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Eoin Mc Hugh

In his 1920 essay, ‘Beyond the Pleasure Principle’, Freud recounts the details of a game played by his infant grandson. Though close to his mother, the child rarely complained when left alone and instead played contentedly with his toys. One such toy was a spool tied with string, which he would throw out of sigh, uttering a drawn-out ‘o-o-o-o’ sound, which the family understood as ‘fort’, the German for gone. He would then quickly reel the spool back in, crying out ‘da!’ – there – as it came back into view. In this game Freud saw a disturbing compulsion that was linked to the early recognition of separate internal and external worlds.

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Deirdre O'Mahony
The Quickening

The Douglas Hyde Gallery of Contemporary Art announces The Quickening, a powerful new artwork by ground-breaking artist Deirdre O’Mahony. Bringing together urgent conversations, original music and moving image, The Quickening responds to issues facing farming, food production and consumption, in the face of present ecological and climate crises. A nationwide project, the culmination of over […]

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