Idir: Audio Trail & Zine
Fri. 19 - Sun. 21 November
Zine released Thu. 18 November.
jenn_dream_cycles, Clíona Ni Laoi,
Olivia Furey, Natalia Beylis,
Fulacht Fiadh, Katie Kim
Séan Hickey, Paul Corrigan,
Kim Kennedy, Mary Looby and Alice Lyons
Interior art by Faerie Lord,
Additional art by Donal Adams,
Cover art by Roisin Tree,
Layout by Adam Rooke and Pulled
Zine curated and edited by Adam Rooke
Audio trail curated by Edel Doherty
Produced by Spilt Milk Festival
Idir is an audio trail and zine in which musicians, writers, and artists will guide you on a walk to the outskirts of Sligo, taking in sights and sounds not often noticed by tourists or by locals. Along the way you’ll meet the Garavogue river and it’s cast of birds and mammals, alien motherships, memories of those gone and mysterious frog people!
The trail features audio pieces by Clíona Ní Laoi, Fulacht Fiadh, jenn_dream_cycles, Katie Kim, Olivia Furey & Natalia Beylis tapping into the history and ecology of the area which can be accessed via QR code along the route – bring your own headphones to listen along. While stories from Alice Lyons and Paul Corrigan, essays from Mary Looby and Sean Hickey and narrative visual work from Kim Kennedy and the Faerie Lord collective cast Sligo in a new light and capture it’s soggy beauty at the close of the year.
Available throughout the weekend, the zine is available to purchase from Bookmart on Bridge Street, where the trail begins, and includes a map to find the audio pieces. Remaining copies will be available on Bandcamp after the festival.
Clíona Ní Laoi is an Irish experimental artist and musician working with sound, performance and moving-image. She uses ritual performance, electronics, live analogue media, contact mics, hydrophones, feedback, water, her body, live amplification & spoken word to create poetic and emotionally charged works. She writes and performs music in industrial bands Salac, All Times Now Nothing , Dreamgirls, & feminist noise trio The Healers . She performs solo under the alias mama matrix, with an accompanying monthly radio show on Dublin Digital Radio. She is a member of record-label AVON TERROR CORPS , a collective of artists working with avant-garde music, performance and activism. She is a recipient of the Music Bursary Award (2020) and the Next Generation Award (2021) from The Arts Council of Ireland.
Fulacht Fiadh was excavated from the mind-bog of Ivan Pawle during pandemic lockdown in 2020CE. Its precise function remains unknown. Thrives in shed-like environments and on south-facing slopes.
Jenn_dream_cycles is a multi-disciplinary artist working with sound production, performance and installation. Her practice is informed by areas including hydrofeminism, situated knowledge and politics of relation. Much of her work is collaborative, evolving through Irish DIY music and art communities and organisations over recent years. Her works include site specific performance (Cork City Gaol, 2018), scores for moving image (Yoga for The Eyes, 2019) and exhibition (Waterbodies, Catalyst Belfast, 2020) as well as solo releases with record labels in Ireland and the Netherlands. Her most recent music release Channels of Time was published by Irish label wherethetimegoes in August 2021. She has played lovingly as DJ for DIY spaces, clubs, galleries, churches and canals across Ireland.
Born in London, based in Dublin, Katie Sullivan has been making music as Katie Kim for over 15 years. Mood is central to the expansive musical landscape of Katie Kim. Darkened corners, icy atmospheres and hypnotic knife edge soundscapes. Piano chords stretch to infinity, cinematic in scope and tectonic in delivery. A slowcore waltz at the bottom of the ocean.
Natalia Beylis was born in Kiev, Ukraine, raised in Baltimore, USA and is now settled into the boggy rural countryside of Leitrim. She creates sonic stories in which she layers seemingly incongruous sounds atop of each other to spawn strange juxtapositions and garbled parallels. Beylis is fascinated by the musicality of the seemingly mundane.
Olivia Furey is an Irish performance and sound artist based in Scotland. Olivia takes on a disruptive and hysterical persona in her performances, who engages vocally with audiences in a challenging and absurd manner. Her persona also involves being an amateur musician who plays electric guitar and invents instruments. Olivia has performed at festivals such as the BBC’s Tectonics, Radiophrenia, and Supernormal. She has also opened for the likes of Gross Net, Robocobra Quartet, and Just Mustard.