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Sarah Browne, Remembering Gray, 2013. Performance in Morse code of a commissioned poem by Alice Lyons, from a functional sculpture (powder-coated steel, leatherette, glass), including a temporary aerial and shortwave radio transmission equipment. Performance by members of the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group under the call sign EI2EEN

The proceeds from the sale of the book, From Margin to Margin (Looking for Eileen), have been treated as a fund ‘to be used in the service of the memory of Eileen Gray’. For Remembering Gray, the artist completes this self-assigned contract by commissioning a poem from poet Alice Lyons. The poem exists in lieu of any formal eulogy or obituary for Gray, but also as a piece of Lyons’ own work, with its own integrity. It is intended to have a performative potential and the capacity for distribution in multiple forms, all extending from an initial translation into Morse code—a form of minimal communication that shares qualities of invisibility and secrecy resonant with Gray’s practice.

One transmission of this work is carried out through a temporary shortwave radio station in the Irish Museum of Modern Art (call sign EI2EEN) From October 2013 until April 2014, in collaboration with the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group, Ireland. With thanks to Mark Wall, Sean Byrne, and all participants from the South Eastern Radio Group.

Curator Marguerite O’Molloy writes about the process of creating the work at IMMA here.

Detail of QSL card – reverse of poem (for exchanging with listeners), designed by Oonagh Young

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