Killruddery: Listening to the Archive (2019-23)

Sonic Hauntings in a Big House

Since May 2019, I have been artist-in-residence at Killruddery House & Gardens (just outside of Bray, Ireland) as part of a practice-led PhD at SMARTlab, part of the Inclusive Design Research Centre of Ireland, University College Dublin, and funded by the Irish Research Council.  Killruddery is a beautiful estate in County Wicklow, home to the Brabazon family and the seat of the Earl and Countess of Meath. The family have been living here since 1618 and their archives trace a long and complex history. Killruddery is open to the public as a heritage experience and they host festivals, film sets, weddings and events, as well as a farmer’s market and recreational activities.

My aim is to sonify some of the untold and unheard stories of the Killruddery estate not found in the guidebooks, to create a hauntological sound trail ‘The Ancestors’, in which key objects, images and narratives from the written archives are brought to life using emerging 3D audio technologies. These sonic spectres will be situated in the grounds of the estate, creating an interactive, immersive sound installation via audio geo-location platform Echoes, and will be open to the public from Spring 2023.

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