The Sea Around Us | Group Exhibition at The Model, Sligo

The Sea Around Us | Group Exhibition at The Model, Sligo


23/07/2020 - 30/09/2020    


The Model
The Mall, Co. Sligo, Sligo

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The Model, Sligo, is set to re-open on Thursday 23 July. Adapting to the current situation due to Covid-19, the arts centre will open its award-winning building, galleries and cafe while maintaining appropriate social distancing guidelines and Covid-19 prevention protocols.

The Model remains free of charge, though entry will be ticketed initially in two-hour slots and will be centred around reduced opening hours Thursday-Saturday 12-4 pm until the end of September.

The Sea Around Us is an ambitious international exhibition, that invites viewers to contemplate the ebb and flow of the ocean, and reconsider the sea as a stage where a multiplicity of unseen – at times non-human, and at times inhumane – dramas are played out. The show is accompanied by no man’s land a new music score and sound installation composed by Karen Power. The piece, specially commissioned by The Model on the occasion of this exhibition, is based on field recordings gathered from the Sligo seaboard at Strandhill, Gibraltar Point, Deadman’s Point, Rosses Point, Lower Ross Beach, Lissadell Beach, Ballygilgan Nature Reserve, Streedagh Beach. The pairing of the human voice with sea continues Power’s enquiry into the basic function of language as used by all species. no man’s land places the voice in the centre of the sea as it searches for connection between superficially unconnected beings. The language that emerges between sea and voice lets us hear both in a new way, while potentially altering our future relationship with the sea around us.

Featuring: John Akomfrah (GH/GB), Forensic Oceanography / Forensic Architecture (GB), Shaun Gladwell (AU), Karen Power (IE), Susanne M. Winterling (DE).

For those who can’t wait until 23 July to experience this wonderful exhibition, a five-minute extract of the live premiere of no man’s land, can be experienced online at here

The show is accompanied by a new music performance and sound installation by composer and sound artist Karen Power, and a specially commissioned essay, It Dazzles me Slowly, by artist Rosie O’Reilly (IE).

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