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ArtNetDlr projects

Metamorphosis 2020-21

An interdisciplinary collaborative project with Ashleigh Downey, Sylvia Hill and Justyna Kosmulska –  an ArtNet DLR project. Metamorphosis was a year and a half long collaboration between two artists and two musicians.
The final work is an audio-visual installation, comprising a ‘Victorian hang’ of 15 visual pieces, with contributions by all four of us, and a 30-minute soundtrack, on which all our voices are heard. See our webpage, documenting the process and completed work here.

Metamorphosis ‘…pathless land…’, is a multimedia installation and online project by Eleanor Dawson, Ashleigh Downey, Sylvia Hill and Justyna Kosmulska. It was created as part of ArtNet DLR’s 2020-21 Metamorphosis project. See our webpage, documenting the process and completed work here.

The title, ‘…pathless land…’ is a reference to J. Krishnamurti’s famous 1929 speech, Truth is a Pathless Land, in which he rejects the role of spiritual leader or guru. 

The final piece comprises an audio-visual installation, comprising a ‘Victorian hang’ of 15 visual pieces, with contributions by all four of us, and a 30-minute soundtrack, on which all our voices are heard.

Our audio-visual work represents our own metamorphosis, individually, and collectively, through the ‘pathless land’ of 2020 and 2021, sharing ideas in words and pictures on WhatsApp, letting the metamorphosis find its own journey. We have focussed on four concepts: seed, egg, meander and feminine energy, to co-create a ‘Victorian hang’ of images, with a soundtrack, to represent the potential, process and transformative power of this time and our ongoing journey through it.

‘…pathless land…’, is a multimedia installation and online project by Ashleigh Downey, Eleanor Dawson, Justyna Kosmulska and Sylvia Hill. It was created as part of ArtNet DLR’s 2020-21 Metamorphosis project.

The soundtrack is a journey in four parts, each of which spiral into the other: a metamorphic journey through our inner landscape during the years 2020 and 2021. The terrain of our journey in sound is in four sections, following the prompting of the four words which were our supports during the creative process.

It is a 4-part journey of change: 1. incipit…seed 2. egg to meander, 3. spirals, 4. feminine energy.

Beginning with an evocation of an arid landscape with dry seed-sounds, seeds of potential, which incubate and develop, allowing for nourishing, nurturing and a final emergence.

The majority of the sounds were played and recorded by Eleanor. Justyna contributed a key theme on the harp, representing journeying, and the vocalise in Part 4. Ashleigh’s breath and natural sounds and Sylvia’s incantations of our shared words make it a completely collaborative process in sound.

Soundtrack composed and edited by Eleanor Dawson.

ArtNet is a network for local artists of all disciplines in Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown, Co. Dublin, Ireland. It is a vibrant community comprising visual artists working in a wide variety of media, writers, film-makers and musicians. See here.

Metamorphosis 2020-21

The soundtrack as a whole runs for just over 30 minutes, and can be listened to in its entirety, as a meditative experience, in conjunction with the visual images.

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ArtNetDlr projects

Inside ... pathless land ...

An immersive, interactive event
A journey in sound, image and words: an audiovisual collaboration by Eleanor Dawson, Ashleigh Downey, Sylvia Hill, and Justyna Kosmulska as part of the ArtNet DLR Metamorphosis project.
Upstairs, Walters, Dun Laoghaire, Thursday, 24th March, 5.00-6.30pm

An interactive exploration of our collaborative project. This is an opportunity to experience the complete work of …pathless land… A rumination in four parts, this event combines live musical improvisation, spoken word, and a meditative soundscape. As we take a journey into deep listening we invite you to respond to the sounds, and encourage you to bring a notebook and pencils/crayons.

This will follow with a Q&A and discussion. Places are limited, so please arrive on time!

ArtNet is a network for local artists of all disciplines in Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown, Co. Dublin, Ireland. It is a vibrant community comprising visual artists working in a wide variety of media, writers, film-makers and musicians. See here.

Inside ... pathless land ...

An immersive, interactive event
Walters, Dun Laoghaire, Thursday
24th March, 5.00-6.30pm

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ArtNetDlr projects

Elements 2020

Four Elements: a series running for a year from August 2019-2020, with submissions at 3-monthly intervals on each of the four elements of Fire, Air, Earth and Water. See the evolving exhibition here.

ArtNet is a network for local artists of all disciplines in Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown, Co. Dublin, Ireland. It is a vibrant community comprising visual artists working in a wide variety of media, writers, film-makers and musicians. See here.

Elements 2020

An ArtNet DLR project

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ArtNetDlr projects

Hinterland 2019

Hinterland 2019 was a collaborative project involving over 50 artists working in groups of two or three, on the theme of ‘Hinterland’  as ‘an area lying beyond what is visible or known’. This opened up a rich diversity of responses, culminating in an exhibition in May, 2019 and now available on ArtNetdlr’s online gallery.

Our multidimensional audio-visual installation, Beyond, looked at the liminal space between worlds and spaces:
Title of WorkBeyond
Name of Artists – Anita Readman, Visual Artist and Poet,  Judy Carroll Deeley, Visual Artist, Eleanor Dawson, Musician and Composer
Description – The inspiration for our multi-dimensional, audio-visual installation derives from the liminal aspect of Hinterland –  the air space, the head space, the virtual – onshore and off. In these spaces, there are suggestions of the movements and migrations of humans.
Medium – Multi-dimensional, audio-visual installation

We took as our centrepiece the old Carlisle Pier in Dun Laoghaire, now pulled down, but for many generations the place of departure or arrival for people leaving families, home and hardship in search of work. Radiating out from this were explorations of other thresholds – the veil between the worlds at Samhain (Halloween), the horizon, the city and empty urban hinterlands.

The collaboration allowed us to pool ideas in monthly meetings over the course of the year, our work as individuals informed by our exchanges to create a whole that was more than the sum of its parts.

ArtNet is a network for local artists of all disciplines in Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown, Co. Dublin, Ireland. It is a vibrant community comprising visual artists working in a wide variety of media, writers, film-makers and musicians. See here.

Hinterland 2019

An interdisciplinary collaborative project with Judy Carroll Deeley and Anita Readman – an ArtNet DLR project

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soundscapes

Collaboration with Kate MacDonagh

I am collaborating with artist Kate MacDonagh on an exploration of colour gradation through visual art and sound. It is an ongoing, deliberately slow process, working with one colour over a period of weeks or even months. It’s like looking under a powerful microscope, tuning into the possibilities of colour for its own sake independently from representation or narrative. In sound, these colours sometimes present themselves as specific pitches (green = A, for example), sometimes as movement in sound, or as a particular instrumental (or vocal) timbre. 

Collaboration with Kate MacDonagh

Yoga Soundscapes Dublin Music

When: The project is evolving through 2020 and into 2021, the nuances of the colours spilling over into all areas of our lives.

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workshops

Yoga, Sound and Chant Workshops

“The human voice carries something in its vibration that makes it more powerful than any instrument: consciousness” (Jan Wallaczek)

Sound has a powerful capacity to mobilise energy, and a therapeutic potential through resonance within the body. These workshops have been developing since 2008, bringing together work in sound and yoga.

The workshops combine sound and movement (yoga postures), some seated work with sound, and some seated Vedic chant. It is a meditative process involving listening and responding – tuning in to ourselves and each other. There is a lovely group feel! 

We also work with freer, more improvisatory sounding together, creating a vocalised ‘landscape’. This work comes towards the end of the session, as participants begin to feel comfortable with using their voices, and more at ease in the group. The sounds can be beautiful, almost ethereal: a sounding together, literally a ‘symphony’, where the ‘conversation’ opens up and takes on a life of its own.

This sound work is accessible to anyone, to help people find their own voice. Working with sound is potentially empowering and freeing – as well as very enjoyable! The workshops can help people who have lost confidence with singing or any type of performance. The aim is to connect more deeply with ourselves from the inside in a safe way and to explore our own resonance and creativity. 

These workshops have been happening roughly monthly on Saturday mornings, 10.00-12.00. 

See new timetable in September for details of the programme for 2020-21.

Yoga, Sound and Chant Workshops

Yoga Soundscapes Dublin Events

When:  Saturday mornings, 10.00-12.00
Where: This is an ongoing programme. Details of the next workshop coming soon …
Cost: More details soon

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