March 15, 2007 - Irish Museum of Modern Art - Garrett Phelan: Trusted Servant in .all Hawaii eNtrees/luNar reggae
March 15, 2007

Garrett Phelan: Trusted Servant in .all Hawaii eNtrees/luNar reggae

Garrett Phelan
Trusted Servant

all Hawaii eNtrees/luNar reggae
Irish Museum of Modern Art

.all Hawaii eNtrees/luNar reGGae was a group exhibition curated by artist Philippe Parreno and Rachael Thomas (Senior Curator: Head of Exhibitions, IMMA) at the Irish Museum of Modern Art from 29 November to 18 February, 2007. More than twenty artists, writers and thinkers were invited to participate in this project that focused on the notion of process. Parrenos approach was to go beyond the real/physical space of the museum and as a part of this process Garrett Phelan has been invited and entrusted by the curators to close this exhibition with his project Trusted Servant.

On the 19th February, 2007 (the gallery closing date of .all Hawaii eNtrees/luNar reggae), Phelan uploaded the video performance work entitled Trusted Servant, 2007 onto YouTube, a popular free video sharing website which lets users upload, view, and share video clips – a sub-cultural web endemic that has quickly become an unregulated virtual institution.

Primarily known for radio, video, drawing and alternative projects, in this instance Phelan becomes the gatekeeper of .all Hawaii eNtrees/luNar reGGae. Trusted Servant documents an automated and manic performance of Phelan repeating pre-recorded broadcasts from his MP3 player, which have been compiled and edited from media sources shortwave and longwave radio, cable link, newspaper articles and webcasts.

His working standpoint, calls into question the mainstream methods of endless ingestion of information and communication that influence the formations of our opinions in this dont stop age. The removal of Trusted Servant from YouTube at Phelans conceptual discretion will mark the official end of .all Hawaii eNtrees/luNar reggae.

To view Trusted Servant please go to

.all Hawaii eNtrees/luNar reGGae includes: Bas Jan Ader, Doug Aitken, Carles Congost, Keren Cytter, Thomas Demand, Cory Doctorow, Peter Fischli/ David Weiss, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez- Foerster, Douglas Gordon, Carsten Höller, Jim Lambie, Sarah Lucas, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, Sarah Morris, Grant Morrison, Jorge Pardo, Philippe Parreno, Paola Pivi, Eva Rothschild, Anri Sala, Rirkrit Tirvanija, Kurt Vonnegut, Cerith Wyn Evans, with lectures by Shumon Basar and David Deutsch.

copyright Garrett Phelan.

For further information please contact Nicola Lees, Assistant Curator: New Galleries, at the Irish Museum of Modern Art on or 353 1612 9927

A limited edition from .all Hawaii eNtrees/luNar reGGae entitled Nails Sewer Legs, 2006, by Philippe Parreno and Liam Gillick is available. Please contact for further information. Please go to for images.

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