Journeys Installation

Pictured: Audience listening to recordings at Journeys kiosk at Phizzfest 2010

 

Journeys is a mobile installation with sound and kinetic elements produced by service users of NCBI in collaboration with artist Siobhán Clancy with technical assistance from Greg O’Brien and John Dunn.  Journeys is supported by Dublin City Council’s Arts Act Grant and featured in Phizzfest 2010 and Wexford Fringe Festival 2010.

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Media

To access a segment of audio from a soundscape inspired by steam travel, click on the link for the player below  Steam Trains Mix (mp3)

To listen to recordings from the project, click on Stories of Travel and Transition

Photo Slideshow from Journeys Project

To download a screen reader friendly version of the press release for Journeys at Phizzfest click Press Release_Journeys and Ear Canal

To download a screen reader friendly version of the press release for Journeys a Wexford Fringe Festival click Press Release_Journeys

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Description of the Project Process

Following on from the experience of previous projects, participants hoped to develop an artwork that could engage a wider audience.  It was proposed to respond to a public site and the public that used it by creating a work in situ.  An exciting development coinciding with this project was the initiation of plans for a new arts festival in the local area of Phibsborough called Phizzfest.  The participants decided to focus their project on inclusion in the festival as a means to engage the immediate community and claim their own place in local arts.

Journey’s emerged following further research into the history of transport in the locality most notably Broadstone Station which eventually replaced the barges on the canals.  The nostalgia of the steam train inspired some recordings on board which were mixed with the assistance of Greg O’Brien.  This work led to personal interviews back at the NCBI Iona Centre on experiences of travel and transition.  The participants then travelled to a sister centre in Wexford, NCBI Lochrann Centre to invite service users there to contribute to the soundwork.  From this exchange, it was proposed that the final work should travel to Wexford also.

Thus the participants designed a railway kiosk which was then built by the artist-in-residence. It had listening posts built into a platform seat at the back and kinetic discs on either side created by service users to evoke themes of travel.  The kiosk was installed on the green during Community Fun Day at Phizzfest in September 2010.  It was an eye-catching addition to the festival, attracting children and adults alike.  It provided a meeting point for NCBI service users participating in the day’s activities and inspired new introductions and conversations between neighbours of all ages as to the abilities, interests and artistic potential of the vision impaired living, working and training in the area including one of our most notable visitors, ex-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

Later, in October 2010, the Journeys kiosk was brought to the Lochrann Centre and installed in the centre car park for Wexford Fringe Festival.  All participants received an audio disc with their contribution included.

By bringing the art work to the audience, it provided a measure of success.  As a mobile unit, it also had the potential to continue travelling and educating audiences wherever it could go.  The notion of a transient artwork informed the next project undertaken by service users the following year for Phizzfest entitled ‘A Secret Place‘.