Oblivion / Seachmalltacht / ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ at CCI, Paris

Viewing Times: 16 September — 30 October 2022  Venue: Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris Event Over

ITMA and Music Network are delighted to see Aideen Barry's epic multimedia work Oblivion / Seachmalltacht / ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ continue on its journey to Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.

Oblivion Cavan 4 August 2022

Oblivion / Seachmalltacht / ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ installation will run at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris Friday 16 September 2022 until Sunday 30 October 2022

  • Mon-Sun: 2pm-6pm
  • Wed: 2pm-8pm

Friday 16 September, 7pm-10pm, admission free

  • Talk with the artist Aideen Barry at 6pm

The Edward Bunting Digital Harp Collection

To mark the occasion of the Paris opening ITMA and Music Network are sharing freely online recordings of ten of Ireland's leading harpers playing all the melodies collected by Edward Bunting (1773–1843) and published in his 1797 "A General Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland [Volume 1]". These recordings, and the printed volume were the source of inspiration for the commission awarded to Aideen Barry by ITMA and Music Network in 2020.

Listen and read more about Edward Bunting (1773–1843) in The Edward Bunting Digital Harp Collection online at ITMA.

    Oblivion / Seachmalltacht / ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ was originally commissioned by Music Network and the Irish Traditional Music Archive under the Bunting Commission award.

    Barry’s epic new multimedia work OBLIVION /SEACHMALLTACHT / ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ was made in collaboration with internationally renowned Inuit Canadian singer and song writer RIIT ᕇᑦ, Irish harpist Aisling Lyons and with costume design by Margaret O’ Connor. Composed by Barry with Cathal Murphy & Stephen Shannon, the music both acts as a type of contemporary electronica anthem, a moody poetic sound score and a bleak gothic anthem crossing the world of music and visual art.

    In this spectacular installation Barry has responded to multiple sites of research and a commission from the Irish Traditional Music Archive and Music Network inspired by the 18th century Edward Bunting Harp Collection.

    The installation merges two indigenous musical cultures to create a new sound. It includes Inuit throat singing, Irish harp and electronica beats to make a dark anthem full of gothic tropes, a haunting call to arms asking: What is the role of art and artists at a time of great uncertainty, environmental collapse and the prospect of a world of ruin if we do nothing at all?

    It was first presented as the centrepiece of Aideen Barry’s “By Slight Ligaments” exhibition at the Limerick City Gallery of Art from 16 December 2021 – 13 February 2022. The installation was also shown at The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Cavan Townhall, and Living Canvas, Dublin.

    A live iteration of Oblivion / Seachmalltacht / ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ was live streamed from The Complex Dublin on 21 December 2021 and can be viewed here on the ITMA YouTube Channel.



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