On your bike, there’s a new gang in town…

Exhibitions Involving Ormond 2014, Uncategorized

Great article about James O hAodha’s event for this years Bealtaine Festival, the Crank Set Bike Gang Rally

The Patchwork Quill

If you happened to stroll through Dublin’s Phoenix Park last Saturday afternoon, you may have found yourself a victim of the mischievous ‘Crank Set’.

Dozens of innocent passersby were accosted by a group that came from nowhere and took over the park on their bicycles. Clad in black bomber jackets emblazoned with their gang logo, they swooped on unsuspecting members of the public.

A far cry from the sophisticated sportsmen of the Giro d’Italia, these rowdy riders circled and chased people, sped down paths dragging sticks across railings, and created an unearthly racket wherever they went, thanks to playing cards jammed between the spokes of their wheels.

This surreal scene was actually the culmination of a unique art project forming part of the Bealtaine Festival, an all-island Irish festival which celebrates creativity as we age. 

Gang The Crank Set Bike Gang Rally. Photographer: Eoin Kirwan

The Crank Set is a bike gang…

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James Ó hAodha – Over 50’s Bicycle Gang

Exhibitions Involving Ormond 2014, Uncategorized

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Over 50’s Bicycle Gang is James Ó hAodha’s new collaborative project for Bealtaine 2014

Bealtaine Festival of creativity as we age is looking for interested participants to create an “Over 50s” Bicycle Gang, with artist James Ó hAodha. Marking the arrival of the Giro D’Italia bicycle race to Ireland, this creative project will bring a group of people together for a live event in Phoenix Park on Saturday May 10th.

Be part of this exclusive group, and work together to earn some ‘street-cred’! This event is brought to you by Dublin City Council and Age and Opportunity.

Participants will:

Take part in a series of group cycles and guided workshops
Explore aspects of urban cycling, communication and self-organisation
Meet new people and work together to create a visual identity for the gang.
Participate in an outdoor public event in Phoenix Park on Saturday May 10th as part of Bealtaine Festival
Explore the creativity of mischief-making, and what is seen as the antisocial side of adolescent gang culture
Work together on and test out a series of group actions and gestures in preparation for the event

Getting involved:
Free workshops will take place weekdays, from Wednesday 30th April – dates are flexible.
Bicycles can be provided if necessary.
Limited places available, so please register early to avoid disappointment!
For more information contact James at:
bikegangdublin@gmail.com
Artist James Ó hAodha
or call 087 9596 949