Simon Fraser University 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert features works by Jürgen Simpson

Simon Fraser University Vancouver’ 9th Sept. 50th Anniversary concert focused on a collaboration between DMARC member Jürgen Simpson and Canadian poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar. The concert featured one of Canada’s foremost interpreters of contemporary music, soprano Heather Pawsey and Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble with conductor Owen Underhill. The works performed were extracts from the forthcoming operatic scale work “Air India [redacted]” which will be premiered at SFU’s Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre from November 6th to 11th. Air India [Redacted] explore issues of silence and longing in the 30th year since the bombing of Air India Flight 182 off the coast of Ireland, Canada’s worst act of aviation terror.

ISSTC 2015

The Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association returns to Limerick this year for its fifth annual Convocation (ISSTC 2015) on August 12-13. The theme, “Resonance and Recapitulation: Echoes of a Renaissance,” focuses on Limerick City, the place of the first Convocation ever held and City of Culture for 2014.

Events include papers, workshop, sound art installations and concerts. Keynote speakers are Ximena Alarcón and Miller Puckette. Alarcón is a fascinating sound artist from Mexico based in the UK. Puckette was the creator of Max and Pd, software for music creation used all over the world.

Registration is required for papers, keynotes, workshop and reception. Concerts are included with registration or €10 at the door. The art is free to the public. Venues are Dance Limerick, Limerick Printmakers, Hunt Museum, FabLab and Ormston House.

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Open Call: Light Moves festival of screendance

Call for Papers & Presentations

Following the open call for films, Light Moves Festival of Screendance is pleased to announce its call for presentations and paper proposals for inclusion at the Light Moves Symposium 2015: ‘Peeling away the layers’ The symposium sits within a festival and aims to encourage artistic and scholarly exchange, debate and discussion in screendance and related disciplines including performance, dance, film, visual arts, sound and text. Proposals are invited from practitioners and scholars for max 20 minute presentations. Experimental and/or group formats of presentation are welcome.

SYMPOSIUM THEME The theme for this year’s symposium is ‘Peeling away the layers’. Papers and project presentations may include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Screendance as a language for social, cultural and political conversations.
  • Let’s talk about digital: Challenging the allure of High Definition/The ubiquitous camera/Primitive technologies, embracing artefact and rediscovering lo-fi
  • Screendance conventions and the interplay between mainstream and experimental practices
  • Mediating and experiencing time in screendance (uninterrupted, compressed and expanded time)
  • Harnessing performativity; liveness in screendance
  • Confronting stereotype (body, dance, location)

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Tony Doyle at Spatial Sound Hack Lab

PhD Candidate Tony Doyle has been selected to participate at the Spatial Sound Hack Lab working on the 4DSound system. Tony will be using his own spatial application to explore the possibilities of this unique speaker array.

Hosted by CDM (, Ableton, Liine, and Fiber at Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) 10h Saturday 18 October – 21h Sunday 19 October.

“What’s possible when the experience of sound can happen in more dimensions? We invite artists and hackers to explore the 4DSOUND system using a variety of tools of their own choice, culminating in new experiments in sound, music, and performance.”

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Light Moves Festival of Screendance


Light Moves is Ireland’s first festival focusing specifically on screendance/dance film. It is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of screendance in Ireland and joins a range of similar initiatives internationally in providing a platform for new works and a forum for development and enquiry in this exciting area. Highlighting the collaborative intensity of screendance, Light Moves brings together national and international directors, performers, choreographers, composers, writers and cinematographers through a series of workshops and presentations. Combining invited works and open submissions, Light Moves will showcase the unique diversity of movement on screen via a series of curated events in the exceptional setting of the Dance Limerick Daghdha Space. Light Moves will award a range of prizes to both established and student works for those works submitted via the open call.

Light Moves is curated and directed by Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson and is a Limerick City of Culture Legacy Project collaboration with festival partners Dance Limerick and DMARC and additional support from The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. The keynote speaker is Douglas Rosenberg from the University of Madison Wisconsin.

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‘Mirror in February’ (2013) – Hughie Lynch

‘Mirror in February’ (2013) – Hughie Lynch, selected for New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) 2014.

PhD candidate Lynch’s music composition ‘Mirror in February’ (2013) will be performed at this year NYCEMF. The concert will be held in the Underground Theater, Abrons Arts Center, Lower East side, NYC, Sunday 8th of June 2014.

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Live-Visuals Article in Leonardo

The first academic publication on Live Visuals has been released via Leonardo’s Almanac. DMARC’s Leon McCarthy has an article in it – go to the following link where you can download the articles seperately:

at once a surface and a frame

John Galvin – 2013

4 HD digital videos (varied durations)

at once a surface and a frame consists of a suite of four digital videos developed by John Galvin in 2012. These videos take the form of spatial montages, in which many different image materials (photographic, filmic and painting) share a single pictorial space. The results are densely layered, durational works that operate between modernist collage and cinematic realism.

This exhibition takes as its starting point the exploration of the window as a liminal surface – both thematically (in the source material used) and structurally (in examining the ‘surfaceness’ of the projection/screen). The videos offer a fractured surface where the ‘sutures’ between multiple images (and the different temporalities they represent) are left visible. The works explore a visuality where simultaneity rather than sequentiality is foregrounded – where the relationships between the multi-layered imagery become as important as the imagery itself.

Exhibition runs from 3rd – 13th September
Bourne Vincent Gallery,
Foundation Building,
University of Limerick.

Official opening 11th September @ 5pm

The betAV performance series

Léon McCarthy’s betAV audio-visual performance series is his effort to make audiences aware of the impact that industrial fishing practices are having on the seas and our world at large. Taking his lead from the 2009 documentary ‘The End of the Line’, Léon repurposes some of its video content to present his live audio-visual interpretation. Motion graphics illustrate data on the yearly catches of yearly of pelagic fish in the Mediterranean. Further animations present data on the health benefits of eating fish and furthermore, steps we can take to maintain fish stocks into the future.

The series engages with Léon’s PhD research as he his seeking to harness audiovisual performance as a medium for conversation with an audience – and believes he can champion topics of social importance in this manner.

The most recent performance, betAV06, will take place this May 9th in Singapore at the DigitalArtWeeks festival.

Below are links to websites where one can further inform oneself on this topic.


The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)

Sea Shepherd

An activist group supporting the welfare of the seas


A movement seeking to halt the killing of endangered fish

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)


International Commission for the conservation of Atlantic Tunas

The End of the Line – documentary film on the overfishing of our seas:

A performance at the Sugarclub, Dublin, July 2012, as part of the Dublin as part of European Science Week and the Imagine Film

betaV03 – A live audiovisual performance from CSIS, University of Limerick on Vimeo.

iNTERFACES Competition

Bernard Clarke, Masters in Music Technology, composition student and award-winning broadcaster with RTÉ Lyric FM, has been shortlisted for the iNTERFACES 10th Annual International Audiovisual Festival competition. His work, wrecked solitary here was created as part of the composition/dance composition project, a collaboration between DMARCs MA/MSc in Music Technology and the Irish World Academies Contemporary Dance Performance Masters programme. wrecked solitary here is made up of recorded samples of choreographer/performer Talia Marcela’s voice, recorded clips from the great Greek-American Soprano Maria Callas, sound effects such as vinyl crackles and pops, scratches and whooshes, record player turntables powering up and down, plus micro-fragments of Bizet’s Act II Gypsy Song from Carmen slowed down and rescored for reversed breaths and drums. The work was recently show cased at the Irish Contemporary Music Centre’s annual showcase at the National Concert Hall Dublin.