Killruddery: Listening to the Archive (2019-23)

I am currently 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 Anglo-Irish estate, home to the Brabazon family and the seat of the Earl and Countess of Meath. The family have been resident here since 1618 and their archives trace a long and complex history.

My aim is to sonify some of the untold and unheard stories of Killruddery not found in the guidebooks, to create a hauntological sound archive ‘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 geo-located in the grounds of the estate, creating an interactive, immersive experience via audio geo-location platform Echoes, and will be open to the public in Spring 2023.

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