What Does He Need? audio piece
Written by Fiona Whelan and Brokentalkers
Sound Design by Denis Clohessy
Performed by Feidlim Cannon
Copyright Fiona Whelan and Brokentalkers, 2021
The What Does He Need? audio piece was launched in the summer of 2021, accessed via a QR code on the What Does He Need? public posters presented throughout Dublin city. While this 30 minute audio could be listened to anywhere, the artists invited the public to listen to the piece while walking or seated outdoors in their own local area, connecting the narrative of the audio with the listeners’ own lived experiences and observations.The audio was later included in the Pallas Periodical 11 exhibition, curated by Sheena Barrett, Alice Butler, Mark Cullen, Gavin Murphy. From March-May 2022, the audio was re-presented as part of the What Does He Need? exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). During a residency at IMMA, the audio also became a central component of a dynamic workshop developed by Fiona Whelan and Brokentalkers, which sees groups explore and respond to the themes of the piece through conversation and writing exercises.