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Bloomer & Keogh present

Bin Boat – Resurrection

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Bloomer & Keogh present

Bin Boat - Resurrection

Nicholas Keogh (b. 1977) has represented Northern Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2005 and the Republic of Ireland at Experience Pommery #5 L’art en Europe in 2008. His film ‘A Removals Job’ 2012, commissioned by the MAC Belfast, received a Special Commendation at the Cork Film Festival, its screenings to-date include the White Chapel Gallery, London and Encounters Film Festival, Bristol; Union Docs, New York. Another production FLAMIN has toured China and Japan. His 2015 film ‘Introducing Brian’ has been included in the official selection of Raindance London Shorts Film Festival and the best of Irish program Cork Film Festival. His first feature film ‘The Best Ratter in Ireland’ is currently in production.

Paddy Bloomer is an artist, inventor, explorer and plumber based in Belfast. Bloomer studied fine and applied art at University of Ulster, Belfast, 2000 and 2015, and has exhibited extensively in Ireland and abroad including: First we eat, Catalyst arts, Belfast, Ireland, 2020; Radical Arcadia, Zaratan, Lisbon, Portugal, 2019; Virtual Reality Kayak, Douglas Hyde, Dublin, Ireland, 2018; Fountain, Odonien, Cologne, Germany, 2017; Personal Deployable Cranog, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Ireland, 2017; Meat Clunk, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, 2015; Vstop prost / Admission free, Celje, Slovenia, 2010; L’art en Europe, Domaine Pomery, Rheims, France,  2008*; Anticipation, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, 2006*; The nature of things, Northern Ireland at Venice, 2005*; EV+A, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, 2003*. Working extensively in the public realm Bloomer’s public art and outreach commissions include: Hope it rains, Gaol river, Galway, Ireland, 2020; 1st International Public art Symposium, Waste to Art Museum, Bhubaneswar, India, 2018; Village works, Ballykinler, with PS2, Ireland, 2011. Bloomer has been a regular contributor to the Vacuum free news paper in Belfast, 2003 – 2011.

*in Collaboration with Nicholas Keogh

These two close friends have embarked on many adventures together and trusted each other with their lives on many occasions, since their first art collaboration in 2001 – a life sized mechanical Walking Cow. This was the start of many life threatening collaborations, including Sewer Disco Lisbon which was de- installed by the Portuguese bomb squad after tired residents could no longer put up with their toilets playing Belinda Carlisle and Japanese Euro beat. In 2004 they were asked by curator Hugh Mulholland to take part in Northern Ireland’s first participation in the Venice Biennale. The two friends then built the two berth, inboard engine, steel hulled, bin disco boat in six months, one of them working days, the other working nights and went on a seven week adventure of the busy and turbulent Venice water ways. Quite soon into the trip they started to have a lot of problems with  police, had to drop anchor and the adventure seemed to be over. Then with the help of their mentor Martin Carter, they made friends with an influential Venetian family who made the police go away and who kindly officially licensed and registered the boat to Venice.  For the rest of their stay they had free access of Venice waterways, ran an after-hours taxi service, did airport runs and explored the many islands in the laguna, including Dead Priest island where Paddy was attacked by barn owls. The boat had a huge sound system and they were joined on it by musicians including Torsten Lachman, Barry Cullen and David Holmes. The boat was then on the Irish water ways for seven years. For years now it has been lying derelict and unloved and this installation on Gartan lake, in homage to Colmcille, is the bin boat’s last outing before it becomes a hen house. In the future they intend to publish the Captain’s log which documents the ups and downs of the trip, a case of cabin fever and a bout of wind madness.

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