MENE, TEKEL, PERES. W.
Staying in to play
My Voice in Your Head
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 www.variablemedia.org 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 www.variablemedia.org 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. Variablemedia.org
aims to present the artists work in an unmediated form; all explanatory
material and archives will be held at the sister www.variablemedia.info
site. Following SeaPoint is "My Voice in Your Head" by
Edward Dorrian and Sally Morfill, which will commence on July 7th
For further information please contact
[A Word version of this press release is available on request.]
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 -