Slowtime – Online Workshops with David Beatty – 6 Mar

Void Gallery is delighted to announce Slowtime by David Beattie – the second Void Offsites commission generously funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

David Beattie’s sculptural commission addresses place, the environment, and our relationship to time through the rhythm of the tides. Beattie places community participation at the heart of the project; inviting the local community to consider the ebb and flow of the river, encouraging participants to rethink their relationship with the river and their natural environment, prompting introspection and an examination of personal and collective histories.

In this period of lockdown, the river has become a central point, giving people access to nature and to commune with the idea of slowing down. In Rebecca Solnit’s booking, Wanderlust: A History of Walking, she says, “The rhythm of walking generates a kind of rhythm of thinking, and the passage through a landscape echoes or stimulates the passage through a series of thoughts. This creates an odd consonance between internal and external passage, one that suggests that the mind is also a landscape of sorts and that walking is one way to traverse it. A new thought often seems like a feature of the landscape that was there all along, as though thinking were traveling rather than making.”

Conceptually examining the in-between space through the intertidal zone of the River Foyle in Derry, Slowtime is a project that will span a period of several months in 2021. It consists of a number of related elements; a temporary sonic event to mark the high and low tides of the river in summer 2021, a series of workshops and walking engagements that will invite the local community to listen to the river and find ways of exploring their locality through sound, and working alongside acoustic ecologists and marine scientists to gather data on the marine life and anthropogenic sounds from below the surface of the river. The intention is to create an interdisciplinary project based on the River Foyle that would propose an immeasurable gap between human behaviour and the natural world, an interconnected network of living and non-living things.

During the continued lockdown, the project will begin with a series of online workshops, the first taking place on the 6th of March at 11am – you can book now by visiting our website or following this link. The artist will introduce the project and invite participants to begin the process using their personal smartphones or recording devices for the first number of sessions. A dedicated equipment lending library will be available from the gallery as the project develops through March and April – in line with public health advice. Stay tuned to our social media for further information @derryvoid.

David Beattie
David Beattie is a visual artist and lecturer based in Dublin, Ireland. Often assembled from a variety of everyday materials, his work attempts to provide a framework for assessing our daily surroundings and is manifested through sculpture, installation, sound and photography. Recent projects have focused on the social and environmental impact of digital technologies and machine learning.

He was awarded the Harpo Foundation Award in 2010 and was a recipient of the Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection in 2016. Recent exhibitions include The Glucksman (2019); Berlin Opticians (2018+19); CCA Derry-Londonderry (2017); and Irish Museum of Modern Art (2017).

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