For Immediate Release May 29, 2002

by Cliona Harmey and Dennis McNulty

Variablemedia is pleased to announce SeaPoint, the first project to be hosted at their site. SeaPoint is a collaborative Internet project by artist Cliona Harmey and electronic musician Dennis McNulty. Starting on June 9, 2002 with updates occurring daily, SeaPoint will run for a period of 28 days.

During each day of the project Harmey will record a 10 second digital video sample of the Irish Sea from a fixed location on shore at Seapoint on the south Dublin coast. She will process the day's recorded images into a video animation file and allocate this file a number and description from the Beaufort Scale. The Beaufort Scale (for use at sea) measures wind speed by observing the visual effects of wind on water and allocates a number ranging from 0 for calm conditions to 12 for a hurricane. This measurement for the day's images, combined with various chance procedures, will be applied to the concurrent audio recording in a resampling process devised by McNulty. These audio files will then be recombined with the video animation as a short Flash film.

The Beaufort Scale (for use at sea) is an adaptation of an original scale devised in 1806 by Irish born Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort. The visual descriptions of the water, used by this adaptation, are highly poetic e.g. #1 Scale-like ripples, #2 Small, short wavelets with glassy crests. The existence of this process reflects an attempt to understand natural phenomena through classification. Through the interplay of recordings, written classifications and digital processes, SeaPoint will evolve as an open-ended document, which blurs any strict categorization of nature or technology.

Cliona Harmey is an Irish artist who works with a variety of media such as video installation, photography and the Internet. Her current practice is primarily concerned with the recording and resampling of the minutiae of mutable natural phenomena. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and projects Internationally, including; 'Tis, State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, New York; Thaw 01, The Institute of Communication and Culture, Iowa; Vdor Break 21, Llubijana, Slovenia; The Reading Room, Catalyst Arts, Belfast. Cliona recently completed a residency at the Inkshop Printmaking Center Ithaca, New York. She lives in Dublin and works as a lecturer in Digital Media at Dunlaoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology.

Dennis McNulty works with sound in a variety of contexts. He has been making electronic music as half of 'Decal' for almost a decade and has developed numerous sound and music software and hardware systems. Previous projects include, Decompression 2 for The Captain's Road exhibition, Dublin; the development of an algorithm for generating non-repetitive rhythmic streams based on Markov chain analysis, for an installation by Ralf Nuhn and an audio performance using a Nanoloop Gameboy Sequencer at one of the Dublin Art and Technology Association's monthly DATA events. Decal have just released their third album '404 not found' on Planet-Mu records.

Artists Michelle Deignan and Simon Goodwin created Variablemedia in 2001 to explore notions of place, process, temporality and artistic practice. This London (UK) based organisation is now initiating a series of web projects involving internationally based artists. Artists will occupy the site for a period of between one and three months. This empty space is available for them to add to during their project's run. A criterion of these projects is that the artist's present work over time. aims to present the artists work in an unmediated form; all explanatory material and archives will be held at the sister site. Following SeaPoint is "My Voice in Your Head" by Edward Dorrian and Sally Morfill, which will commence on July 7th 2002.


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Links for Cliona Harmey:
Catalogue essay on Sequent solo exhibition at Arthouse, Dublin -
For comments on Harmey's residency in New York -

Links for Dennis McNulty:
Review of DATA3 -

Review of decal album '404 not found' -
The Captain's Road -