Wednesday, December 2nd 2020
9pm Ireland / 4pm NYC
presented with The Consulate General of Ireland in New York

The Extraordinary Sound of a Silent New York: Part 01

Two conversations exploring the experience of a New York City stopped and silenced by the coronavirus pandemic | Rich Gilligan in conversation with Donal Dineen

The Extraordinary Sound of a Silent New York : A quietened, frightened, determined, cavernous, beautiful place.

I.NY presents two conversations exploring the experience of a New York City stopped and silenced by the coronavirus pandemic, from the perspective of Irish & American artists, authors, musicians, photographers, film-makers and architects. Part 1 features the photography of Rich Gilligan, and welcomes him in conversation with broadcaster and filmmaker Donal Dineen, while Part 2 features a gathering of esteemed and diverse artists in conversation, including Jean Butler, Shelley McNamara, Catherine Owens & Colum McCann.

None of us could have imagined that we would see a city such as New York stopped, emptied, quietened, but the coronavirus caused that extraordinary happening. Based in Brooklyn since 2015, Rich Gilligan and his young family had moved to Upstate New York in the months prior to the pandemic’s arrival in the city. With an international schedule suddenly paused, Rich and his wife, Irish designer Petria Lenehan, had new time with their young daughters and their new surroundings. Donal Dineen talks through that experience with him, with a selection of the photos that documented it.

Rich Gilligan

Rich Gilligan is a photographer working in Dublin, London and New York. Having grown up in Dublin, fascinated with skateboarding and music, he began making his own zines as a teenager and worked as a skate photographer for a variety of publications worldwide. He now shoots a wide range of commissioned projects while continuing to pursue his personal work. Rich is currently based in New York, where he works with and for clients including The New York Times, Adidas, H&M, The New Yorker, Carhartt WIP, Fjallraven, Vans, Domino Records, Rough Trade and DFA.


Donal Dineen

A musical pioneer since his early days as the presenter of No Disco (RTE) in the nineties, through to his long-running late night radio show The Small Hours (Today FM), and his recent series Radio Activity for RTE 2XM/2FM, Donal Dineen has always used his discerning ear to seek out, listen to and encourage experimental music in all genres. As a curator, Dineen has worked on several musical series, most significantly A Month of Sundays and Fresh Air which both profiled new Irish soundmakers live and on-air. He is also a photographer and filmmaker, and brings that sensibility to this rare conversation.


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