Welcome to Lasta 2021!
Presenting ‘ABHAINN’ by Lauren Bickerdike
As population density grows and urbanisation spreads, the relationship between nature and industrialisation becomes more strenuous. Abhainn is a soundscape that pinpoints the placement of rivers amongst modern societies. This piece follows the River Barrow, from its source up in the Slieve Bloom Mountains, through towns across Co. Laois. As the river grows, intersecting roads and built up areas, industrial noise starts to leak through. Abhainn focuses on the equilibrium between the river’s wildlife and man-made sound adaptations created through time.
Lauren Bickerdike is a sound based multimedia artist from Co. Laois. She is a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design where she specialised in Sculpture and Combined Media and received a BA Degree in Fine Art. Her work primarily centres around sound, through the context of location, taken predominantly from field work and documentation. Her practise focuses on the connections between societies and their environmental impact. Responding to topics, varying from socioeconomic and political issues to religious practises and traditional customs along with ecological adaptations, her work isolates and captures the importance of sound as a device in comprehending our modern societies and their surrounding environments.
Exhibitions and collaborations which Lauren has recently been involved in include Glasgow Gallery of Photography in Glasgow, Scotland (2021), for the United Nations General Assembly under F.99 and Ikono Studios in New York (2020), along with Rua Red in Dublin (2020) , Loosen Art Gallery in Rome, Italy (2019), among others. Upcoming shows for 2021 include MKII in London, England and CICA Museum in South Korea.
Lasta is presented by the NASC network of venues as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten-day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council, funded by the Government of Ireland and produced by Schweppe Curtis Nunn with support in Laois from Creative Ireland Laois (as part of the Creative Ireland Fund 2017-2022) in collaboration with Laois County Council. For more information on Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh visit www.brighteningair.com.
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Thank you for listening!
With best wishes from
Alannah, Pauline and Ruairdhí
Dunamaise Arts Centre
Young Curators | Lasta Festival 2021