Travelogue: Dublin City Council, Fingal, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown and South Dublin County Councils
Travelogue was commissioned by the National Transport Authority in partnership with Dublin City Council, Fingal, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown and South Dublin County Councils.
Travelogue was a multi-dimensional temporary public artwork which celebrated the human drama which is played out on the public transport system in Dublin every day. It also honoured the behind-the-scenes complexity and commitment required to keep people moving across the city.
To explore the small, undocumented tales of the daily commute, artist Theresa Nanigian embarked on a series of “residencies” across all service providers – Dublin Bus, Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann, Luas, taxis and Dublin Bikes – collecting travel stories and gathering data. The stories that emerged from this nine-month investigation were heartwarming, poignant and often hilarious; the quiet confessions told to taxi drivers from the back seat of the cab, stories of lost luggage and lost souls, small acts of charity and heroic gestures of empathy. Travelogue was a demonstration of the wit and humanity of the people of Dublin as they travel around the capital city.
Participants’ texts were installed as large posters and posted across all forms of public transport in Dublin during the first two weeks of May 2012 – on trains, trams and buses and at stations, bus stops and waiting points.
The artwork also comprised a highly dynamic website: www.travelogue.ie