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Earth Rising, IMMA’s new Eco Art Festival, presents over 70 contributors, artist commissions, a dynamic talks programme, Seed STUDIO and showcases a stunning Built to Disappear eco pavilion sponsored by Lioncor and designed by Reddy Architecture + Urbanism. Over the three days, Earth Rising will plant the seeds of sustainability, enabling audiences of all ages to participate, discuss, experiment, and innovate. The festival, which focuses on citizens assembly, brings together a wide variety of eco artists, practitioners and activists from across the island of Ireland. An eclectic live music line up and a variety of food stalls will add to the energetic atmosphere on site promising an engaging and enjoyable free day out for everyone.

Central to the festival is the Built to Disappear project, a new site-specific pavilion, titled Éirigh, located in the IMMA Courtyard. Éirigh is the result of a dynamic partnership between Lioncor and Reddy Architecture + Urbanism to create a unique gathering space that uses environmentally conscious approaches to materials and assembly that highlight the relationship between the environment, art, architecture and construction.

A combination of over 70 unique contributions and interventions will take place over IMMA’s 48-acre site. Architects, storytellers, biologists, performers, designers, musicians and film makers will combine inspiring artistic interventions and civic exploration of eco creativity, with workshops, talks and events.

IMMA Talks brings together the festivals thought leadership platform, exploring the big issues and challenges of the day. Key note talks will be given by Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, author, consultant and entrepreneur who is building the Low Carbon Design Institute and Lucy Jones, author of Losing Eden, Why Our Minds Need the Wild.

Artist commissions include Kind Words Can Never Die, a visually stunning new site-specific installation created by artist Navine G. Dossos for the IMMA Courtyard; an immersive sonic installation by Em’kal Eyongakpa in the Formal Gardens; and the idiosyncratic seating structures found across the site, titled Y O U N G F O S S I L, created by Forerunner.

Seed STUDIO  will open its doors for three days to showcase research, practices and projects which have formed Seed STUDIO activities over the last six months.  A schedule of activities will include a premier and screenings of Emoe’s latest project Classroom in the Sun alongside an open space for those curious about Seed STUDIO.

Earth Rising is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and is presented in partnership with Lioncor.

 


Programme Highlights

Below is a list of the main highlights of Earth Rising. A full programme of events will be available for each day, please check back for further details.

Éirigh Eco Pavilion

Éirigh is the result of a dynamic partnership between Lioncor and Reddy Architecture + Urbanism to create a unique gathering space that uses environmentally conscious approaches to materials and assembly that highlight the relationship between the environment, art, architecture and construction.

The bespoke Built to Disappear site specific pavilion considers the theme of Earth Rising within the context of energy and how it is generated, used and valued. Constructed using willow stems, which is seen in indigenous woven architecture around the globe, can be locally grown and biodegrades back into the environment. The immersive nature of the pavilion will absorb the visitor in its materiality, lifecycle, energy consumption, durability and texture offering a contemplative and reflective space to consider climate change. For more information on Éirigh click here.


Kind Words Can Never Die

Kind Words Can Never Die, a visually stunning new site-specific installation by artist Navine G. Dossos, created for IMMA’s Courtyard as part of Earth Rising. The artwork transforms the colonnades of the Courtyard with a vibrant mural wall painting, offering a visual platform to stimulate open dialogue and creative thinking.

The work explores new psychological states that have emerged in response to a greater awareness of global and local climate change and was created throughout the month of July through a series of public workshops at IMMA. Inspired by the books Earth Emotions (2019) by Glenn Albrecht, and Thought Forms (1901) by Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater, these wall paintings explore how colour can be used to express emotional states, and make images of these complex feelings that can be both negative and positive responses to ecological change. For more information on Kind Words Can Never Die click here


Over 70 Contributors and Interventions

A combination of over 70 unique contributions and interventions will take place over IMMA’s 48-acre site. These include an immersive performance, Imaginarium’s: incubating wild futures, by the Breaking Cover Collective that communicates the urgency of the ongoing ecological crisis to reignite our relationship to earth. A performative essay by Luke Casserly, Distillation, that unearths the personal and hidden narratives of the Irish bog landscape, using scent and sound, is presented in association with the Goethe Institut. Artist Lisa Fingleton will present Drawing to Save the World, a workshop focused on food security and climate change through the medium of drawing. Seeking Refuge, a powerful interactive game exploring themes of migration, citizenship and the climate crisis is presented by Chinedum Muotto. Film screenings include Adrian O’Connell’s What are we building in there? a dive into data centres, their effect on our planet and our people. This is just a taster of what can be expected throughout the festival.

List of Contributors

Adrian O’Connell; Amy Brannigan; Andrew McSweeney; Angelica Atzin Garcia; Ann Ensor; BBEYOND; Breaking Cover Collective; Brianna Marshall Crowe; Catherine McDonald; Chinedum Muotto; David Ian Bickley & Hina Khan; ShamrockSpring (Caroline Kuyper, Deirdre Lane, Jane McCann, Niki Collier); Dorone Paris; Dóthain Collective (Darragh Wynne, Caitríona Kenny, Gary Tyrell & Ellen Hegarty); Éidín Griffin; Eileen Hutton & James Haughey; Elaine Garde & Garry Jones; Eleni Kolliopoulou; Elida Maiques; Elinor Sherwood; Emily Miller; Emmett Cathcart & Maya Cathcart; Friends of Ardee Bog; Helio León; Hi-Vis Witches (Heather Gray, Megan Scott, Sara Serpilli); Jasmin Märker, Connor McCrorie (Sporeshore), Courtney Tyler (Hips and Haws Wild Crafts), Josh Clarke, Emma Mckeever; Jenny Owens; John Conway; Karl Logge & Marta Romani; Katerina Gribkoff; Laura Flood; Laura Skehan & Claudia Breitschmid; Lieselle McMahon; Lisa Fingleton; Lucy Peters; Luke Casserly; Lynn Haughton; Mark Clare; Martha Cashman; Mia DiChiaro, Katherine Hall & Sinéad O’Connor; Mimi Seery; Mir Fitzgerald; Monkeyshine; Natasha Ariff & Laura Sheeran; Native Events; Nicholas Brown; Niki Collier; Nigel Wood; Noelle Gallagher; Oana Sânziana Marian; Patricia Kane; Rachel Dempsey; Rachel Druett & Laura Merren; Rebecca Tighe; Rediscovery Centre; Rennie Buenting; RE-PEAT (Bethany Copsey, Deirdre Lane, Frankie Turk, Lukas Fraser); Robert Coleman; Roisin Markham; Ros Burgin; Shannon Carroll & Rosie O’Reilly; Silke Michels & Tomasz Madajczak; Sinéad Curran ; Sonia Caldwell; Sophie von Maltzan; Spooky Beore; Stephen Roddy; Steven Doody; Sundara O’Higgins; Sylvia Maher; The Accidental Rapper; Tom Lane & Jessica Traynor ; Úna Keane; William Bock & Tomasz Madajczak.


IMMA Talks

IMMA Talks brings together the festivals thought leadership platform, exploring the big issues and challenges of the day. The talks programme includes Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino; a London-based author, consultant and entrepreneur with a background in design, who will deliver a talk on Saturday 22 October. She is building the Low Carbon Design Institute, exploring how creative professionals integrate climate change knowledge in their practice. Lucy Jones, author of Losing Eden, Why Our Minds Need the Wild will deliver a keynote talk on Sunday 23 October. Jones embarks on a fascinating journey through new scientific research that shows why forging a bond with nature is critical for our health and wellness, while also raising awareness about the alarming effects of its absence.


Seed STUDIO

Seed STUDIO will open its doors for three days to showcase research, practices and projects which have formed Seed STUDIO activities over the last six months. Seed STUDIO was conceived by artist Clodagh Emoe and piloted by IMMA to addresses an overwhelming need to explore new ways of deepening our connection with the natural world through individual and collective artistic practice/research that foregrounds nature and biodiversity. A schedule of activities will include a premier and repeated screenings of Emoe’s latest project Classroom in the Sun alongside an open space for those curious about Seed STUDIO.


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