TransActions Publication

TransActions Publication

TransActions is a socially engaged arts newspaper and dialogue. Artists and Educators Jim Duignan (Chicago) and Fiona Whelan (NCAD Dublin) present a series of perspectives on ethics, the city, aesthetics, labor, education and art through the questions around socially engaged arts between their communities within Chicago and Dublin. Through the form of generated and collected conversations with their communities and transcriptions and distribution of a newspaper, the publication draws on the writings, drawings, photographs, maps, prints, letters, essays, lessons, descriptions and ideas of youth, artists, educators, collectives and folks in a wide range of fields.

Visit the website: www.transactionspublication.com

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The newspaper is large broadsheet format. Once flipped, it reads from both directions—Dublin from one end and Chicago starting from the other with the content from each city meeting in the middle. On the Dublin side, the main text is in blue, and images are monotone red. The colors switch for the Chicago side.

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Forward, Together Forward Memorial

Forward, Together Forward Memorial

Approx. 8’x12’ Projected Stories on Sheer Sheets, 2013

On February 14, 2008 at Northern Illinois University, a former student opened gunfire on a lecture hall, killing five, injuring over thirty, and rocking an entire community. As a student on campus that day, I have my story, as do others. Yet, our stories are not usually aggregated, shared, or combined; through sharing our memories, we can process them individually. Collaborative storytelling allows us to put these stories together, forming an overall shape, without losing the texture of each individual narrative.

The properties of projected light on sheer screens evoke a spirit of solemnity and catharsis—a safe place to face a difficult subject. This collective begins to take a readable form, creating not only a public record, but a pulpit—shining light on greater issues of gun violence through the lens of human experience.

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