Tourism is a curious thing. It promises escape, endless horizons, sublime experiences. Yet it establishes a territory governed by a hierarchy of signs and linear trajectories, rules and regulations, terms and conditions, producing a commodity to be consumed in the prescribed way, time and space. The promise of authenticity and craic dissipates into a mere simulation of collectivity with an expiry date and a price-tag attached. By exploring Ireland's Featured Attractions, I move beyond this sombre vision of leisure as inevitably embedded in the state structure and draw attention to tourism as a flash-mob of sorts: ephemeral constellations of disparate bodies, all drawn together by forces of attraction, ready to go away from the flock into uncertain territories.
Sylwia Bialoblocka • Oksana Bondarenko • Aoife Drum-Towell • Gráinne Duffy • Sadhbh Garvey • Julia Gelezova • David Kennedy • Malene Lange • Mari Lauvheim • Ingvild Melberg-Eikeland • Pamela O'Donnell • Barry O'Sullivan • Sarah Townsend • Anna Zielenkiewicz •