Townhall Cavan presents
Oblivion / Seachmalltacht / ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ
Exhibition by Aideen Barry
Townhall Gallery, Cavan
September, Tuesday to Friday: 10am-4pm
We are currently host to the fabulous oblivion / seachmalltacht / ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ – An Exhibition by Aideen Barry – Which runs in Townhall Theatre Cavan until September (Tuesday to Friday 10am-4pm – groups by appointment through our box office). We would like to put something up on our webpage detailing same please.
This multi-media installation merges two indigenous musical cultures to create a new sound.
Much of the film’s imagery is rooted in Irish folklore, mythologies around Balor and the poisoned eye, a metaphor for a poisoned world. The film, sound score and moving image work are inspired by dystopian horror, uncertainty, and the pandemic. Barry draws attention to a collective state of denial, questioning society’s blindness to acknowledging crisis, its impact and role in changing social-political cultures and widening global inequality. The sound and imagery of the work is designed to overwhelm us and play with our senses.
Barry used the idea of saving Irish culture from oblivion as a jumping off point to question the role of art and artists in times of uncertainty. The exhibition features a mix of Inuit Throat Singing, Irish Harp, cutting edge visuals and experimental music from Irish harpist Aisling Lyons and renowned Inuit Canadian throat singer & songwriter RIIT ᕇᑦ. A team of collaborators, including designer Margaret O’Connor, Aisling Lyons, RIIT ᕇᑦ Stephen Shannon, and Cathal Murphy music complete the team behind this masterpiece.
‘Oblivion / Seachmalltacht / ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ’ was commissioned by Music Network and the Irish Traditional Music Archive under the Bunting Commission Award.