UNCOMMON LAND — WHERE PUBLIC IS PRIVATE

EILIS MURPHY (IE)

EXHIBIT

FRI 22.06.12 - SAT 08.09.12

Uncommon Land is an experimental urban intervention which sets out to 
explore subdivisions that exist within cities, highlighting invisible borders 
between public and private. The project invites members of the public 
to participate in acts (taking a photo) that are normally unremarkable, 
but that are locally contested because of the legal status of the area 
in which they are carried out. Uncommon Land tests the boundaries 
of what is arbitrarily forbidden within certain spaces in the city.
Ownership and control of public spaces and public services are 
gradually being transferred to private corporations. Often this transfer 
of power alters how the public perceives and uses the city, especially 
privately owned ‘public’ areas. This project seeks to question the 
subdivisions that exist within cities, highlighting the invisible borders 
between public and private streets. It is intended to be an intervention 
into the politics of these spaces, a polite confrontation with the 
highly controlled and privately policed nature of these zones.
During HACK THE CITY, members of the public will be invited to 
participate in a flashmob, the documentation of which will be included 
within the exhibition as a series of photos, film footage and a map. 
BIO: Eilis Murphy holds a first class BA in Fine Art Print from the 
National College of Art and Design (2004) and is currently studying 
Arts, Participation and Development at Cork Institute of Technology. 
She was a recipient of the Mayo County Council Material Assistance 
Award (2009) and participated in the CAP Foundation residency 
(2004/2005), Custom House Westport residency (2005) and The 
Center for Book Arts internship programme, New York (2003). Recent 
solo exhibitions include: Galway Arts Centre (2007), Custom House 
Gallery Westport (2007), and recent group exhibitions include Shoot 
the Tiger, Pretty Vacant, Dublin (2012); Upstart, Dublin (2011).

Uncommon Land is an experimental urban intervention which sets out to explore subdivisions that exist within cities, highlighting invisible borders between public and private. The project invites members of the public to participate in acts (taking a photo) that are normally unremarkable, but that are locally contested because of the legal status of the area in which they are carried out. Uncommon Land tests the boundaries of what is arbitrarily forbidden within certain spaces in the city.

Ownership and control of public spaces and public services are gradually being transferred to private corporations. Often this transfer of power alters how the public perceives and uses the city, especially privately owned ‘public’ areas. This project seeks to question the subdivisions that exist within cities, highlighting the invisible borders between public and private streets. It is intended to be an intervention into the politics of these spaces, a polite confrontation with the highly controlled and privately policed nature of these zones.

During HACK THE CITY, members of the public will be invited to participate in a flashmob, the documentation of which will be included within the exhibition as a series of photos, film footage and a map. 

BIO: Eilis Murphy is a multidisciplinary artist who uses a combination of old and new media to create art. Mapping plays a central role in her work, providing a method/device to explore people’s interactions, memories and relationship with specific spaces within a community. Working from this base, her practice examines hidden narratives, power structures or values that underpin and meld together a locality or community. Her work has been exhibited in Ireland and internationally.

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UNCOMMON LAND — WHERE PUBLIC IS PRIVATE