McCullough Mulvin Orange was a site-specific art project that took place across five venues in Dublin from September 22nd to October 14th, 2017. The exhibition featured a series of new works by artist Mark Orange, produced in collaboration with architect Niall McCullough of the Dublin practice McCullough Mulvin Architects.

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The works were installed at some of the major central Dublin buildings designed by McCullough Mulvin over the past 20 years—including Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, The Long Room Hub and Ussher Library at Trinity College, and the Irish Architecture Foundation—returning Niall McCullough to his practice's buildings as subject and protagonist in a suite of minor key interventions.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios featured Interview with NIXLL MCXULXOUGH, an audio installation centred around the building's atrium space that played on the form of a radio documentary, taking as its starting point an interview between the artist and architect recorded at the building in May 2017. The TBG+S building, when it reopened in 1994, was one of McCullough Mulvin's first major completed projects.

Trinity Long Room Hub hosted Architecture & Motility, a four-channel audio piece based on a series of recordings of Niall McCullough's digestion sounds. The work replayed for the duration of the exhibition through speakers located on the ground floor and second floor levels of McCullough Mulvin's iconic building on Trinity's Fellows' Square.

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The Fountainhead, a video work shot at the Ussher Library at Trinity College, restaged the final scene of Ayn Rand's infamous novel (with Niall McCullough adopting the role of architect Howard Roark); the piece was on view for the duration of the exhibition inserted in between regular programming on the digital information screens throughout the Ussher, Berkeley, and Lecky Libraries at Trinity College.

The Fountainhead was also on view in the ground floor theatre space at the Irish Architecture Foundation's new McCullough Mulvin designed headquarters on Bachelors Walk; and in the upstairs gallery space at the IAF, Ref: Demolition Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, a 2010 text and image work, was exhibited as an entry point of sorts to the project.

Finally, in the little cube window built into the fa├žade of 1 South Leinster Street (McCullough Mulvin's 'Square Root' store front): Interview With An Architect, Encased—a golden disc encoded with an interview with Niall McCullough explaining the architecture of the building and the Dublin Dental Hospital Extension on the floors above.

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McCullough Mulvin Orange was accompanied by the publication of a free map and guide to the project, with an essay by Jill Stoner, which was available at each of the venues and throughout Dublin. A number of special events were programmed alongside the exhibition, including a walking tour and introduction to the work by the artist, and a public discussion between Mark Orange and Niall McCullough hosted by Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute.

McCullough Mulvin Orange was supported by project awards from the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council, and was produced in collaboration with partner organisations Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, and the Irish Architecture Foundation.

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