Can public art ever serve peace and reconciliation?

Gonzo highlighted Malachi O’Doherty’s excellent online sound archive Arts Talk on Saturday… I’d reiterate his recommendation of the O’Searcaigh interview, not least because it provides an insight into the ways film makers can cut film in ways that tell a story quite different to the one they thought they were involved in. But it’s his latest, an interview with the artist Sean Hillen who was involved developing in the Omagh bomb memorial that’s worth listening to. It’s no exaggeration to say the man was scared by the experience of working with a huge committee of people all with conflicting concerns. Whilst not embarrassed by the result; he believes that art requires a more private relationship with the commissioning body. So in a year when a day of remembrance passed with little public recognition does that mean that the Troubles as they stand can only continue to be remembered separately in different ways by the various communities?

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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