Brian Fay and Donal Siggins
Dead but not buried! Morse code came alive again in enCODEd, a multimedia exhibition by visual artist Brian Fay and composer Donal Siggins. From the Titanic to the capture of Doctor Crippen, Morse code originally developed in 1844 by the American fine art painter Samuel F.B. Morse and in February 1999 was officially declared a dead language, still holds an enduring place in the public imagination and a great significance to this island nation.
EnCODEd, consisted of monochromic drawings and a computer generated score presening tiny fragments of material which undergo a process of mass iteration in order to create large-scale self-replicating visual and musical structures. A further spatial dimension is employed where individual sounds can move independently of one another within a space created by 8 loudspeakers. Through parallel working processes, the piece attempts to explore fluctuating relationships between the visual and aural, the use of new and old technologies, indeterminacy and order in form and the function and status of drawing as a language of communication.
EnCODEd opened in the Context Gallery, Derry, on 11 December 2004. The exhibition then traveled to the Project Arts Centre, Dublin, where it opened on 21 February running til 26 February 2005. EnCODEd originated out of a call for collaborative projects in 2002 by the Context Gallery, Derry and the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland (CMC). “It is an exciting new departure for the Contemporary Music Centre to engage in interdisciplinary work in such a direct way,” says Karen Hennessy, Promotion Manager, CMC. “It has been a pleasure to work with the Context Gallery on this sound and vision project and we look forward to future collaborations of this kind.”
Donal Siggins, Musician and composer, was born in Dublin, he studied music at UCC and music and media technologies at TCD. His work in digital music has seen a particular interest in algorithmic and realtime computer composition. The present work represents his first exploration into the area of multichannel sound spatialisation.
Brian Fay is an artist and lecturer in fine art at the Dublin Institute of Technology. To date Fay has worked in a variety of disciplines including drawing, installation and digital video. His work has recently been included in COE 2004 (Claremorris Open Exhibition); Perspective, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast (2003); Haunted, Civil Arts Inquiry, City Arts Centre, Dublin (2003); US Live, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin (2003); 6×6 for Ireland, 411 Gallery and Eastlink Gallery, China (2003). He is currently exhibiting in the Drawing the Line exhibition at The Orleans House Gallery in London.
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