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Dennis McNulty, b.1970

I reached inside myself through time2015

‘’I reached inside myself through time’’, 2015 is a complex multi-media installation work specially commissioned for the group exhibition LIAF 2015: Disappearing Acts, Lofoten, Norway’s International Art Festival, curated in 2015 by Matt Packer and Arne Skaug Olsen.

The work takes as it point of departure texts from Olaf Stapledon’s imaginative timeline for ”Last and First Men” written in 1930. McNulty presents in a looped LCD display Stapledon’s clusters of words in several timelines of varying magnitude and temporal extremes that propose the history of the formation of the earth and a future threatened by solar catastrophe.

The location that inspired the commissioned work is the home of the band A-ha who for a period in the 1980s put the Norwegian archipelago on the map.

The sound component of this artwork is a reactivation of one of their songs – a synthetic reconfigured version of lead singer Morten Harket’s vocals for ”The Sun always shines on TV” which accompanies Stapledon’s words about the universe. Both spill into the room/gallery space together. “I reached inside myself through time” sings Harkett, simultaneously containing and contained by Stapledon’s trajectories, which telescope into the distant past and future and alter the time-feel of the space. Harkett’s voice and other recorded sounds evoke the dry-docks, tunnels and sports halls of Lofoten’s workdays and childhoods. The LCD screen and sound are approached through a passageway constructed from plasterboard.

This is one of McNulty’s most significant and complex works to date with a strong aesthetic that marks it as a key acquisition for the national collection of contemporary art at IMMA.

MediumTexts from Olaf Stapledon's timeline for Last and First Men, an acapella recording of Morten Harket's vocals for The sun always shines on TV sourced on-line, True Type (digital) rendering of the Futura font by Paul Renner, high resolution impulse response recordings made in various spaces in the Lofoten islands, Reaper DAW with convolution reverb plug-in, Feonic audio-actuators, stereo amplifier, 2 Raspberry-Pi computers running Raspbian, Openframeworks open source toolkit, programming, modified LCD screen, Arduino Uno with 2.8" TFT display, anti-static bag, aluminium profiles, cables, cable glands, nuts, bolts, screws, wood, webbing, ratchet-straps, plasterboard, plastic window film, black carpet and adhesive.
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection, 2016
Item NumberIMMA.4005
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Copyright © Dennis McNulty | Image courtesy of the artist.
For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: info@imma.ie.
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Dennis McNulty, I reached inside myself through time, 2015, Texts from Olaf Stapledon's timeline for Last and First Men, an acapella recording of Morten Harket's vocals for The sun always shines on TV sourced on-line, True Type (digital) rendering of the Futura font by Paul Renner, high resolution impulse response recordings made in various spaces in the Lofoten islands, Reaper DAW with convolution reverb plug-in, Feonic audio-actuators, stereo amplifier, 2 Raspberry-Pi computers running Raspbian, Openframeworks open source toolkit, programming, modified LCD screen, Arduino Uno with 2.8" TFT display, anti-static bag, aluminium profiles, cables, cable glands, nuts, bolts, screws, wood, webbing, ratchet-straps, plasterboard, plastic window film, black carpet and adhesive., Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection, 2016

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: info@imma.ie.

About the Artist

Dennis McNulty b.1970

Dennis McNulty makes video works, sound works and installations, and in recent years, has produced a number of complex multi-layered performance works. His work is conceptual and research driven and often draws on aspects of cinema, sculpture, sound and performance to create hybrid forms. — View Artist »