Sat Mar 3 2018

Sounds Of The Unthinkable

Sirius Arts Centre
Doors 4:00 pm - Admission: FREE


Sounds of the Unthinkable – a performance from Softday in collaboration with the Molgoggers, Adrian Gebruers and St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh. In association with Sustainable Futures and This Must Be The Place at Sirius Arts Centre. The creative work of the art/science collaboration Softday (Sean Taylor and Mikael Fernström) explores our relation to and understanding of our environment, through sonifications, multimedia artworks and performances. In 2008 the Irish Examiner published an article into the possible link between high rates of cancer in the Cobh area and toxic pollution from the former Irish Steel plant at Haulbowline. In 2017 during a residency at Sirius Arts Centre, Softday initiated a dialogue with interested members of the local community, environmental scientists, maritime experts, Cork County Council and others to creatively explore the social, environmental and political impacts of the various scientific and environmental data streams that they were collating. On the 3rd March at 4pm, 2018 Softday will return to Sirius Arts Centre to present the creative results of their findings in a live concert entitled “Sounds of the Unthinkable’. Utilising existing (and contested) water and ground pollution data and field recordings gathered from the Cork Harbour area, Softday have created two unique sound art compositions. The first; "All Things Are Not Quiet Silent", will be performed by carillonneur Adrian Patrick Gebruers, on the 49-bell Carillon of St. Colman's Cathedral in Cobh. The second; "As I Went Out One Morning"; a contemporary sea shanty composition utilising field recordings, conversations and environmental impact reports, will be performed by Softday and the Molgoggers Sea Shanty Group from Cobh. For over fifteen years Softday, the art-science collaboration of artist Sean Taylor and computer scientist Mikael Fernström, have engaged with issues relating to natural cycles in time, climate change and its global effects. As a collaborative team they use their arts practice to explore relations to and understandings of nature, expressed through sonifications and multimedia artworks and performances. Both artists are interested in exploring ‘the cracks’ between various media and creative genres such as expanded theatre, sound art, socially engaged practice, sculpture, music, dance and the application of new technologies.