Updated: Jan 17
On 21 December 2021, the world premiere of Aideen Barry's 'Oblivion / Seachmalltacht / ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ' was live streamed from The Complex.
Barry used the idea of saving Irish culture from oblivion as a jumping off point to question the role of art and artists in times of uncertainty. Featuring a mix of Inuit Throat Singing, Irish Harp, cutting edge visuals and experimental music, RTE Culture called the event "An aurora borealis of music and art on our winter solstice".
Presented by RTE's Paula Shields, the evening saw performances from Irish harpist Aisling Lyons and renowned Inuit Canadian throat singer & song-writer RIIT ᕇᑦ. The event also featured a panel discussion with Barry and her team of collaborators, including designer Margaret O'Connor, Aisling Lyons, RIIT ᕇᑦ Stephen Shannon, and Cathal Murphy.
MusicNetwork.ie remarked that they were "delighted the see a capacity crowd turn out on the winter solstice to see it, a testament to the tenacity of the singular artistic vision behind the project."
'Oblivion / Seachmalltacht / ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ' can be watched here. Skip to 14:45 for the start of the event.
Limited edition hand signed 'Oblivion / Seachmalltacht / ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ' vinyl audio artworks are available to buy on Barry's website. Each vinyl includes an exclusive pull out printed artwork.
'Oblivion / Seachmalltacht / ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ' was commissioned by Music Network and the Irish Traditional Music Archive under the Bunting Commission Award.