The Day-Crossing Farm was a massive immersive installation with live performance exploring issues of human trafficking, modern-day-slavery and drug farming, created by visual artist Marie Brett with a large team of contributors. To coincide with international anti-slavery day on October 18th 2021, a new ‘behind-the-scenes’ documentary film about the making of the artwork will be launched, together with the artist’s extensive research materials including: podcasts | trafficked stories | legislation | advocacy & horticulture info | media & academic articles, viewable here. The Day-Crossing Farm was sited over a five story Georgian townhouse and taxi-cab, combining audio-visual and interactive sculptures, live music and performance, composed opera, projected video, spoken poetry, plant-life, CCTV and sound and lighting design.
The work was commissioned by Cork Midsummer Festival and was produced in collaboration with filmmaker Linda Curtin, composer/sound designer Peter Power, and lighting designer Sarah Jane Shiels with considerable input from a varied community of interest including people who have been trafficked and held captive. The work was funded by The Arts Council, the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Cork Midsummer Festival and Cork City Council.
Viewable here (from Oct 18th)