Woman in the Machine @ Carlow Arts Festival

Woman in the Machine @ Carlow Arts Festival

Saturday, 12 June 2021, 12.00pm

Co-Created by Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL Carlow.
Presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh


In an industrial site at the edge of a regional town, the rhythm of machines and people stopped a long time ago. A giant landmark – an edifice, sat impatiently, waiting for someone to hit play and turn it on again. Vast spaces were idle and still, air vents flapped and rattled furiously. We are bringing sound to this place, turning up the bass, lighting the shadows… the rats have run from their quiet corners, the air has changed and something brand new is vibrating. A 72 hour lost weekend unfolds.

Woman in the Machine, co-created by VISUAL and Carlow Arts Festival, will unfold through film, exhibitions, sound works, light installations, digital native events, a 360 virtual exhibition space, performances, talks and community engagement projects created in response to Carlow’s landmark former Braun site, and inspired by the film about female pioneers in sound Sisters With Transistors by Lisa Rovner and women working at the intersections of art, science and digital media.

Woman in the Machine is part of Carlow Arts Festival 2021, VISUAL’s Summer Programme and presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit www.brighteningair.com

With thanks to Sean Gallagher and Clyde Real Estate

Sound + Light — Invited + Commissioned
Jenn Kirby / Sarah Jane Sheils / Kate Butler / Jennifer Walshe / ensembÉal / Elizabeth Hilliard

Visual Arts — Invited + Commissioned Work
Chloe Brennan / Michelle Doyle and the Digital Druids / Barbara Knežević / Nadia Armstrong / Elaine Byrne / Caroline Campbell / Kate Fahey / Judy Foley / Fiona Harrington / Jeanette Lowe / Linda McCann / Colin Martin / Eleanor McCaughey / Fiona Mc Donald / Tara McGinn/ Niamh McGuinne/ Ida Mitrani / Meadbh O’Connor / Paul O ‘Neill / Liliane Puthod / Amanda Rice / Katherine Sankey

Arts Council Collection
Lucy Andrews / Rhona Byrne / Maria Farrington / Niamh McCann, Maria McKinney / Helen McMahon / Margaret O’Brien / Fiona Reilly / Lorraine Tuck

Film + Digital — Invited + Commissioned Work
George Bolster / Josephin Böttger / Ciara del Grosso / Umay Gunes Kurtulan / Jennifer Moore / Sharon Phelan / Susanne Radelhof / Lisa Rovner /

Performance — Invited + Commissioned Work
Mish Mash & Reckless Ross / Seve Feathers / Sibéal Davitt / Spraoí Waterford / Prymary Colours / Tumble Circus / Chancleta & Carla Rod

Engaging with Architecture
Emma Geoghegan and 4th year students from TU Dublin School of Architecture

Woman in the Machine – taking over VISUAL, the behemoth former Braun factory and digital platforms features 50 original arts projects and the work of hundreds of artists. It will unfold through film, exhibitions, sound works, light installations, digital native events, a 360 virtual exhibition space, performances, talks and community engagement projects.

Included when you book:

Access the grounds of the former Braun site to experience the film 72 Hour Lost Weekend film – created onsite.
Visit the exhibition including all commissioned works from Woman in the Machine, and the Bruan archive at VISUAL.
Please note – due to Covid restrictions this ticket does not include access inside the factory at Braun. This is an outdoor experience, please wear weather appropriate clothing. There are no toilet facilities on site.

Extend your experience. The following are accessible without a ticket:

Woman In The Machine exhibition at VISUAL including all commissioned works.
The Braun Archive at VISUAL where you can share you memories and memorabilia
Access to our specially commissioned 360 immersive interactive online Alt space
Digitally native and sound work, music and film at www.womaninthemachine.com
View a specially commissioned lighting up of the outside of the Braun factory after 10pm 11-13 June
Experience Engage with Architecture around the perimeter fence of the Braun site
Tickets for the filmed event at the former Braun site [ 11-13 June ] are available to book for €5.

Due to Covid-19 Government restrictions, capacity is limited to 15 people per time-slot, so early booking is advised.

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