EVIDENCE 

A programme of performance and multimedia for the Create Networking Day for Collaborative Arts

NB: For Create members the event is free of charge.

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Evidence I: Making Visible

Ceara Conway with Able Women | Galway

Making Visible is a collaboration between Ceara Conway and a group of women asylum seekers based in Galway.

Making Visible is a socially engaged art project that aimed to highlight and make Visible the current Direct Provision system in Ireland and to bring to light the suffering of asylum seekers living within this system.

Drawing upon the old Irish tradition of ''Caoineadh'' a vocal lament associated with mourning, Ceara created a series of ritual performances that were informed by her time engaging with ''Able Women'', a group of women who are currently seeking asylum in Ireland.

In the series of performances each woman chose a lament and a location in Galway City that they wished to have it performed. The location and lament they chose was pertinent to a personal aspect of their experiences living within the direct provision service in Galway.

In Ireland it was traditional for the ''bean caoineadh'' to lament and ask for things on behalf of the grieving family and community.
These performances aspired to create a connection between both audience and performer, communicating emotive, personal and political aspects of these women's experiences through voice and song.

 

Evidence II: Jennie Moran and Luncheonette

Unholy Mess - a shared meal to take place in an altered chapel

Jennie Moran is a Dublin based artist who uses her practice to create opportunities for hospitality.

 

Evidence III: Between Land & Water

Outlandish Theatre with Arabic/Muslim women, Dublin 8

Between Land & Water is a collaborative arts project by outlandishtheatre platform, in collaboration with Sarah Jane Scaife and a newly formed group of 5 first generation Arabic/Muslim women from Dublin 8. The project is inspired by Samuel Beckett’s Come and Go and responds to the landscape of Portobello’s canal banks. By exploring basic theatre principles, we create inter-media material uncovering the connection between the present day canal landscape and the women’s memorized landscapes.

Maud Hendricks (artistic director) Bernie O’Reilly (assistant director) with Sarah Jane Scaife (Beckett specialist, Company SJ) Participants: Nazish, Rula, Sarah Jane, Zakiyyah Filmmaker: Kilian Waters. Sound editor: Craig Cox

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Amhrán na mBeach (Song of the Bees)
Softday with beekeepers, scientists and monks of Glenstal Abbey | Limerick

Multi-media socially engaged sound work

Based on four years of scientific data about bee diseases and colony losses in Ireland, Softday created musical scores for the Glenstal Abbey Choir, organ and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. A sound art composition was also created by the Softday Apiary Ensemble, based on field recordings carried out by the participating beekeepers in their respective habitats. The world premiere performance of this work took place in Glenstal Abbey Church, the 27th of April 2013.

Teampall fuaime
Ian Wilson with the Cork Chamber Choir | Cork

Recording of 4 of the work’s 10 movements

Teampall Fuaime (sound temple) was the result of an 8-month project between composer Ian Wilson and the Cork Chamber Choir. Members of the choir firstly provided original texts in direct response to spending time in the Triskel Christchurch space then, with the composer’s encouragement, also provided melodic fragments for parts of those texts; often each member would provide a piece of melody for both their own text and someone else’s, thus creating a broad pool of material.

The composer then used this textual and musical material as the basis of a large-scale choral work which, as well as exploring ideas specific to the architecture and character of Triskel Christchurch, also examines ideas evoked and provoked by that space, including faith, society, war and daily life. The result is a work that speaks broadly of the human experience, very much shaped by the singers and the space they s sang in. Part of the work’s concept was to fully employ Triskel Christchurch and therefore the choir sang in different parts of the space at different times during the work. Teampall fuaime was funded through the Arts Council of Ireland’s Artist in the Community scheme managed by Create.

 

Artist Information

Ceara Conway is an Irish artist and singer from the Connemara in the west of Ireland.

In her work she uses photography, performance, song and narration as ways to engage her audiences in exploring social themes and issues. She is interested in the efficacy of performance and its capacity to act as an agent of change.

outlandishtheatre platform - Maud Hendricks and Bernie O’Reilly: 'we aim to make theatre that moves from the real to the stage, for which a longterm engagement with a local group/community is central to the artistic process. We hereby develop unique and layered insights into the local changes and group cultures that exist within defined geographical areas. We have completed a process like this for Come into The Gardens (2012-2014).'

Softday is a  collaboration between Sean Taylor and Mikael Fernstrom exploring ideas in multimedia art. Since 1999 Softday, the art-science collaboration of artist Sean Taylor and computer scientist Mikael Fernström, have engaged with issues relating to natural cycles in time, climate change and its global effects.

Early projects such as Bliain Le Baisteach (A Year of Rainfall) (2000) looked at fluctuating annual rainfall patterns in Ireland. Further, Cóisir an Tsionainn (The Shannon Suite) (2003) focused on the four-year life cycle of the wild Atlantic salmon and the effects of overfishing and pollution on the species ability to survive. Projects such as Nobody leaves till the Daphnia sing (2009) examined the implications of contaminated domestic drinking water supplies in Galway and West Limerick. The Marbh Chrois (Dead Zone) (2010) project addressed the impact of two ‘contested’ marine dead zones as a key stressor on marine ecosystems in Donegal, Ireland. In 2011 Softday were selected as one of the winning entries to the prestigious project EUROPE – A SOUND PANORAMA, in Karlsruhe, Germany. The Karlsruhe live concert was recorded by Deutschlandradio Kultur and distributed to all European radio stations. Between 2011 and 2013, Softday collaborated with a number of Irish beekeepers, scientist and the monks of Glenstal Abbey, creating Amhrán na mBeach (Song of the Bees) about the life of honey bees and current threats such as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

As a collaborative team they use their arts practice to explore relations to and understandings of nature, expressed through sonifications and multimedia artworks and performances.

Both artists are interested in exploring the cracks between various media and creative genres such as expanded theatre, sound art, socially engaged practice, sculpture, music, dance and the application of new technologies.

Ian Wilson has written nearly 150 works, including operas, concertos, string quartets, a range of orchestral and chamber music and multi-media pieces. His compositions have been performed and broadcast on six continents, and presented at festivals including the BBC Proms, Venice Biennale and Frankfurt Bookfair and at venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Vienna’s Musikverein. He is a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s State-sponsored body of creative artists, and in recent years has been AHRB Research Fellow at the University of Ulster, An Foras Feasa post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Dundalk IT, director of the Sligo New Music Festival and Composer-in-Association with California’s Camerata Pacifica ensemble and the Ulster Orchestra.

His music is published by Ricordi (London) and Universal Edition. 

Cork Chamber Choir was founded in 2005 by a small group of Cork-based choral singers who were looking for a new challenge, at the invitation of founder Anne-Marie Curtin. From informal beginnings it is has grown to 20 singers under musical director and conductor Helen McGrath. With members from Ireland, north and south, England, France and Scotland the choir has enjoyed a combination of concerts and competition participation while continuing to refine and develop its sound.