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This week sees my exhibition moving down to The Workmans Club on Wellington Quay in Dublin. The Workmans is a recently opened music venue, right beside the Clarence Hotel. It’s a fabulous 160-year old building and before becoming a music venue, had a run of over 100 years as the original Dublin Workingmen’s club. They’ve done a great job of refurbishing it, keeping loads of original features intact, and as well as having an excellent live band room, it has a really nice upstairs bar with big windows looking out over the river Liffey. I’ve been talking to Karl and Karen at the Workmans for a while now about having the exhibition on display in this space and I’m really excited about it finally happening. It’s entirely fitting that the photographs should be on display in a music venue. The upstairs bar, where the exhibition will be, is open to the public each night of the week (though usually not on a Monday) from around 5pm onwards until late. So, this is one for the nightowls. (more…)

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Roland Barthes

This essay is a classic semiotic text where Roland Barthes analyses an advertising image and uses it as a means of teasing out how different messages are conveyed by a system of signs. The ad he uses is the Panzani advert, within which he finds a rich layering of meanings.

Barthes commences by remarking that the word image stems from a Latin term meaning ‘imitation’ and then poses the central question of his essay – can images truly function of conveyers of meaning given that they are essentially imitations (or direct analogical representations) of something else. Do they really constitute a language, and if they do, how does meaning work within this language? He uses an advertising image to analyze these questions, as advertising images clearly have intended meanings. The image used is the Panzani ad which is reproduced below.

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