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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 UCC academic Daniel Blackshields, who led this season's In Detail talk in response to the current show Everything Must Go.


Daniel Blackshields: 26 February 2016

What are you reading?
I tend to have a couple of books on the go at once – no idea whether this is good or not. At the moment I am reading The Mindful Brain by Dan Siegal and Dialogue by William Isaacs. Both are exploring ways of individual and collective contemplative living from multi-dimensions. We also have a ‘wee book shelf’ in our loo at home and here I have a collection of comic strips from the old Battle comic – Charley’s War.

Favourite museum?
Don’t really have one, I tend to be more interested in viewing specific pieces. However, that being said the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, North Carolina was ‘a delightful surprise’ – we were there at a conference and Marian McCarthy and myself normally do a ‘workshop’ in a local gallery – without much research in advance on what is there. CAM was a fantastic surprise for us. In this sense, it is probably my favourite gallery experience to date.

Best performance?
Roger Llewellyn as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes - The Last Act! Which was in the Everyman Palace in 2006.

What is your most treasured possession?
Probably my old box of Lego (I think they now call it ‘classic Lego’ as it is not themed. This box was passed on to me around 1981 from my uncles and was passed on by me to my daughter last year.

What work(s) of art inspire you?
The Human Condition – Rene Magritte
Attempting the Impossible – Rene Magritte
The Treachery of Images – Rene Magritte

Rarely has anyone made me think about the way I think about the world like Magritte.

A lightbulb moment?
That I could integrate my teaching with my ‘self’ – i.e. interest in the Visual Arts, Classic Crime Novels and films. Not only did this enable me to integrate parts of me and my life, it has, I think made me a more fulfilled professional teacher.

Guilty pleasure?
Not sure it is a guilty pleasure but one of the great things to occur since my daughter has come along have been to give myself permission to be a kid again – i.e. make lego, watch cartoons etc. I will now happily watch cartoons when Ellie Mai is gone to bed!!!

What would you like to be doing right now?
I should say Phd…. But I am going to say a coffee shop someplace reading.

Antonia Hirsch, 19 February
Fiona Kelly
, 12 February 2015

Declan Jordan
, 5 February 2015

Find the 2015 Little Interviews here