Open Call is Still Running

Hello Everyone,

Just to let you all know, our open call is still running until the 23rd of September for anyone who would like to get their submissions in.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far, we have had an amazing response, with absolutely excellent submissions. It promises to be an exciting week in Helsinki.

For anyone who is interested, please read below for more details on the Open Call and upcoming project.

Street Line Critics is going on tour to be a part of the ‘Gaming The System’ in Helsinki from the 24th to the 27th of September and will be exploring the public spaces surrounding Kulosaari Metro Station, and the underpass leading to its entrance.

We would like to invite everyone who is interested in getting involved, to contribute their imagined ideas, thoughts, views or experiences of this place.  Street Line Critics has to this point, focussed on sharing individual experiences of a personally chosen place to extend the meaning of those places for the passer-by, from a personal, citizen perspective.

This time it will be a little different, in that we ask everyone to contribute their imagined notions of a place that they have perhaps never visited.   Through contributions from our Irish network we hope to build a platform for our Helsinki audience to look at a place they visit regularly in a different way. Creating the opportunity to question and explore the meaning and function of Kulosaari Metro Station in our daily lives.  Stopping for a moment, and pausing to reconsider a place, which in its very nature is considered transient.  A non-place where often we are focussed on the virtual reality of our destination, rather than looking around at where we find ourselves in the present moment.

It will be an opportunity for both our Street Line Critics network in Ireland and those who get involved with the project in Helsinki to question our daily realities and build up new insights about how we use and inhabit our urban landscapes, mapping out our findings from a citizen perspective.  Rather than allowing our notion of place to be ruled by the standards of advertising and the prescribed function of places within an idealized city image.

As such, people in Helsinki will also have the chance to make their own contributions, to be written in a location in Ireland.  In such a way extending our platform of dialogue.

So if you would like to contribute a word, sentence, phrase, question, poem, story, experience or any other written piece you feel could make an impact and start the conversation.  Please get in touch via

Email: streetlinecritics@gmail.com

Or message us on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StreetLineCritics

For more information on the location please view the photographs included below.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our funders who are kindly supplying everything we need and who are helping to make this project happen.

So a huge thank you to Pixelache and the Helsinki Transport System, who are a huge support to the project, and partners of Gaming the System festival.

And another huge thank you to Culture Ireland for funding our travel over to Helsinki.

We look forward to hearing from you all, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us, either through, email or facebook.

For more information on the ‘Gaming the System’ festival please visit: http://theseanimals.org/ 

Photographs Courtesy of Anastasia Artemeva

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Street Line Critics at The Model in Sligo

Street Line Critics will be at The Model in Sligo on the 24th and 25th of June.  If you are around the area do come and take a look.  There will be a presentation on the projects work and influences to date, followed by a workshop, which will take Sligo’s rich poetic heritage as a starting point and get us chalking out in the town the following day. The event is open to the public and everyone is welcome, either to join our expanding Street Line network or just to come by and watch.

The details are as follows:

24th of June at 2pm

We will be meeting in The Model foyer for a presentation on the project followed by a workshop.

25th of June at 2pm

We will be meeting in The Model foyer and then going on a field trip to the various places around Sligo highlighted in the workshop the previous day, to write our contributions on the street.

For further information please visit: http://themodel.ie/education/street-line-critics-lotte-bender 

And for any questions please get in touch via our email streetlinecritics@gmail.com We look forward to seeing you all during the event.

Culture Night: Eric O’ Neill on the streets of the Crescent (Top of O’Connell Street)

Our Georgian City

With fanlights above, and doors of distinction below.

These features of Georgian architecture obvious to those in the know.

With red brick facades, carrying the dust and grime of many a year.

Their golden proportions blinding to the thousands of visitors who stop and stare.

Limestone plinths glimmer in the rain soaked streets,

They hide the arched basements and coal bunkers under ones feet.

With sash windows of wood now numbering but just a few,

Ah sure as the planners say Plastic, sure it will do.

The railings of uniform and boundary, rusting and screaming out for care.

So much knowledge lost, a tapered point ,a cast finial or a forged spear.

The era of the Celtic Tiger grabbed and torn down.

Now we have time to think, to look, to frown!

With Cruises gone, and Arthur’s Quay just another modern disposable block,

Let’s gather our thoughts create an appreciation, of our valuable unique heritage stock.

Champions must step forward, brave enough to voice ,we as a society should care!

It’s a must for the unborn future generations, to ponder, embrace and share.

Conservation and best practice should be understood and become the norm,

Limericks Georgian City the winner, sheltered from neglect, poor vision and planning, which year on year causes more destruction than any storm.

– Eric O’ Neill

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The Street Line Critics Book Launch is here!

Hello Everyone,

The waiting is finally over!

We would like to invite you all to the launch of the Street Line Critics Book.  It will be an opportunity to meet those involved in the project and listen to some of the submissions to the project being read at the open mic.
It will be launched in the White House Bar in Limerick on the 8th of October at 8.30pm.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Clare Glynn Chitan outside Limerick’s Colbert Station

Limerick Junction

The Station large and dome like, clinically clean
Cream tiles with loneliness lingering in every pore
Birds flying high, coming home to roost, to nest under the eaves
Family’s grouped together, like midgets around the carriage doors
Filling in the silent moments with meaningless chit chat
Another youth his passage paid is leaving home
To wander the earth, to search for a living
A train huffed and puffed, while building up its steam
A whistle signals, the train is moving slowly, outward bound
A last look back, to little groups, disappearing in to the distance
A waving frenzy to the chug, chug, chug of the train
The engine singing
Going Away, Going Away, Going Away
And he is gone

– Clare Glynn Chitan 

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And we will be published!

Hello Everyone,

We have a very exciting announcement to make.

Limerick Arts Office is s providing us with funding towards the self-publishing of a book on the Street Line Critics Project. So a huge thank you to them for their support.  It is a huge encouragement and will help us bring the project further into the future.

We are already working hard on the design and would like to thank everyone who is helping to make it happen.  With a special thank you to  Dominic Taylor of the Limerick Writers Centre, who is helping us find our feet in the world of self publishing.

We are hoping to launch the book in September and we will be sure to invite you all as soon as we have set a date.

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Kieran Carey at Ormston House

Doric or Ionic

“ Doric or Ionic was the thought I had,
about the reminants of another past time.

They intrigued me and are the welcoming smile
to all the art that hang on the walls.

They fit in with images yet hold their own when it come to glitz and glamour,
Like gods in the balcony watching over treasured gifted children.

They are painted a simple white
and flap their wings at night when no one is around.

Oh leaf , oh legend , oh dear what can the matter be,
Jonny so long at the fair.

– Kieran Carey

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Clare Glynn Chitan at Ormston House

What memories linger with in these walls

What spirits visit and walk these halls

Stairs and rooms, memories from years to year

Spirit of joy and sorrow ring out in the air

 

Secrets, whispered from room to room

 Telling of births and deaths, now silent as the tomb.

Laughter and tears mothers voices children’s calls.

Lingering memories clinging to the walls.

 

Empty spaces, resonating sounds.

Old familiar Ormston House, Prominent in our town.

Little do we know what secrets it holds?

While we walk on Patrick Street, we will not be told.

– Clare Glynn Chitan

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Brendan Hayes at Ormston House

‘THREE ORDINARY GHOSTS NEAR ORMSTON HOUSE’

They were just three ordinary ghosts that I met, going about their ghostly business-
so was I surprised? Well: I was surprised that I wasn’t more surprised by
meeting the three ordinary ghosts.

I guess they were not at all spooky –
No silly sheets over them with burnt-out holes for eyes …just three ordinary
ghosts as I’ve said . Near Ormston House

Later I was asked many questions: how did I know they were ghosts?
Could I see through them? Now that was I thought stupid …
But they definitely could see right through me …

And what of their business that caused them cross my path that day —
yes it was day, not night!? THEY WORE NAME-TAGS of men that I’d known
so there was recognition.. but I’m not sure; were they the likenesses of those
I’d known? Which might have made events easier understand.

Or were they simply carrying the tags of others departed …. I had many questions-
and I was much questioned later ..and later again. Oh, usual stuff; did I not try
and take a photo… Ask for email ,twitter, even facebook links.
it wasn’t like I was scared, either .

Yes. They knew my name, I’d heard it said- by someone in the trio-
as I stood aside, quite clearly ‘That’s Brendan!!!    And when they’d walked past I turned and saw -Yes, they had their feet firmly on the ground
and their backs jerking, like they were laughing …

They were just three ordinary walking, talking ghosts
that I left alone …and continue with whatever was their business that day
as I walked near Ormston house . Was that so weird from me ?
What else should I have done or said anyway ..

– Brendan Hayes

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