ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ SEACHMALLTACHT OBLIVION is a multimedia performance, moving image and sound installation created by Aideen Barry.
It merges apocalyptic images of poisoned lands with historical archival elements of outlawed folk song and music to create a new type of collaborative language that traverses popular culture: spoken word with cutting edge experimental moving image. The work is a collaboration with internationally renowned Inuit singer and songwriter RIIT ᕇᑦ together with Irish Harpist Aisling Lyons, composers Cathal Murphy and Stephen Shannon with costume crown designs by Margaret O’Connor and was commissioned by the Irish Traditional Music Archive and Music Network in response to the Bunting Archive. It is a work built in response to the endeavour of the musicologist Edward Bunting who saved the Irish Harp from extinction by immortalising the music for future generations to become an intrinsic part of Irish Cultural Identity.
Aideen Barry is a practising visual artist based in Ireland but with an international profile. She is currently directing a feature film Klostés for Kaunas 2022 The European Capital of Culture and has a significant travelling solo show currently in Limerick City Gallery of Art "By Slight Ligaments" which tours to Europe and North America in 2022 & 2023. Barry is a member of Aosdána and the Royal Hibernian Academy. Her works are a part of the National Collection at Crawford Art Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, NUI Galway, Art OMI New York, CAC Malaga, Musee la Garrotxa Catalonia and the Arts Council of Ireland. In 2021 she won the Golden Fleece Award, the Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Award and the Arts Council of Ireland Project Award 2021/22. Barry has upcoming projects at Art Basel Hong Kong, Zona Mexico and Belfast International Arts Festival.