Laura Skehan: Future Distant Memory Calls

Friday 25 August – Sunday 29 October 2023
Laura Skehan: Future Distant Memory Calls | Friday 25 August – Sunday 29 October 2023 | Roscommon Arts Centre | Image: photo of a leafy and mossy undergrowth; a slightly leaning fencepost almost bisects the image vertically; we see two strands of barbed wire snaking across the image from left to top right, disappearing briefly behind the fencepost

At Roscommon Arts Centre, A Future Distant Memory Calls will be an exhibition of video, sound and sculpture, an installation suspending the viewer in a space with extracted moments of time, using a variety of media, motifs, and devices to analyse how agriculture, architecture, colonialism, extraction and the quest for knowledge have been elemental to climate breakdown. The work will illustrate the push/pull dynamism of human and non-human entities, of nature and technology and of culture and science, highlighting these challenges by exploring modes of display and motifs of containment, control and utility. Through a large aluminium and resin greenhouse façade, a sculpture work referencing ancient Neolithic structures in the land stands in front of projected film at the back of gallery, exploring the changing landscapes and ecologies of Ireland. The film, featuring painted visuals by Serena Caulfield, will take us on a cyclical journey, exploring moment and myth. Inspired by the ‘rock cycle’ phases, the work questions historical narratives and picks apart ideas of time, relics of culture and forms in the landscape – a past, present and future melted, crystalized, eroded, calcified and deposited, asking in the absence of a linear timeline, what exactly is our relationship to the landscape and its entities? The audio will be made with contributions from with three international composers, Clíona Ní Laoi, Masaya Ozaki and Banu Çiçek Tulu. Asking them to reflect on their own experiences of migration, adapting, rooting and growing, these composers will form sonic responses to biodata (recording the microcurrent across the leaves and translating to sound) of indigenous Irish migrating plants that I have collected over the past two years in Dublin, Reykjavik and Berlin, exploring symbiosis of species migration.

Artist’s talk with Laura Skehan and Valeria Cregini, Friday 13 October at 6:30pm • Valeria Ceregini is an Italian art historian and visual arts curator based in Ireland.

Supported by the Creative Ireland Roscommon Programme

Friday 25 August – Sunday 29 October 2023
Roscommon Arts Centre
Circular Road
Roscommon Town
Telephone: +353 90 6625824
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Admission / price: Free

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