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The GLUCKSMAN Little Interview

Each week we ask the same set of questions to a different member of our community. Throughout 2015, we interviewed diverse members of the Glucksman community - artists, academics, staff members, guests, audiences and workshop participants. The responses were funny, inspiring, revealing and always a great read. The archive of 2015's interviews can be found here. Thanks to all who took part!

This week we hear from artist Ailbhe NĂ­ Bhriain who is currently exhibiting as part of 2116: forecast of the next century.


Ailbhe Ni Bhriain: 25 March 2016

What are you reading?
J. D. Salinger's 'Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: an Introduction'. Also some very odd 16th century texts on museology. Reading Salinger is a bit of a ritual for me - I go back to him every 5 years or so for that perfect fix; the museology texts are part of a new film I'm working towards.

Favourite museum?
At the moment it's the British museum; I'm planning to film there soon so am a little obsessed.

Best performance?
Possibly 'Explosions in the Sky' playing at ATP in Bristol. Luis Gibson & Sandra Recorder's film performance 'Obliteration' at last year's Plastik festival was also something special - completely hypnotic.

What is your most treasured possession?
A small compass. It was the first present given to me by my now-husband.

What work(s) of art inspire you?
The photographs of Mario Giacomelli have been a touchstone for me for years. I still love how his work is messy and precise and immediate and inscrutable all at once.

A lightbulb moment?
Seeing Chantal Akerman's work for the first time at the Whitechapel in London. Although lightbulb moment doesn't quite catch it...more a slow dawning over a long continuous tracking shot.

Guilty pleasure?
Trading netflix for sleep-ins with my kids.

What would you like to be doing right now?
Doing nothing with the sun in my face.

Eoin Colfer, 11 March 2016
Colin Darke,
4 March 2016
Daniel Blackshields,
27 February 2015
Antonia Hirsch,
19 February
Fiona Kelly
, 12 February 2015

Declan Jordan
, 5 February 2015

Find the 2015 Little Interviews here