Mnemonic Landscape  Barry O'Shea

RIBA Part.02 (2013)  |  University College Cork, Ireland

- Mnemonic Landscape imagines a near future scenario whereby a reformed Italian State confiscates Vatican assets and the contents of the Vatican Secret Archives owing to corruption and questionable practices beginning with the Lateran Treaty [1929] and the wilful acceptance of ‘Mussolini’s Millions’.

The project morphology becomes situated between ground space and aerial space. Early design investigations establish new indexicalities, describing multiple layers of sectional inhabitation, charting site blast patterns from the Allies aerial raid and the flight path trajectory of the B17 Bomber and imagining an intra-textual network of geometries and intersections between.

I regret writing the first piece of Sherlock graffiti in a toilet cubicle at my college in Ireland last year while I was bored and timewasting. it clearly inspired some of my fellow students to come out of their weird tumblr shells. if only I had known back then just how terrible the whole superwholock fandom shite was gonna be. what hath I wrought

I held my boyfriend’s hand the other day. I caught it and held it until we reached the main gates of University College Cork, as I usually do on campus, only this time I didn’t let go after we’d passed through. We moved along the Western Road, toward Washington Street, and as we reached the innards of Cork City, something strange lingered over me.

I had become anxious, and soon I wasn’t speaking. I was afraid.

In my silence, I shot glances around, searching for anyone who might do us harm. I felt an unease as cars slowed down next to us. I wondered whether they would shout “Faggot!” or “Queer!” at us, as they had done before when I had been in previous relationships or had otherwise felt like showing my love and affection through the simple act of hand holding. I wanted to keep holding because it was cold, and my boyfriend’s hand felt so comforting, but I did not want to put him through the hurt and pain that words can cause. It was then that, having consulted my conscience, I almost let go.

But something very different happened. I felt a torrent of anger at the world. I felt angry at society for making me feel this way, for telling me that I can’t hold my boyfriend’s hand without feeling fear, without feeling trepidation, without feeling a niggling sense of shame. And I felt angry at myself for even entertaining the idea that this was not something that I should be doing. Suddenly I felt proud, and yet despite the fact that no one had yelled slurs at us, I still felt like it could happen any minute.

That day I felt so scared that I became angry at the homophobia that I had ignored since my teens, and I felt so angry that I couldn’t let go. I held my boyfriend’s hand all the way to Paul Street in the center of the city. I felt defiant, and elated that it felt normal to me, but I still felt afraid. I still felt anxious. I still felt homophobia.

—  The Day I Held My Boyfriend’s Hand | Olan Harrington for the Huffington Post Gay Voices
Irish University... or Hogwarts?

Due to my extremely nerdy nature, my first thought upon setting foot on the campus of University College Cork was that I took a wrong turn and somehow ended up at Hogwarts.

External image

Am I right? 

The UCC campus is ridiculously beautiful with the river flowing right through it, the Gothic architecture and the vines growing everywhere. 

External image

External image

External image

External image

External image

External image

External image

External image

And our tour ends with a shot of the main entrance to campus.


If you’re in Cork City over the weekend, why not drop into Kaizoku-Con at University College Cork. I’ll be at the Artists Alley this Saturday and Sunday selling an array of prints and trinkets, including these brand new yokes:

★A3 and A4 prints of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency and Stardust Crusaders. All A3 prints are €12 each, and all A4 prints are €8 each.
★Steven Universe: Ruby and Sapphire Keyrings. Ruby is on one side and Sapphire is on the opposite side! €3 each.
★Mini Paper Frame Commissions: Request a mugshot drawing of anything you’d like, and I’ll decorate the frame with a design or message of your choosing. Limited to 8, including the example pieces shown which you can also buy. Each come with their own clothes peg so you can hang it up. €8 each.
★Ink Commissions: Request a portrait, bust or full body image drawn in ink for €15. Example pieces shown are also for sale for €15.
★If you buy both a Mini Paper Frame and Ink Commission, you’ll get the two for just €20.

A selection of A5 prints, magnets and bookmarks will also be available.

Check out the map to see where you can find me. I hope to see you all there! ♥