‘The Irish House: A Psychogeographical Map’
An Artist Book by Róisín Power Hackett
There will be two events to launch the publication:
6-8pm, Wednesday, 7th February at Waterford City Library, Lady Lane, Waterford
(wine reception and reading from the essay.)
7.30-8.30pm, Friday, 16th February, at The Friary, Mill Street, Callan, Co. Kilkenny
(tea/coffee and brief talks by Joseph Kennedy & Róisín Power Hackett)
‘To give [a house] poetic space is to give it more space than it has objectivity’
– Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
The Irish House: A Psychogeographical Map, is an essay and series of colour photographs published together that chart my journey, after eleven years of absence, through my grandparent’s old house and drapery shop in Callan, Co. Kilkenny. Situated on Bridge Street, the Medieval street of the town, the building is more than two hundred years old and slowly collapsing into decay. What I recount as I travel through the myriad of crumbling rooms draws on Guy Debord’s psychogeography and Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space (1957). Psychogeography is, ‘the study of the specifics effects of the geographical environment, consciously or not, on the emotions or behaviours of the individual’*. Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space, speaks of the intimate spaces of our lives and how we react to them or recall them. In addition, the essay studies the layers of the building, tracing its history from the early nineteenth century until today, having housed an inn, postal establishment, livery, pub and finally drapery shop. The Irish House: A Psychogeographical Map, uncovers my personal and imaginative connection to this interior; a trove of childhood memories and retro decoration, encased in a nineteenth century structure. The publication is hand bound in a variety of old wallpaper that was found in the house.
*Coverley, Merlin, (2006), Psychogeography, Pocket Essentials
Price of publication €15
For more information on this project please click here.
Review in the ‘Kilkenny People’ Newspaper
Review in the ‘Kilkenny Reporter’ Newspaper
I would like to thank those who generously supported this project through the Fund It Campaign – Sinéad Brannick, Tracy Coburn, Mark Cullen, Steph Gallagher, Shawnagh Hackett, Ruth Howley, Ruth Kerr, Bruce MacDonald, Nollaig Molloy, Art Mooney, Gavin Murphy, Rob Murphy, Aisling Ní Chlaonadh, Mary O’Beachain, Veronica O’Keane, Frank Power, Robert Power, Rosaleen Power, Niamh Reynolds, Cliodhna Shaffrey, Orlaith Treacy + all those who wanted to remain private