Latest news »SOUNDS OF THE AURORA AT KILKENNY ARTS FESTIVAL 2003 Featuring Iarla O Lionaird
The Kilkenny Arts Festival presents an extraordinary video and photographic sound installation by the Dublin-based artist, Anna Hill.  The exhibition, entitled ŒAuroral Synapse? sees Hill using low radio frequencies collected from the Aurora Borealis on a recent trip to Lapland. The audience?s breath will interact with projected video footage of this celestial phenomena.

In Spring of this year, Anna Hill journeyed to Finland where she documented and recorded ambient sounds, local musicians and singers and interviews with scientists studying the geo-physics of the aurora borealis. Her aim was to use the majesty, myth and actual sounds of one of the world?s most fascinating natural phenomena to consider the inter-connectedness of life, death and celestial events through sensory perception, interaction and human emotion. Presenting the work as a work-in-progress at the Tate Modern in May, Hill has since collaborated with the legendary vocalist Iarla O Lionaird to further develop the research into a wonderful exhibition which is on show at Grennan Mill, Thomastown, as part of this year?s Kilkenny Arts Festival.  

In a space devoted to her large format photographs (shot with a Hassleblad) and video projection of the Aurora and Lapland, a soundtrack built from a composition of O?Lionard?s voice, ambient recordings and low radio frequencies from the Aurora are designed to interact with the breath of the viewer - the deeper the breath, the faster and more intense the image of the Aurora. It is a fascinating example of human relationship with the natural world and the sublime.

"Auroral Synapse" at Grennan Mill, Thomastown. Saturday 9th - Sunday 17th August 2003. Admission Free.

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2003 - 8th - 17th August 2003
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Published 5th Aug 2003 »

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