrospective RHA / IMMA / Project. Circa 128 magazine, pages 95-99.


2008: Sophie Calle ‘Prenez soin de vous’, Venice Biennale, Circa 122 magazine, pages 62-66. Also available from JSTOR online journal.


2008: Glasgow International Festival review, Circa 124 magazine, pages 82-86.


2008: Circa 125 magazine review of NCAD graduate show: Richard Gibson, pages 61-63.


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