Plant music collaboration with musician Ruadhrí O’Sullivan, audio description by Mo Harte. Curated by Siobhán Mooney, IMMA, Earth Rising Festival Dublin, September 2023
Audio description by Mo Harte
During Earth Rising Festival, musician Ruaidhrí O’Sullivan and artist Elida Maiques present a plant music performance, followed by a Q&A. Plantwerk started as a collaboration between Klinkerdin Arts Salon and Edible Bray, a public trail of community gardens in Bray. Together we created a sound garden where we listen to plants’ internal movements. Plants gurgle, stretch and turn. We hear. How can we hear this? We attach sensors to a plant, which allows reading its biodata, like a heart monitor, with a midisprout gadget translating them into sound. The sounds have been programmed and finetuned by musician Ruaidhrí O’Sullivan. The project includes an audio description by writer Mo Harte.
Plants in Concert is a collaboration between Klinkerdin Arts Salon and Edible Bray, a public trail of community gardens in Bray. Together they have created a horticultural sound art installation where we listen to plants’ internal movements. Plants gurgle, stretch and turn. We hear.
How can we hear this? One of the plants in the garden has sensors attached, which allows reading its electromagnetic impulses, like a heart monitor, with a midisprout gadget translating them into sound. The sounds have been programmed and finetuned by musician Ruaidhrí O’Sullivan. During Bord Bia Bloom Festival 2023, this plant music was streamed and accessible via a QR code.
The judges awarded us a ‘Highly Commended’ plaque in Bloom Festival.
Plantwerk, the team
Eileen O’Sullivan – co-ordination, production & construction
Ruaidhrí O’Sullivan – sound engineer, sound production & construction
Hugh Ryder – head gardener & soft landscaper
John Mason – head gardener & soft landscaper
Mo Harte – socially engaged artistic collaborator & audio describer
Strawberry tree seedlings (Arbutus unedo), germination test
The Community Seed Ark was originally established by the librarians with artist Aga Kowalska. With Elida Maiques as Bray Library’s Seed Librarian, she is curating a collection of open-pollinated, heritage seeds available for free to the public. Any library user from county Wicklow has access to an extensive seed list of vegetables, wildflowers and garden plants. The process is simple: borrow up to four seed envelopes, grow your plants, let some of those plants go to seed, harvest the seed and bring some of it back to the library.
A project started by Elida Maiques, planted in community during IMMA Earth Rising Eco Art Festival 2022.
A biodiversity haven where willow (sally/salley/salix) is coppiced yearly after flowering and fruiting. Willow rods are cut, harvested and stored for later use in weaving. The stools (tree stumps) remain alive, kept at ground level or up to 70cm.
This native tree is a truly sustainable material, it supports hundreds of species and is the basis for traditional arts such as willow weaving.
Vault Studios, Imagine! Belfast Festival 2022, 26.03.22
Curated by Second Collective
“A unique workshop/performance/display/event at Vault Artist Studios, Tower Street, Belfast. TAGGED is a workshop-styled project exploring self-perception, self-image and words as tools for social control. Words (or tags) are often tools for othering, on the basis of intersecting gender, age, looks, heritage, social class but this workshop asks participants to reimagine these tags.” [Imagine! Belfast]
“Wax rhapsodic brings together the work of Dermoth Blighe, Anthony Cleary, Frances Hennigan, Oona Hyland, Diaa Lagan, Elida Maiques, Gillian O’Shea, Lucy Peters, John Roch Simons, Cathy Scullion and Izabela Szczutkowska. The exhibition is an invitation to consider the present through a collision of visual, aural and kinesthetic prompts, to reflect upon our relationship to the external and to embrace the quieter moments within the work that are, at times, difficult to reconcile.” [Astrid Newman]