‘Stevedoring Stories is an audio-visual artwork which was first exhibited at CHQ on George’s Dock in the heart of Dublin Docklands as part of Tall Ships 2012. In the immensity of the globalised space of the docklands, despite its international nature, the stevedores and dockworkers still exist as a small and intimate community which has witnessed and can recall through oral history the rich tapestry of an area and life that remains relatively unknown territory for Dubliners. ‘Stevedoring Stories’ brings to life the experiences of generations of Dublin dockworkers and stevedores through photography, HD video, story and soundscape. The world of the Dublin docks is recalled through oral history as ‘a world of masts, funnels, towering cranes, barges, carts, horses…a hundred sounds becoming a symphony of dockland’; in this multi-textured artwork of ‘Stevedoring Stories’, Sweeney creates an artistic space which evokes a fascinating contemporary symphonic experience of that little-known world.
‘Stevedoring Stories’ was produced with the support of Tall Ships 2012, Dublin Port Company and the School of Media, DIT.