NEW OBSESSIVE WALKING TOUR A SUCCESS!
(Above) GERMAN U-BOAT DOCKED PROCEEDS TO DOCK AT THE QUAYS IN DUBLIN (1939)
The first ever New Obsessive city tour took place in Dublin this Saturday. The tour was operated in conjunction with Gary Farrelly's exhibition All roads lead to Neustern which is currently on public show at Galerie Modonov. Taking the gallery as a starting point, Farrelly guided an enthusiastic group of more than 40 spectators around previously unknown points of historical interest in the Irish capital.The New Obsessive tour was the result of many months of applied research, was free of charge and was approximately 90 minutes in duration. Though all who were on the tour thoroughly enjoyed it and found it profoundly educational, there were some who questioned the factual integrity of some aspects of the tour. Principal sites visited included:
The city brothel
Kim Jong Il's Dublin holiday home
The 1939 Nazi U-Boat landing site
Intervision suicide hotel
The Vlad the Impaler monument
Hydrogen bomb proof buildings
Farrelly maintains that these as well as all the other locations on his tour were completely credible and 'without excessive exaggeration' or fictionalization. One member of the tour group commented "I don't care if all the facts are true or not. I loved seeing Dublin through the artist's eyes for an afternoon. I loved the stories of cold war espionage, city center FEMA camps and cannibalism, It was a refreshing break from the usual grey mince".
Renata Muller, Dublin.