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Vagabond Voices: Ruth Clinton & Niamh Moriarty

July 8 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

This event will be broadcast on Facebook and Youtube with advance registration option through Eventbrite

Echolocation / Ruth Clinton & Niamh Moriarty, July 2020

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Echolocation is a 25 minute performative story made for Cairde Sligo Arts Festival on location between the artists’ homes in Leitrim and Sligo. Festival-goers in Sligo are invited to take a solitary walk around Doorly Park while listening in online. The audio/visual work is best heard using stereo speakers or headphones.

The story of a set of twins who inadvertently start a popular protest movement in their local forest is told as a nonsensical one-sided phone conversation. While enacting a peaceful tree-top sit-in, the twins are confronted with parallel struggles including technological progress versus heritage; communication versus interference and surveillance, and conservation versus tourism. An in-unison story-telling technique is coupled with mirror imagery and layered sound, in order to convey an atmosphere of collapsing time, displacement and uncertainty.

Ruth and Niamh’s present research concerns Ireland’s complicated relationship with its colonial past. They are currently developing a major project along the Western Rail Corridor.

With thanks to Cormac MacDiarmada & Aoife Hammond. This ongoing project is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Askeaton Contemporary Arts and Fingal County Council.


July 8
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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