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My Cultural Life: Joseph Young

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Joseph Young, 2019. Picture by Joel Fides; courtesy of a-n The Artists Information Company

Joseph Young, 2019. Picture by Joel Fides; courtesy of a-n The Artists Information Company

Joseph Young, 2019. Picture by Joel Fides; courtesy of a-n The Artists Information Company

Binaural sound artist Joseph Young divides his time between Brighton, Berlin and Dublin. He is currently artist in residence at Kilruddery House, Co Wicklow, where he has launched a new, immersive sound trail ‘The Ancestors’.

BOOK: Colin Sterling

I’m in my final year of a practice-led PhD investigating the archives of Killruddery House at SMARTlab UCD, so I don’t really have much time to read for pleasure! Anyone who’s done a PhD will know what I mean...

That said I’m really loving a lot of the articles I’ve found recently around the subject of ‘Critical Heritage’, particularly those by Colin Sterling. Does that make me really boring?

TV: Better Call Saul

Even though I don’t have much time to read for pleasure, I do wind down at the end of the day with some good TV. I’ve been enjoying the new series of Danish political thriller Borgen and the latest series of Better Call Saul – both of which I’m delighted about as I thought they had finished long ago. You can’t beat a good Scandi thriller, while ‘Saul’ is just one of the best and funniest antiheroes on TV.

Also gotta love Two Doors Down, a Scottish sitcom about dysfunctional neighbours. So cringe-making it’s uncomfortable.

MUSIC: Bandcamp bits

I buy a fair bit of independent music from Bandcamp, especially vinyl and cassettes, and I really love anything on the Touch label, which is celebrating its 40th year. Also Dublin-based Farpoint Recordings, who released a fantastic Ukraine fundraiser recently, entitled Artists for Peace (spoiler alert: I contributed a track to the album).

My favourite podcast of all time is Framework presented by Irish-American Patrick McGinley, who lives in Estonia and hosts a weekly round-up of international field recordings – over 800 episodes and counting.

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EVENT: Berlin Biennale

I’m really looking forward to the Berlin Biennale this summer [until September 18]. I spend a lot of time in Berlin and it’s great to be able to see such a range of interesting work in one capital.

As an artist you’re always looking for inspiration, both to keep on top of the latest developments in your field and to understand the cultural zeitgeist.


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