Stoneybatter River Walks

•November 28, 2012 • Leave a Comment
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The Joinery Graduate Residency series: Experiments in Sound 30th Oct – 18th Nov

•November 8, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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The Joinery Graduate Residency series: Experiments in Sound.
Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty.

Co-curated by David Stalling, Anthony Kelly and Miranda Driscoll.

During this residency, Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty will investigate two of Dublin’s underground rivers: the Oxmantown Stream and the River Bradoge. Two related pieces will explore the concept of resonant events being recorded and subsequently replayed near areas of water, using different methods of subtitling to mediate between the city’s hidden streams and the audience. Subtitles will function as a potentially unreliable narrator in two different incarnations: aural and visual. Moriarty and Clinton will endeavour to resurrect the submerged and muted rivers, conducting an intimate tour along these secret waterways. The aural subtitles of the walk will be complemented by an installation in the Joinery that will use visual cues to translate formless sounds; a kind of inverted silent film. The two works will connect the gallery and the city and emphasise the physical and historical depth of place through evocative sound. Subtitles become a narrative stream of consciousness, emphasizing the silence of the buried rivers.

“Up through the wather your secret rises;
The stones won’t keep it, and it lifts the mould,
An’ it tracks your footsteps, and yoar fun surprises
An’ it sits at the fire beside you black and cowld”

– Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard

Night Walks Thursday 15 November: 6.30pm and again at 7pm
Day Walks Sunday 18th November 1pm and again at 1.30pm
The walk is approx 1hr15min.

GASP AT END at Darklight Festival 2012

•August 15, 2012 • Leave a Comment

ImageGASP AT END, made in collaboration with Niamh Moriarty, will screen as part of Darklight’s LOFI VFX Shorts Programme. http://www.darklight.ie/festival-2012/short-films/lofi-vfx-shorts/

Friday Aug 24 18:00 | The Factory

The POW | Solaria | Not of This Earth | Penumbra 3 | Gasp at End | Shift

Prelude to Nothing

•April 26, 2012 • Leave a Comment

A Tomb in its Silence (made in collaboration with Niamh Moriarty)

Photo by Andreas Kindler von Knobloch

A Tomb in its Silence (text)

 

Prelude to Nothing
Selected and devised works to mark a moment of finality

Kevin Atherton, Cormac Browne, Ruth Clinton, Brian Conniffe, Kevin A. Freeney, Kevin Kirwan, Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, Niamh Moriarty, Áine Stapleton, Suzanne Walsh, Tom Watt and Lee Welch

With accompanying text by Patricia Garcia and Tracy Hanna

Curated by David Fagan

29th of April 10.30pm – 2.15am
The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1

Spaces for this event are very limited.

****Please RSVP to preludetonothing@gmail.com****

Prelude to Nothing is a live event to mark the final hours before transmission of analogue satellite television channels to Europe will cease. The analogue satellite system is one which connected the planet with real-time audio and video. As time and technology has moved on, analogue satellite television has spent years in a limbo of sorts; a slow atrophic demise with an indefinite endpoint. Finally at 2am, at the end of our event, we will watch it slip away.

All satellite signals were once analogue; FM radio waves carrying audio and video 30,000 miles into space and back to earth. Information was sent, quicker and to more people. The thirst for connection to more of the world, which analogue satellite made possible, is ironically also the reason for the system’s demise. Satellite technology is now digitizing: television is chopped into ones and zeros, sent and reassembled in your home. Digital satellite television hosts more and varied information, is cheaper and ultimately has rendered the use of analogue quaint.

From its inception this technology was linked to a sense of the ‘nation state’, what it stands for and its connection to the international. Its history is punctuated by epic moments which seemingly shrank the globe. Our World in 1967 was the first global live television programme; 14 countries took the opportunity to showcase their cultural and scientific achievements to an unprecedented audience of 700 million viewers. On New Year’s Eve 1984, Nam June Paik created Good morning Mr Orwell, a ‘global variety show’, which saw live collaborations between artists in Seattle, New York and Paris. Events like these showed the awesome power of analogue satellite signals. The abandonment of analogue suggests a certain passivity in our relationship to technology, allowing situations to arise where a system can be simultaneously fully functional yet completely discarded.

When the end of analogue satellite broadcasting comes, the television set is to be the site of its death. Usually the site of content such as film and sport, which evoke a first person experience of narrative or events, the television is anthropomorphised and experienced in the third person. The set and the system become the ill-fated protagonist whose passing is witnessed by those present. For most of us, mortality is an unstable entity; we have little control over how and where we will cease to exist. We have, however, control and power over how we mark the death of others in time. The certainty of rituals such as funerals, wakes and vigils structure and therefore empower our relationship to death. Prelude to Nothing is such an event.

We will listen to music, we will watch dance and we will hear and see performance. We will watch television pictures delivered by analogue satellites signals until, when the time comes at 2AM, an arbitrary event out of our control will end our time together.

‘If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not.’ – Epicurus

This event is generously supported by The LAB and Dublin City Council Arts Office.

 

Writing

•March 13, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Review of Ciarán Walsh’s ‘this brief visual pattern’ at Pallas Projects, Dublin, 2011

A Response to Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’, 2011

This response to “The Clock” is in the form of a voice-over made from fragments of other voice-overs from various films. It seeks to inhabit the work by becoming a mimetic commentary on, and an imagined narration by, “The Clock” itself. This text was originally performed as a slide show for a class presentation.

‘Cosmic Scrabble Drawing (after Mondrian)’ or ‘Auto-antonymic floor design’, 2012

A description of an auto-antonymic game of cosmic scrabble

Eulogy from ‘A Tomb (in its Silence), made in collaboration with Niamh Moriarty for David Fagan’s Prelude to Nothing

a two minute silence

Give up the Ghost, Pallas Projects 19/01/12—28/01/12: Poison Eagle Sacrifice

•February 3, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Installation shots of ‘Poison Eagle Sacrifice’, a short video made in collaboration with Niamh Moriarty

GASP AT END

•January 17, 2012 • Leave a Comment

New video work made in collaboration with Niamh Moriarty (as Lorn Cat Minority). Showing at Days on End Sonic Arts Festival in Cork, 10th  Feb 2012. See http://daysonendfest2011.tumblr.com/