Aerial/Sparks invites you to connect with one of the last unknown spaces on earth, the ocean wilderness.
The Aerial/Sparks journey started by exploring the potential of radio communication to reimagine our relationship with the ocean. Artists, writers and composers from across Europe have produced a series of compelling sound works, inspired by their experiences of joining research expeditions on board the Marine Institute Ireland’s RV Celtic Explorer.
These expeditions have opened up unique opportunities to foster connections between art and science as artists work side-by-side with scientists who are monitoring our marine biodiversity and the impact of humans on our ocean environment.
Garden Galway presents the ship experience aboard the Marine Institute’s RV Celtic Explorer, talks by artists and scientists on their collaborations, and excerpts from acoustic and audiovisual works by participating artists.
Aerial/Sparks :: New Reports on Waves
Our garden concept makes reference to Scottish engineer John Scott Russell’s famous practical and theoretical investigations on waves and their effects on ship construction. Scott Russell discovered the “wave of translation” (giving birth to the modern study of solitons) which he described in his “Report on Waves” and developed the wave-line system of ship construction.
New Reports on Waves becomes a thematic link to the nature of waves, both watery and sonic, and how they impact on our connections to marine nature, distance, technology and empathy.
The rugged beauty of Inis Oírr, the smallest of the Aran Islands and with a deep-rooted maritime culture, is the physical setting for Aerial/Sparks from 11-27 September, with sound works housed in different locations across the island.
Each work explores relations between people and places, including the visible and invisible connectors of ocean and landscape. These sonic presentations ask us how sound and radio communication might trigger a deeper sense of empathy for our environments and ourselves. As we move into a future of uncertain intimacy, how can we grow meaningful connections at a distance?
Professor Andrew Wheeler (IE), DR Aaron Lim (IE), Ailís Ní Ríain (IE/UK)
Professor Andrew Wheeler, Dr. Aaron Lim and composer Ailís Ní Ríain discuss their experiences of deep sea observation using Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to film deep sea habitats and its impact on both creative and science practices.
DR Chris McGonigle (IE) Robertina Šebjanič (SI), Louise Manifold (IE)
Dr. Chris McGonigle, artist Robertina Šebjanič and artist / curator Louise Manifold discuss the importance of the age-old relationship between people and the sea, and how sonic folklore plays a fundamental role in shaping our connection to ocean space.
David Stalling (DE/IE), Prof Sergei Lebedev (RU/IE)
Sound artist David Stalling and Prof. Sergei Lebedev discuss David’s work and his time on board the RV Celtic Explorer during the SEA-SEIS research survey in 2018. Led by Prof. Lebedev, DIAS scientists have been collecting first of a kind seismic data across a vast area of the North Atlantic. Since 2018, David has worked closely with Sergei and his team on the development of his sonic composition which translates sampled data from deep sea monitors deployed on the research survey.
Ailís Ní Ríain (IE), Carol Anne Connolly (IE), David Stalling (IE), Kennedy Browne (IE), Kevin Barry (IE), Magz Hall (UK), Robertina Šebjanič (SI)
Presentation of sound works by participating artists.
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
Created by artist Louise Manifold (IE) for the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture programme, Aerial/Sparks is an interdisciplinary art collaboration with the Marine Institute Ireland exploring radio connectivity and its relationship to ocean space. Participating artists include Ailís Ní Ríain (IE), Carol Anne Connolly (IE), David Stalling (DE), Kennedy Browne (IE), Kevin Barry (IE), Magz Hall (GB) and Robertina Šebjanič (SI). Aerial/Sparks is supported by the Commissioners of Irish Lights; Áras Éanna, Inis Oírr; Comhar Caomhán Teo, Inis Oírr; and the Arts Council of Ireland Project Awards 2017 and 2019.
Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture
Marine Institute Ireland
Commissioners of Irish Lights
Áras Éanna Arts Centre, Inis Oírr
Comhar Caomhán Teo, Inis Oírr