Sensing Place - an attuning experience
Sensing Place is an invitation to attune to our inner and outer landscape through sensory experience. Each artist will lead participants on a journey of slow looking / deep listening resulting in a combined opportunity to contemplate our relationship with the natural environment in a more than human world.
This is the first iteration of an interdisciplinary collaboration between Galway based artists Anne Marie Deacy and Joanna McGlynn, developed in response to a biodiverse site in Portumna, where the forest edge meets a floodplain on the shores of Lough Derg.
It is a contributing project to Eco Showboat - an initiative of artist duo Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly (School of Looking) - which will transform a historic barge into an ecological floating arts lab to journey on the inland waterways bringing creative communities and scientists together to address climate change. The collaboration will continue in support of the Eco Showboat’s maiden expedition on the Shannon in 2022.
Developed in conversation with the extended community of Portumna and kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Creative Ireland, Galway County Arts Office and Galway County Heritage Office.
Anne Marie Deacy
Anne Marie Deacy is a sound artist and field recordist, based in Co.Galway. Field recording is the foundation of her practice and using various devices she explores the heard and unheard sounds of the landscape. She has exhibited, recorded, published and performed Internationally.
Her practice in recording our environment has led to a collaboration with artist Joanna McGlynn, exploring the sonic ecology of Portumna. The aim is to create innovative, multi sensory and all inclusive artwork with a spotlight on the natural world.
She is currently exhibiting in the group show Broken Vessels at Interface, Inagh as part of the Galway International Arts Festival and Clifden Arts Festival.
Joanna McGlynn is a socially engaged arts practitioner. Her expanded arts practice works across disciplines, merging pedagogical methodologies with artistic strategies and topics of socio-political concern. She develops context-specific projects in response to the immediate physical environment, with a sensitivity to communities of people, place and interest. Projects are realised through processes of participation, co-creation and collaboration.
Her collaboration with field recording artist Anne Marie Deacy is a sensory exploration of biodiversity through the lens of freshwater ecologies and climate change.
Joanna holds a Masters in Social Practice and the Creative Environment from Limerick School of Art and Design and a Degree in Fine and Applied Art from the University of Ulster, Belfast. Awards include 2021 Agility Award (Round 2), 2021 Galway County Arts Office Bursary, 2021 Creative Ireland Bursary (Galway County), 2019 Galway County Arts Office Artist in Schools and 2016 CÚRAM Artist in Residence Award at National University of Ireland, Galway.