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The Ineluctable Modality of the Visible

Mural & AR Public Art project

Szombathely, Hungary

Commissioned by Project Art Centre, The City of Szombathely and the Irish Government, Department of Foreign Affairs.

100th Anniversary of the Publishing of James Joyce's Ulysses


The mural is inspired by the third Chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses and based on a 17th Century Etching of the Greek god Proteus by Erasmus Finx. I chose Proteus a multiform, intersex, trans / non-binary protagonist that is a direct reference to the legacy of antiquity that is subtly present all around the city of Szombathely. The figure references the in-between state of a being transforming and yet simultaneously being both many and one thing, a journey of self discovery. I have taken inspiration from the text of the stream of consciousness that Stephen Dedalus conveys in the chapter, both the form of his narration of thought, while simultaneously the manifestation of being Stephen as a nod to Telemachus ( The Odyssey), and James Joyce’s alter ego. The Mural, too takes multi-form;transforming and mutating through experimental and cutting edge moving image and Augmented Reality (AR). The work is both visible as one form or modality and yet invisible and revealed in another.

The AR element will go live on the 16.06.22 for Bloomsday.

The project was commissioned by

Project Art Centre, Dublin

The Department of Foreign Affairs, The Irish Embassy to Hungary & The Government of Ireland

The City of Szombathely, 
Szombathely Museum of Contemporary Art

Mural Project Organiser Istvan Santo

Curators: Sara Greavu, Lívia Paldi & Júlia Salmon

Project Managed by: Cian O Brien & Orla Maloney, Project Art Centre

For Bloomsday Szombathely with Szombathelyi Képtár Murális Műhely és Symposion / MURAL Workshop + Symposion Prieger Szabolcs Panna Prieger Szombathely 


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