Satellites Ceara Martyn and Roisin McNamee are participating artists in this years Phizzfest (Phibsborough Community Arts Festival with their project Tracing the Unseen. Follow their progress in the form of a blog http://tracingtheunseen.tumblr.com/ and visit them on a barge on the Royal Canal during the festival on Saturday May 3rd where they will have an open studio for the day.
Two artists take a look at the diversity of hidden Phibsborough for the weeks leading up to this years festival http://phizzfest.ie/. One surveys the Royal Canal and creates a portal into a watery world unseen while the other gathers and reveals almost forgotten information about the area. This activity will culminate in a catalogue of their findings. You can contact Ceara if you would like to contribute a story, a memory or little known fact about Phibsborough or Roisin if you would like to help take samples, count critters or measure depths by emailing tracingtheunseen@gmail.com. Public engagement is vital!

Satellites Ceara Martyn and Roisin McNamee are participating artists in this years Phizzfest (Phibsborough Community Arts Festival with their project Tracing the Unseen. Follow their progress in the form of a blog http://tracingtheunseen.tumblr.com/ and visit them on a barge on the Royal Canal during the festival on Saturday May 3rd where they will have an open studio for the day.

Two artists take a look at the diversity of hidden Phibsborough for the weeks leading up to this years festival http://phizzfest.ie/. One surveys the Royal Canal and creates a portal into a watery world unseen while the other gathers and reveals almost forgotten information about the area. This activity will culminate in a catalogue of their findings. You can contact Ceara if you would like to contribute a story, a memory or little known fact about Phibsborough or Roisin if you would like to help take samples, count critters or measure depths by emailing tracingtheunseen@gmail.com. Public engagement is vital!

Satellite is happy to announce a call for submissions for ‘Orbits’ a new series of events, workshops and exhibitions at Satellite Project Space.

Satellite is happy to announce a call for submissions for ‘Orbits’ a new series of events, workshops and exhibitions at Satellite Project Space.

Pick up a copy of VAN Jan/Feb 2014 and read ‘The Allegory of Place’ where Silvia Loeffler profiles Kathy Herbert and Dorothy Smith’s project ‘Open to the Public’, which was shown at Satellite Project Space during October 2013.

Pick up a copy of VAN Jan/Feb 2014 and read ‘The Allegory of Place’ where Silvia Loeffler profiles Kathy Herbert and Dorothy Smith’s project ‘Open to the Public’, which was shown at Satellite Project Space during October 2013.

Satellite would like to wish all its wonderful friends and supporters a very happy new year and is excited to kick things off with inviting you to this hosted by Satellite Project Space and our neighbours at Hendrons Collider!
MOTLEYwill be an exciting interdisciplinary exhibition by 2nd Year Masters Students of the Faculty of Fine Art, National College of Art and Design and is taking place 15-20 January 2014. Over 20 students from a variety of Fine Art Masters Programmes including Fine Art, Art in the Contemporary World and Art in the Digital World.

Satellite would like to wish all its wonderful friends and supporters a very happy new year and is excited to kick things off with inviting you to this hosted by Satellite Project Space and our neighbours at Hendrons Collider!

MOTLEYwill be an exciting interdisciplinary exhibition by 2nd Year Masters Students of the Faculty of Fine Art, National College of Art and Design and is taking place 15-20 January 2014. Over 20 students from a variety of Fine Art Masters Programmes including Fine Art, Art in the Contemporary World and Art in the Digital World.

Space Available at Satellite!
A studio space has become available at Satellite Studios. Please contact satellitestudiosireland@gmail.com for further details!

Space Available at Satellite!

A studio space has become available at Satellite Studios. Please contact satellitestudiosireland@gmail.com for further details!

Meerkat Market is now accepting submissions for the “Merry” Meerkat Market which is taking place on NOV 30th until DEC 1st. This is a great opportunity for any artist selling their wares or for anyone who wants to clear out their closet, record collection or house! What ever you want to sell we might be interested so drop us a line for more details on the event Meerkatmarketdub@gmail.com. This is going to be our best market yet so come and be a part of it! 
The market takes place in Satellite Project Space in the Hendrons Building. See more here for details https://www.facebook.com/events/1426166600932095/

Meerkat Market is now accepting submissions for the “Merry” Meerkat Market which is taking place on NOV 30th until DEC 1st. This is a great opportunity for any artist selling their wares or for anyone who wants to clear out their closet, record collection or house! What ever you want to sell we might be interested so drop us a line for more details on the event Meerkatmarketdub@gmail.com. This is going to be our best market yet so come and be a part of it!

The market takes place in Satellite Project Space in the Hendrons Building. See more here for details https://www.facebook.com/events/1426166600932095/

Satellite Studios are pleased to present ‘To begin and begin again as if for the first time’, a solo exhibition of new work by Rachel Healy. Please join us for the preview on Thursday November 7th, from 6-8pm. Rachel Healy’s work is informed by her interest in art history, cinema and the convergence of art and the moving image. In her debut solo exhibition she explores the process of image-making and the mechanism of the creative process. ‘To begin and begin again as if for the first time’ uses Healy’s interest in the domain between motion and still pictures to examine the translation of an image from a photograph; the reduction of information in which the work becomes symbolic in content, in an effort to rearrange the established relations and patterns of understanding and perception. The Exhibition features a selection of drawings and paintings together with appropriated images from the 1970’s magazine series ‘THE MOVIE: The Illustrated History of the Cinema’. The show also comprises of a hand drawn animation piece along with a sculptural work incorporating early animation processes which predate the invention of film. ‘To begin and begin again as if for the first time’ is the last in a series of exhibitions at Satellite Project Space where invited artists were afforded the opportunity to expand their enquiry into new directions in contemporary drawing. Born in Dublin in 1989, Rachel Healy lives and works in Kildare and Dublin. She received a BA in Fine Art Painting from the Limerick School of Art and Design in 2011. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout Ireland including shows at IMOCA, Dublin, Basement Project Space, Cork, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda and most recently at Pallas Projects, Dublin. Healy was awarded the Occupy Space Graduate Residency Award in 2011 and her work is held in Kildare County Council’s municipal art collection and private collections throughout Ireland. Further information is available at http://rachelhealy.weebly.com/

Satellite Studios are pleased to present ‘To begin and begin again as if for the first time’, a solo exhibition of new work by Rachel Healy. Please join us for the preview on Thursday November 7th, from 6-8pm.

Rachel Healy’s work is informed by her interest in art history, cinema and the convergence of art and the moving image. In her debut solo exhibition she explores the process of image-making and the mechanism of the creative process. ‘To begin and begin again as if for the first time’ uses Healy’s interest in the domain between motion and still pictures to examine the translation of an image from a photograph; the reduction of information in which the work becomes symbolic in content, in an effort to rearrange the established relations and patterns of understanding and perception.

The Exhibition features a selection of drawings and paintings together with appropriated images from the 1970’s magazine series ‘THE MOVIE: The Illustrated History of the Cinema’. The show also comprises of a hand drawn animation piece along with a sculptural work incorporating early animation processes which predate the invention of film. ‘To begin and begin again as if for the first time’ is the last in a series of exhibitions at Satellite Project Space where invited artists were afforded the opportunity to expand their enquiry into new directions in contemporary drawing.

Born in Dublin in 1989, Rachel Healy lives and works in Kildare and Dublin. She received a BA in Fine Art Painting from the Limerick School of Art and Design in 2011. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout Ireland including shows at IMOCA, Dublin, Basement Project Space, Cork, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda and most recently at Pallas Projects, Dublin. Healy was awarded the Occupy Space Graduate Residency Award in 2011 and her work is held in Kildare County Council’s municipal art collection and private collections throughout Ireland. Further information is available at http://rachelhealy.weebly.com/


Drawing Season at Satellite Project Space



3 exhibitions, 1 a month from September to November 2013 to explore drawing as medium in practices of four Irish visual artists.



September 18-25th: ‘the road is paved with misconceptions’, David Roche.

October 9-19th: 'Open to the Public’, Kathy Herbert & Dorothy Smith.

November 7-13th: To begin and begin again as if for the first time, Rachel Healy



Please contact satellitestudiosireland@gmail.com for further details.


The importance of drawing in the practice of 4 artists will be explored: David Roche, Kathy Herbert & Dorothy Smith and Rachel Healy. Join us at Satellite Project Space to learn more about the approaches of these 4 emerging and established Irish artists on the 16th October at 6pm for an informal panel discussion followed by a reception. This date marks the middle of our Drawing Season programme. It is also the central point of Open to the Public, the exhibition and temporary open studio of Dorothy Smith and Kathy Herbert at SPS. 


David Roche’s original ideas evolve from his explorations of the process of drawing, through which he aims to capture the chaos, randomness and disorder of contemporary society. The many permutations and potential recombinations of images within his drawings attempt to impose some semblance of order upon the inevitable sense of the absurd. Through a critique of society, politics and religion, as well as technique, his work is strongly inspired by Francisco Goya. Roche will do a performance ‘Trust Me I’m Not A Priest’ on Culture Night (North Georgian Quarter trail) in Satellite Project Space, inviting individuals to sit and talk with him as he creates a personal drawing in a duplicate invoice book. Participants can pay what they deem worthy for their drawing. Before gaining an MA in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art, London in 2009, Roche completed a BA (Honours) Fine Arts: Printmaking from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and after this won the CAP foundation residency. He worked with the Cynthia Corbett Gallery in London after completing his MA where for the next few years exhibited in London, New York, Boston, Miami and San Francisco. His work held in collections of IMMA, CAP Foundation Switzerland and private collections in Dublin and London.

“Open to the Public” is part of a longer process of deeper investigation of drawing and public engagement.  Both artists are interested in taking art out of the private studio and formal gallery with the intention of enlarging the experience of art for themselves and the public. To this end,  in May 2013 Dorothy Smith and Kathy Herbert undertook two individual drawing projects for Phizzfest (Phibsborough Community and Arts Festival) – Kathy’s Drawing Conversations and Dorothy’s weareallinthistogether.  Both projects used drawing in public spaces to investigate issues of communication and closer interaction with audience.  Alongside the working studio both artists will exhibit finished work from the overall project.

Kathy Herbert  has been a practicing Artist for over twenty years, and recently she completed her MFA in NCAD. Since then, she has been working with drawing and sculpture, and investigating ways of bringing her work to a wider audience; taking the work out of the private spaces of the studio and gallery and communicating with the general public. Most recently she has shown in “Sculpture in Context” at theBotanic Gardens , presented her artist initiated project “Drawing Conversations” with Phizzfest, Dublin, and shown “Sharing Space: Eleven”, a large drawing made of eleven panels, at The Drawing Project, Dun Laoghaire. Kathy’s practice is positioned in an Art and Ecology framework, addressing our attitudes and perceptions of how we live on Earth. She is particularly interested in how art can articulate this human / Earth relationship - how we affect our surroundings and how they affect us - in the context of the current ecological debate.

kathyherbert.ie

Dorothy Smith is a graduate of IADT (MA in Visual Arts Practices), NCAD (Degree Fine Art Painting) and UCD (Post Grad Diploma Arts Administration). She has exhibited widely showing work in the Lab, the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Hallward Gallery and the Original Print Gallery, Dublin, The Bourne Vincent Gallery, University College Limerick, the Lavit Gallery, Cork, the Gerard Dillon Gallery, Belfast and Grafiska Sallskapet, Stockholm. She is a recipent of the Taylor Bequest Award, has participated in and exhibited in the Boyle Arts Festival, Eigse, the International Print Festival, Dublin and the Inislacken and Cill Rialaig Residencies.
Drawing is fundamental to her practice and she is a regular participant in the life drawing sessions in the RHA. She has worked with many community based organisations as a manager, facilitator and teacher. Her work is in the collections of The Office of Public Works (OPW), The Irish Contemporary Arts Society, New York Public Library Print Collection, National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL), AXA and many private collections.  

http://www.dorothysmith.ie/

Rachel Healy is an Irish artist based in Kildare and Dublin. She received her Honours Degree in Fine Art Painting from the Limerick School of Art and Design in 2011. She was the recipient of the Occupy Space Graduate Residency Award 2011 and her work has been exhibited extensively throughout Ireland including shows at IMOCA, Dublin, Basement Project Space, Cork, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda and most recently at Pallas Projects, Dublin. Rachel’s practice encompasses drawing, painting, fine-art animation and the appropriation of found images. 

Art history, cinema and the convergence of art and the moving image form the basis of her practice. Further emphasis is placed on issues directly pertaining to the process of image-making and modes of representation, such as the domain between motion and still pictures, the translation of an image from a photograph; the reduction of information in which the work becomes symbolic in content. Drawing remains a fundamental vehicle in her practice, a medium which offers an intimate and open field for imaginative elaboration in which concepts and ideas can emerge and change with relative ease. Typically associated with the activity of ideation, she uses drawing as a device to present the artist’s mind at work and the mechanism of the creative process. 

Much of her work to date has involved working with large scale charcoal drawings in order to produce fine art animations derived from traditional animation methods. Animation pieces coexist alongside the drawings used to create them and become a unique history of the movement of their coming-into-being and immediate erasure. A direct relationship to drawing can be seen in her works in paint as the artist approaches painting as an exercise in mark making in which she deconstructs form, meaning and process. Rachel’s practice describes an engagement with drawing in a variety of ways with the intention to reinvigorate image making and representation.

 http://rachelhealy.weebly.com

(header Image courtesy of Rachel Healy)





 
 

Drawing Season at Satellite Project Space

3 exhibitions, 1 a month from September to November 2013 to explore drawing as medium in practices of four Irish visual artists.

September 18-25th: ‘the road is paved with misconceptions’, David Roche.

October 9-19th: 'Open to the Public’, Kathy Herbert & Dorothy Smith.

November 7-13th: To begin and begin again as if for the first time, Rachel Healy

Please contact satellitestudiosireland@gmail.com for further details.

The importance of drawing in the practice of 4 artists will be explored: David Roche, Kathy Herbert & Dorothy Smith and Rachel Healy. Join us at Satellite Project Space to learn more about the approaches of these 4 emerging and established Irish artists on the 16th October at 6pm for an informal panel discussion followed by a reception. This date marks the middle of our Drawing Season programme. It is also the central point of Open to the Public, the exhibition and temporary open studio of Dorothy Smith and Kathy Herbert at SPS.

David Roche’s original ideas evolve from his explorations of the process of drawing, through which he aims to capture the chaos, randomness and disorder of contemporary society. The many permutations and potential recombinations of images within his drawings attempt to impose some semblance of order upon the inevitable sense of the absurd. Through a critique of society, politics and religion, as well as technique, his work is strongly inspired by Francisco Goya.

Roche will do a performance ‘Trust Me I’m Not A Priest’ on Culture Night (North Georgian Quarter trail) in Satellite Project Space, inviting individuals to sit and talk with him as he creates a personal drawing in a duplicate invoice book. Participants can pay what they deem worthy for their drawing.

Before gaining an MA in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art, London in 2009, Roche completed a BA (Honours) Fine Arts: Printmaking from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and after this won the CAP foundation residency. He worked with the Cynthia Corbett Gallery in London after completing his MA where for the next few years exhibited in London, New York, Boston, Miami and San Francisco. His work held in collections of IMMA, CAP Foundation Switzerland and private collections in Dublin and London.

Open to the Public” is part of a longer process of deeper investigation of drawing and public engagement.  Both artists are interested in taking art out of the private studio and formal gallery with the intention of enlarging the experience of art for themselves and the public. To this end,  in May 2013 Dorothy Smith and Kathy Herbert undertook two individual drawing projects for Phizzfest (Phibsborough Community and Arts Festival) – Kathy’s Drawing Conversations and Dorothy’s weareallinthistogether.  Both projects used drawing in public spaces to investigate issues of communication and closer interaction with audience.  Alongside the working studio both artists will exhibit finished work from the overall project.

Kathy Herbert has been a practicing Artist for over twenty years, and recently she completed her MFA in NCAD. Since then, she has been working with drawing and sculpture, and investigating ways of bringing her work to a wider audience; taking the work out of the private spaces of the studio and gallery and communicating with the general public. Most recently she has shown in “Sculpture in Context” at the
Botanic Gardens , presented her artist initiated project “Drawing Conversations” with Phizzfest, Dublin, and shown “Sharing Space: Eleven”, a large drawing made of eleven panels, at The Drawing Project, Dun Laoghaire. Kathy’s practice is positioned in an Art and Ecology framework, addressing our attitudes and perceptions of how we live on Earth. She is particularly interested in how art can articulate this human / Earth relationship - how we affect our surroundings and how they affect us - in the context of the current ecological debate.

kathyherbert.ie

Dorothy Smith is a graduate of IADT (MA in Visual Arts Practices), NCAD (Degree Fine Art Painting) and UCD (Post Grad Diploma Arts Administration). She has exhibited widely showing work in the Lab, the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Hallward Gallery and the Original Print Gallery, Dublin, The Bourne Vincent Gallery, University College Limerick, the Lavit Gallery, Cork, the Gerard Dillon Gallery, Belfast and Grafiska Sallskapet, Stockholm. She is a recipent of the Taylor Bequest Award, has participated in and exhibited in the Boyle Arts Festival, Eigse, the International Print Festival, Dublin and the Inislacken and Cill Rialaig Residencies.

Drawing is fundamental to her practice and she is a regular participant in the life drawing sessions in the RHA. She has worked with many community based organisations as a manager, facilitator and teacher. Her work is in the collections of The Office of Public Works (OPW), The Irish Contemporary Arts Society, New York Public Library Print Collection, National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL), AXA and many private collections.  

http://www.dorothysmith.ie/

Rachel Healy is an Irish artist based in Kildare and Dublin. She received her Honours Degree in Fine Art Painting from the Limerick School of Art and Design in 2011. She was the recipient of the Occupy Space Graduate Residency Award 2011 and her work has been exhibited extensively throughout Ireland including shows at IMOCA, Dublin, Basement Project Space, Cork, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda and most recently at Pallas Projects, Dublin. Rachel’s practice encompasses drawing, painting, fine-art animation and the appropriation of found images.

Art history, cinema and the convergence of art and the moving image form the basis of her practice. Further emphasis is placed on issues directly pertaining to the process of image-making and modes of representation, such as the domain between motion and still pictures, the translation of an image from a photograph; the reduction of information in which the work becomes symbolic in content. Drawing remains a fundamental vehicle in her practice, a medium which offers an intimate and open field for imaginative elaboration in which concepts and ideas can emerge and change with relative ease. Typically associated with the activity of ideation, she uses drawing as a device to present the artist’s mind at work and the mechanism of the creative process.

Much of her work to date has involved working with large scale charcoal drawings in order to produce fine art animations derived from traditional animation methods. Animation pieces coexist alongside the drawings used to create them and become a unique history of the movement of their coming-into-being and immediate erasure. A direct relationship to drawing can be seen in her works in paint as the artist approaches painting as an exercise in mark making in which she deconstructs form, meaning and process. Rachel’s practice describes an engagement with drawing in a variety of ways with the intention to reinvigorate image making and representation.

 http://rachelhealy.weebly.com

(header Image courtesy of Rachel Healy)



 

 



'Open to the Public'
Kathy Herbert & Dorothy Smith
Oct. 9-19th, Wed - Sat, 2-7pm.
Panel discussion and Reception Wed Oct 16th, 6pm.
For two weeks in October Satellite Project Space will be an open artists’ studio. Kathy Herbert and Dorothy Smith will each be drawing in the Satellite Project Space and will be available to talk to members of the public about their processes and working methods. Kathy will be making a large wall drawing in the Project space and Dorothy will be working on a series of drawings of the iconic Phibsborough Tower. Both artists will also be exhibiting recent work. They invite you to join them for an informal chat.  Open to the Public is the second exhibition of the Drawing Season hosted by Satellite Projects which runs from September to November 2013. Drawing Season is a platform programmed to open up discussion on diverse approaches to drawing that four artists take in their individual practices. Topics include economy, process and education.

'Open to the Public'

Kathy Herbert & Dorothy Smith

Oct. 9-19th, Wed - Sat, 2-7pm.

Panel discussion and Reception Wed Oct 16th, 6pm.

For two weeks in October Satellite Project Space will be an open artists’ studio. Kathy Herbert and Dorothy Smith will each be drawing in the Satellite Project Space and will be available to talk to members of the public about their processes and working methods. Kathy will be making a large wall drawing in the Project space and Dorothy will be working on a series of drawings of the iconic Phibsborough Tower. Both artists will also be exhibiting recent work. They invite you to join them for an informal chat.

Open to the Public is the second exhibition of the Drawing Season hosted by Satellite Projects which runs from September to November 2013. Drawing Season is a platform programmed to open up discussion on diverse approaches to drawing that four artists take in their individual practices. Topics include economy, process and education.

Sideways Series #1
Sideways Series is a new concert series taking place in the Satellite Project Space. Focusing largely on improvised and abstract styles of music from the Irish underground, the series is curated by Satellite Studio resident, and writer of this blog post, Ed Devane. 
 First up in the series is a rare performance by a trio consisting of Brian Conniffe, Andy Mooney and Ed Devane, and an equally rare ambient audio visual solo set from Conniffe. The trio have played together twice previously, firstly at a gig over Siteation’s celebration of all things improvised in June, and at Satellite’s 2nd birthday party in July.

Vital Statistics: When - Thursday 12th September, from 8-11pm. Where: Satellite Project Space, Hendrons Building, Upper Dominick St, Dublin 7. How much: €5, byob. Anticipated musical styles: Ambient, noise, improvised electronics, distorted beats…

The format for the following gigs will be two acts playing in a time slot approximately 8-11pm, generally on a Thursday evening. We’ll have interviews and excerpts from the events up here so check back!
Interview after the jump!
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Sideways talks to Brian Conniffe firstly, then Brian and Andy Mooney. In this instance, Ed Devane’s opinion is not asked for as that would be recurvise nightmare.


Sideways: Howaya Brian! Tell us who you are, and why you make music.

Brian: I’m a musician, working across a variety of styles and with a variety of collaborators in various projects, all of which I’m pleased to say tend to sound quite different from each other. It’s probably easiest to describe my approach as experimental, however I do dislike some of negative connotations that word carries, be it dilettantism or academic pretension. I’m certainly more interested in listening to results rather then experiments, and I don’t believe one should need a degree to enjoy music either (likewise my work could - and has been - called “sound art”, and similarly I don’t consider that designation hugely meaningful either).

As to why I make music… Have you ever seen something that you just know that you have to have? Something that you see and immediately know that it has to be yours. And you wont stop thinking about it until you have it? You know that feeling inside you get when it just penetrates you and says look at me. And you really want it. Well, that’s how music is for me. I find every aspect of experiencing music totally fascinating and endlessly fulfilling.

 
Sideways: Brian, give us a bit of info on the Ambient set you’re going to play, and the visuals you’re going to use. Do you often do AV gigs? Is the visual material linked thematically with the music at all, and where do you source footage?(if you have a couple of links send them on)


Brian: My solo work falls into two fairly distinct styles. The first being ambient material where the focus is on atmosphere, timbre and spaciousness, and the second being based around heavily rhythmic songs with vocals and a generally violent and abrasive sound. Pretty much all my solo live performances to date have been in the latter style, however I’ve wanted to do a live set of almost totally tranquil and meditative material for quite a while now. This never really seemed appropriate in the past due to the nature of venues and events, but this should be a good opportunity for that. 

There’s always a visual component to any of the live shows I play, and that includes the other projects I’m involved with. The projected material is tailored to suit the set as much as possible. The projected visuals become more central the less extroverted the physical performance is likely to be. For this event, I’m going to project a few favourite silent short films, and basically do a live score to them.


Sideways: Brian and Andy, what’s it like to play as a trio? How does the music you make together differ from your other projects?

Brian: My absolute favourite way to create music is by improvising with other people. Those happy accidents when everything falls into place are truly magical, with each individuals sound and intuition merging in a kind of unconscious telepathy. Music is my favourite form of art because of collaborative possibility, not to mention its unique ability to instantly alter the mood and capture the imagination of the listener. 

Out of all the recorded music I’ve been involved with the creation of, it’s the collaborative improvisations that I listen to the most for my own enjoyment. I never really get bored of them. Not that I get bored of the more structured stuff I do, but when one has worked for weeks on a four minute song, and hours on a looping ten second segment, it’s pretty much impossible to listen to the finished project with any sense of novelty or surprise. The improvised stuff is constantly exciting to me though, and when the unique talents of others are all involved in congruence, it’s a truly delightful experience.


Andy: Playing as a live improvised trio is something that really appeals to me. The anticipation of not knowing what will happen, not knowing if it will be any good, sometimes not even knowing who is making what sound! The feeling of the unknown in this particular setting is very intriguing and stimulating. I also enjoy the freedom from rehearsing, what happens during a performance can be as much of a surprise to the performer, as to the audience. In some of my other projects, Amoon in particular, things are fairly orchestrated and planned out, with improvisation assigned to particular moments. This requires practice, and knowing the structures and blue prints of each song intimately. It’s nice to break from that model of music.

Sideways: If you had control over how people listen to your music, what would the ideal environment be?

Brian: I wouldn’t want to be prescriptive with regards to an individual’s experience of music. One great thing about recorded music is that can be enjoyed by someone on their own, maybe on headphones while out walking or perhaps late at night while reading. There’s a great potential there for music to affect the individual on a subconscious level, inducing an altered state and shaping the way the environment at the time is perceived. It’s an interesting topic when it comes to live music, since the presence of other people changes our behaviour and our sense of self so much. Also the context of the venue itself has such an impact on the mood and behaviour of both the audience and performer. There are a lot more variables at work, so considerations with regards to context should be made. On the one hand there’s the issue of curation; the perception of a work being influenced by the context in which it is placed. Likewise I do think a performer should be aware of, and work with, these factors. I’m not saying the artist should be hung up on what the audience might think, and playing to that, but one must be cautious of tendencies towards the anodyne. I’ve seen too many toothless laptop-based, background-music, screensaver-visual “performances” which are exactly the same regardless of whether they are in a gallery or a club.

Andy: In an ideal world I would want people to listen to my music in a head space of relaxed openness. Maybe even in a slightly altered state of consciousness. In a live setting, of course the best sound combined with right environment is always preferable, but not always achieved. But ultimately I would desire attentiveness from the listener.
Sideways Series #1
Sideways Series is a new concert series taking place in the Satellite Project Space. Focusing largely on improvised and abstract styles of music from the Irish underground, the series is curated by Satellite Studio resident, and writer of this blog post, Ed Devane
 
First up in the series is a rare performance by a trio consisting of Brian Conniffe, Andy Mooney and Ed Devane, and an equally rare ambient audio visual solo set from Conniffe. The trio have played together twice previously, firstly at a gig over Siteation’s celebration of all things improvised in June, and at Satellite’s 2nd birthday party in July.
Vital Statistics: When - Thursday 12th September, from 8-11pm. Where: Satellite Project Space, Hendrons Building, Upper Dominick St, Dublin 7. How much: €5, byob. Anticipated musical styles: Ambient, noise, improvised electronics, distorted beats…
The format for the following gigs will be two acts playing in a time slot approximately 8-11pm, generally on a Thursday evening. We’ll have interviews and excerpts from the events up here so check back!
Interview after the jump!