fail 2016 means succeed 2016

fail 2016 means succeed 2016

To create you have to fail, fail 2016 means succeed 2016!

To create you have to fail. This is 2016. Fail 2016 means succeed 2016?

Time to create the uncreated. To create you have to fail. I set out to fail really well this year … and here are some of the ways I am going to do it. I set out to succeed: the ways I intend to do that are exactly the same.

This post is a perfect example! I put it up last night and then it disappeared! So fail spectacularly because you’re taking risks. And maybe you’ll succeed.

Here are some of the ways you’ll be able to watch me failing:


An electro group I’ve been playing with for nearly a year with Gabriel Guerin and Mathieu Autin. Live shows coming so watch this space!


“There’s No Devils at All, it’s Just the System” the third album by Zarboth and where I am a special guest came out on Friday the 13th November 2015. Yes, that Friday. Its weird in -your -face rock will be playing around France and the universe. The album artwork is by yours truly.

Zarboth website

Voices from the Other Side

Speaking of artwork, I will bring together my drawings in a small pocket sized book. You will be able to walk around with this book in your possession. The form for acquiring it has to be defined. A perfomance, a conference, a meeting? You can see the kind of images that it will contain here:

Macdara Smith on Instagram

Welcome to my Studio*

Finally my main resolution : post every week observations and notes about my creative activity on this website. In other words you will be able to come into my studio* and the non-stop party that this is my life. This will be to allow you all to create your own work, to have a laugh, to sigh, to get jealous (maybe) but most of all it will make you want to make you do your own stuff.

I’ll share links to other sites that have similar approaches.

*studio : a sketchpad, the corner of a table, the back of a cardboard box… whatever I have to hand.

Fail better, fail often

I’ll think of some other ways to try failing. And I’ll tell you about it very quickly…




Samhain at CCI : Hallowe’en Night

samhain flyer Dans la mythologie celtique irlandaise, « Samhain » marque l’arrivée de la saison sombre ; c’est une célébration de la Mort au cours de laquelle les fées, les gnomes et les morts peuvent revenir dans le monde des vivants.
Venez le fêter avec nous au Centre Culturel Irlandais. Venez déguisé, non seulement il y a des prix mais en plus vous serez protégé contre les esprits maléfiques et malfaisants…
Reservez ici:
Reserve your place here

Des boissons (du sang), des jeux, de la musique, des contes par l’excellent conteur irlandais Eddie Lenihan, conference degringolant de Macdara Smith et cris d’angoisse de June McGrane et le groupe free rock Underpressure ainsi que d’autres artistes…
Toute personne venant recevra aussi une fanzine concocté par Macdara Smith contenant des copies de ses dessins et quelques explications sur comment bien fêter Halloween.

If you’re in Paris for Halloween I’ll be hosting an evening in the Centre Culturel Irlandais. You need to get dressed up in your best zombie/ vampire/ horror attire. Not only will there be prizes but also you will be protected from any evil spirits or tricksters. At worst if you’re not protected nobody will recognise you if you’re in fancy dress…

Reserve your place here

Also included in your price is a special fanzine designed by yours truly with drawings by me and some special notes on how to celebrate Halloween… Mwuah mwuah hah…


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"I work in real estate"
“I work in real estate”

On the 31st of October 2015, there will be a special evening in the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. It is Samhain, the beginning of winter for the Celts, when the ground opens and the spirits from the other side walk amongst the living. Come and celebrate Halloween with us. Safety in numbers. There will be performance, music with Underpressure and June McGrane, strange rituals, games and great storytelling by Eddie Lenihan, one of Ireland’s greatest seanchais. You can reserve your place here: Samhain at the CCI

I will explain the inspiration behind my Voices From The Other Side series.
In the run up and the preparation for the evening I am involved in Drawloween, where I will be publishing a Halloween drawing on my Instagram account everyday.

Come play with us for ever, and ever, and ever…