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25/2/2022 - 30/08/2022

The three resident artists (Tara Baoth Mooney, Rian Trench and Diarmuid Dermody) have spent 4 weeks in residency and will continue for 2 weeks in August. While on-site the trio has been making field recordings around the Glens and LSC as the starting point for an extended sonic poem based on wind and percussive elements emanating from the buildings themselves.

The artists have invited a number of musicians to respond to both buildings and initial recordings. Over the next few months, they will be working on a multi-sensory piece in collaboration with the two buildings. The last part of the residency will be a recording of the pipers who will be in Manorhamilton for the piping weekend, as they respond creatively with pipes, to the building and soundscapes being played within. These new layers of responsive sound will then be incorporated into an overall synaesthesic soundscape.

The final piece will be an iterative and experimental composition which will unfold from fixed and free elements.

Tara Baoth Mooney

25/02/22 – 30/08/22

I grew up in the Burren perfumery, Co. Clare. I am a singer and visual artist looking for ways of exploring hidden human stories. My most recent work due for submission in Dec 2020 is a practice based PHD (University of Wolverhampton) where I am exploring loss of sense of self through drawing and textile artifacts for people living with dementia. I used to design garments for a living and worked as the design director of an outerwear company in China from 2005-2007. It was there that I saw the damage being done because of textile production in the East. My work looks at the hidden stories within our objects - particularly clothing and textiles and brings it to the surface to tease out the deeper meanings which lie behind them. Meanings around human attachment and lived experience. Garments can become a sort of cladding- an interface between people and the environment they inhabit. I use drawing, stitch and cloth, sound and print, as tools to explore these ideas further.

My work oscillates between ideas around sense of self, the surrounding elements within which self sits and questions around interruption of self and consequently, ownership of sense of self within that space. In the case of this application I am proposing to work for the first time in a collaboration to extend my artistic practice beyond the familiar places that I work within. The experience of a prolonged illness, has been an opportunity for deep personal observation and reflection after having undergone complete interruption and disintegration of my former sense of self. All of this led to new understandings of my own boundaries and their fluidity as I observed these migrations through transient states of being during my illness and recovery.

Tara Baoth Mooney is a multi-disciplinary artist, musician with a demonstrated history of working in music as well as the sustainable fashion and art fields. Mooney’s work has brought her from the Jim Henson Studio in New York, to the heart of fashion production in China, Bangladesh and India as well as working as a musician and artist in residence in UAL, London and UCD Ireland. Her work is featured in Fletcher and Ingun Klepp (eds.): ‘Opening up the Wardrobe: A methods book, ( Fletcher/Klepp 2017); The Craft of Use: Post-Growth Fashion (Fletcher, 2016) and the textbook on Sustainable Fashion ‘A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion’ by Alison Gwilt (2014). Mooney is also a named inventor on the patent ‘A system and method for garment design online’ (WO/2009/118197) and has a Master's degree with distinction which focused on the complex relationship between Fashion and the Environment that fashion sits in from London College of Fashion. UAL.

Over a 5 year period with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Mooney developed innovative approaches to community development in Bangladesh. I worked with Womens’ groups on a program to empower women through creative thinking by using their textile practices to problem solve around the concept of sustainable livelihoods.

Rian Trench

25/02/22 – 30/08/22

I've been experimenting with sound art from an early age and began working as a music producer and recordist in a studio I set up in Wicklow called The Meadow. This work has been going steadily for 10 years and has drawn me into a deep fascination with human behaviour. Working so closely with artists on their respective works brings about fascinating insights into what drives people to create, whether they operate from a purely egoic position or a one that draws from fluency of self and subconscious instinct. These insights into human behaviour have inspired my move from purely audio work into visual arts.

My work as a film maker is currently focused on exploring a deeper understanding of human impulses. Self-destruction, abuse of others and self and our animalistic drives towards sex, violence and all forms of territorialism have many ways of being portrayed through film that I have not seen before. I wish to expand on these themes through this medium. My aim as an artist is to create works that illustrate these human traits in original ways. I believe that the successful execution of my work will have positive effects for viewers in the realms of mental health and perspective on self and self-empowerment. My work aims to allow the viewer an opportunity to gain realisation of what is already inherent in the nature of humanity and our ability to make conscious, proactive changes to the way we interact with the world.

Rian Trench is a film maker and multi-instrumentalist with experience of playing in many different musical ensembles. He has made several live music videos as part of the Deaf Brothers Production team based in Wicklow. Rian has created conceptual video pieces one of which was commissioned by experimental Irish band Alarmist for their song "Life In Half Time" in which explores themes of abuse cycles and self destruction.

Trench composes for film and video, records original pieces and scores for orchestrations. He produces musical works for various artists and has a diverse knowledge of sound recording and track mixing: as a sound engineer with Bedlam Suitcase on their debut album, The Fourth Wall as well as other collaborations with Llankum All Tvvins, Bitch Falcon, Glimmermen, Haiku, How To Dress Well, I Am The Cosmos, Interskalactic, J. Colleran, Jan Ince, Jetsetter,, Little X's For Eyes, Lone, Magic Pockets, Pierce Turner, Planet Mu, Saint Sister, Spies, Sue Rynhart, The Lost Brothers, Thumper, Till They're All Broken, Tiny Ark, Toby Kaar, Tucan, Umbra, Vyvienne long, Warp Records, Wyvern Lingo and Ye Vagabonds.

Diarmuid Dermody

25/02/22 – 30/08/22

Diarmuid Dermody’s work deals in the elusive (illusive) boundaries between self and society, between myth and fact and in the particularly plural world of poison and medicine. An agent of positive change is the right thing at the right time in the right dosage.

Further education in theology, education and music deepened many aspects of Dermody’s practice but visual art has remained a significant part of his work and surfaced most recently in a commission from Thirty-Three 45 in Drogheda to contribute as featured artist to an edition of the Drag Acid audio-visual magazine. Recent commissions include a sound-work entitled ‘This Ends Now’ for the Drogheda Arts Festival 2020.

Diarmuid Dermody (b. 1972) discovered a passion for drawing and for music before he hit his teens in suburban Dublin. He escaped the perils of a formal art education in 1991 and embarked on a journey in music that saw him performing in situations from pubs and clubs to the streets of many international cities, to forests, prison waiting-rooms and mental institutions, in some of the great venues of the world and on national TV and radio, to name a few. Various adventures in remedial music work, event-management and set-design and soundtrack work for theatre further informed his practice. Commissions have included many sculpture and mixed media installations as well as the music for the opening ceremony of the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan. Dermody’s theatre work includes soundtracks and workshops for Graffiti Theatre Company, Activate Youth Theatre, Limerick Youth Theatre, Helium Arts, Playback Theatre as well as many independent producers such as The Jimmy Cake and The Tycho Brahe, both of which achieved considerable success in Ireland and where Dermody was also able to exercise his visual skills on posters, videos and sleeve-art. As producer, session-musician and featured artist, Dermody has amassed a considerable catalogue of recorded work.

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