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My Death

McIntyre, Mary (2008) My Death. St. John's Priory, Kilkenny. [Exhibition]

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URL: http://www.kilkennyarts.ie/downloads/KilkennyProgramme2008.pdf


Commissioned for the Kilkenny Arts Festival, this looped audio work (duration 8 minutes 25 seconds) was created specifically to be sited in St. John’s Priory, a thirteenth-century Augustinian chapel. A male narrator, speaking in a dispassionate tone of voice, recounts a litany of flaws. Less negative, personal attributes are dispersed throughout the body of the monologue, but it is the narrator’s shortcomings that seem to dominate. Locating this work within the context of a priory, the site itself brought a number of additional associations to the audio work, thus the piece was presented solely as an audio installation, with the building itself providing visual context. This work investigated contemporary explorations of the sublime, particularly as constructed in cinema and theatre, to make connections between interior (personal / psychological) and exterior (natural / phenomenological) understandings of the sublime. In its use of language, the piece engages with writers and dramatists such as, Samuel Beckett and James Kelman.

Item Type:Exhibition
Keywords:Audio, site-specific, narrator, monologue, inner dialogue.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute > Art and Context
Art and Design Research Institute
Location:St. John's Priory, Kilkenny
Date:8 August 2008
ID Code:2642
Deposited By: Miss Mary McIntyre
Deposited On:17 Dec 2009 09:57
Last Modified:19 Apr 2013 09:58

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