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Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Embroided EU Flag 120cm x 80cm 2016
The Museum of August Destiny - St Carthage Hall Lismore Castle, Waterford & 
Pearse Museum, Dublin 2016.

This exhibition features six artists born or working in Ireland and explores the resonance of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, a century after it was written. The exhibition proposes an alternative means of making 1916 again manifest, by creating a 'capsule' museum responding to the final line of the 1916 Proclamation: In this supreme hour the Irish nation must by its valour and discipline and by the readiness of its children to sacrifice themselves for the common good, prove itself worth of the august destiny to which it is called.

The Museum of August Destiny has commissioned six contemporary artists to respond to one of six 'visions' of Irish destiny set out in the Proclamation. I was asked to respond to the line 'the pursuit of happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and all of its parts'. Housed within museum cases on loan from the Pearse Museum, the six artworks present individual meditations (utilizing sounds/objects/images) on the realiza- tion or retreat from our 'august destiny'. In re-scaling and re-configuring the vision of 1916 in contemporary terms, The Museum of August Destiny invites reflection on the real and imagined distance traversed over the past century; on the act of commemoration itself and its industries; and declares its own vision of a past aimed at future publics.

You might think, as you arrive in Pearse exhibition space, that an invigilator has wandered off and left their transistor radio turned on. You will know The Stranglers' No More Heroes, The Clash's Know Your Rights or Daft Punk's Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, but the more cryptic sounds are the Morse code broadcasts about the Rising. They are Mark Clare's contribution. In the vitrine, Daft Punk's title is embossed as though on a team banner. Clare is alluding to the darker aspects of nationalism, mutating from a right to self-determination to aggressive self-interest and small-minded selfishness.  - Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times