At what point will common sense prevail

Garrett Phelan

At what point will common sense prevail was curated by René Zechlin and commissioned by the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, as part of its Projects programme.

At what point will common sense prevail by Garrett Phelan is a project that can be situated in galleries or can be broadcast on FM radio stations. The project is also located online at . The online version of the project consists of 26 sound works which are presented for a 5 year period on the dedicated website. Garrett Phelan generated a script for each of the 26 sound pieces by instigating and contributing to online forums, ranging from forums on physics to forums on religion. Instigating topics such as "Commitment to truth", "Youth isn't a defence" or "Change is our only Commonality", the subsequent responses and discussions were later edited into scripts. Half of these scripts were then translated into different languages such as French, Italian, Chinese and Kirundi, and recordings then made of native speakers reading the script in their own language. Based on these initial recordings, each participant was recorded a second time listening to their own voice in the first recording, repeating the words in real time. The result of this elaborate process is 26 "regurgitated monologues". A drawing portrait of each of the participants was produced during the recording of each sound work.

Here with the recordings, the drawings form an archive, part’s of which will be presented in different formats such as installations, performances or radio broadcasts throughout the 5 year period. The principle aim of the project is to explore the personal, subjective assimilations of information, and the ways that all society creates its values and notions of 'common sense'. Phelan approaches these complex subjects, touching on different disciplines such as Psychology, Politics, Ethics and Philosophy.

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