Last weekend (as part of The Headless City, the TULCA 2016 Festival of Visual Arts in Galway, Ireland) artists Loitering Theatre filmed anti-war activist Margaretta D’Arcy in the moments shortly after her spaceship’s emergency crash landing on Silverstrand beach in the west of Ireland. HERE
D’Arcy had been travelling into the future on a mission to ascertain the results of the forthcoming U.S. election, when the time calibration failed on her ship.
In a scene eerily reminiscent of the final scene in 1968 sci-fi blockbuster Planet of the Apes, D’Arcy disembarked from her spaceship to find herself in a post-apocalyptic nightmare.
While D’Arcy looked on at the giant half-buried remains of the Statue of Liberty in the sand, other Irish citizens seemed oblivious as they continued to walk dogs and play with their children on the beach.
D’Arcy herself appeared unscathed after her brave mission. Commenting on the forthcoming US election D’Arcy said:
“War is terrorism with a big budget.
Let no one build walls to divide us, walls of hatred nor walls of stone. Come greet the dawn and stand beside us, we’ll live together or we’ll die alone. In our world poisoned by exploitation, those who have taken, now they must give! And end the vanity of nations, we’ve but one Earth on which to live”
Loitering Theatre and D’Arcy have named the sci-fi film Heston’s Folly after Planet of the Apes star Charlton “from my cold dead hands” Heston.
Speaking about their new sci-fi blockbuster Loitering Theatre said : “As we approach the time of reckoning in the U.S. elections, we are delighted to have the opportunity to capture on film such a significant moment from the Irish/U.S. dystopian future”
Loitering Theatre www.loiteringtheatre.org are Dublin and London based artists Caroline Campbell & Nina McGowan. Loitering Theatre’s previous work has received mention by the New York Times, Vice Magazine, Rolling Stone, Wired Magazine and Irish media both on and offline. It has also been covered by hacker group Anonymous and been the subject of censorship by the Irish police.
Margaretta D’Arcy (born 1934) is an Irish actress, writer, playwright, and peace-activist. Margaretta is a member of honorary Irish arts body Aosdana and is known for addressing Irish nationalism, civil liberties and women’s rights in her work. In 2014, she was imprisoned after she refused to sign a bond saying that she wouldn’t trespass on non-public parts of Shannon Airport in Ireland. Her arrest was a consequence of trespassing on airport property during protests over United States military stopovers at Shannon Airport.
The TULCA 2016 Festival of Visual Arts, The Headless City, has been curated by London-born, Belfast-based artist and writer Daniel Jewesbury. The festival runs from the 5th to the 20th of November and includes shows at the Festival Venue at the Fairgreen Road, Galway Arts Centre, Nun’s Island Theatre, 126 Artist-Run Gallery, Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa Barracks and Galway City Library. Further information on exhibitions, online projects and events at tulcafestival.com and @tulcafestival