Killruddery : Listening to the Archive, a public talk

I am delivering a public talk at Killruddery House (just outside of Bray, Ireland) as part of “Listening to the Archive”, my ongoing artist-in-residence research project there. The presentation introduces the main themes of my practice-based PhD at SMARTlab, part of the Inclusive Design Research Centre of Ireland at University College Dublin.  Killruddery is a beautiful Anglo-Irish country house and estate which is home to the Brabazon family and the seat of the Earl and Countess of Meath. The family have been living on the estate since 1618 and their archives trace this long and complex history, as well as their relationship to the land and the community around them.

I am looking to’ sonify’ some of the untold and unheard stories of Killruddery not found in the guidebooks, in a process I am calling a hauntology of heritage.  The work will eventually lead to bringing some key objects, images and narratives from the archives to life using emerging 3D audio technologies to make interactive and immersive sound environments that digitally embody the archive in the present day. These sonic environments will be embedded in the grounds of the estate using gps technologies to construct audio walks which will eventually be open to the public.

The talk is open to the public, and it’s free, but does require prior registration.

The project is funded by the Irish Research Council and the Killruddery Estate.