Opening Hours

The GLUCKSMAN Little Interview

This week we hear from Orla Murphy, lecturer in the School of English at University College Cork, and curator of Selective Memory exhibition.


Orla Murphy: 27 February 2015

What are you reading?
Re-reading The Name of the Rose, for mental health purposes & How We Think – Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis, for it is a good thing.

Favourite museum?
All the Tates - I am being drawn back there because of their Open attitude to sharing metadata via their API – and the spontaneous creation of other work out of that, that they could not have imagined – a curatorial grenade rolled out to explode the imaginations of anyone who wants to make it participatory.

Best performance?
Anything by Mr David Gray in Cork – I was amongst the few people in Nancy’s on Barracka back in the day – Shine, acoustic to a handful of people – I WAS!! Pre mobile ‘phone so only eyewitness evidence available.

What is your most treasured possession?
Erm – controversial, I’m not very much into things, take them or leave them, something I’ve kept safe for a long time is a teacher-made recipe book from 5th class primary, that reminds me of happy times – making and baking in school, shared meals cooked with friends, and walked home wrapped in a clean tea towel. I still use it – 34 years old – with the best Christmas Cake recipe… otherwise, what I hold in my head – glimpses of my sons, the sensation of immersion in freezing blue water, blue eyes …

What work(s) of art inspire you?
Sculpture and oils from the beginning – I remember first seeing and trying to figure out The Kiss by Rodin, realizing that 2D wasn’t going to cut it and that I had to see it in the round. Later, anything by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Seamus Murphy, and early oils Van Eyck especially – thank you to the great Tony O’Connor and his second year aesthetics course.

A lightbulb moment?
What? It’s the Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital? No way!

Guilty pleasure?
Sugar, straight, heaped, on a spoon – when no one is looking.

What would you like to be doing right now?
Waiting beyond the break with my eldest son for the next set, with a nice fat one for me, on Inch beach, Co. Kerry, at sunset – with a fire lit back at the house, waiting.

Previous Little Interviews

Killian O'Dwyer, CCAD student, 20 February 2015
Stuart McLaughlin, Google,
13 February 2015
Ann Ramsden, artist,
6 February 2015
Aideen Quirke, UCC Student
, 23 January 2015
Alan Phelan, artist
16 January 2015