Remembering Gray (Graz)

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Automatic, ongoing performance in Morse code of a commissioned poem by Alice Lyons, 2019, from an existing fluorescent light tube in Grazer Kunstverein (duration of the poem when translated into Morse code c. 20 minutes)

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. The version in the Grazer Kunstverein also intervenes in the built fabric of the institution, where the flickers of a tube light signal her memorial.

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With thanks to Dennis McNulty. Exhibited as part of The Peacock, 2013, curated by Krist Gruijthuijsen.