Sat 18th June
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12 noon, Saturday 18th June 2016
The National Trust Visitor Centre, Divis & the Black Mountain, Hannahstown, near Belfast,
Homing pigeons are the original messengers and relayers and Colm Clarke has used pigeons as a point of inspiration for HOME AGAIN – a project in two parts. He is interested in the loft constructions that house the birds, the pigeon clubs as social spaces and the enormous distance these birds navigate in their flight back to captivity. LOFTS is a film about homing pigeons and pigeon fanciers shown with an installation of pigeon hampers that will receive and broadcast a live feed from two lofts in the city below. The second element of the project – ELSEWHERE – uses audio interviews with refugees and asylum seekers to articulate some of their experiences of displacement and new beginnings in their own words.
Radio Relay is a schedule of new artworks co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, and Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast. From the world’s first radio broadcast during the Easter Rising to the first trench-radio experiments in the Battle of the Somme, radio technology has played an important role. From 17th to 20th June 2016, Radio Relay tunes into the magic of radio with new commissions from Graham Fagen, Paddy Bloomer, Colm Clarke, Philip Hession, Gareth Moore, Sara Morrison and Mhairi Sutherland. Join us at one of the Radio Relay sites, tune in at home or experience extracts at www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk.
Colm Clarke is an artist based in Belfast creating actions, sonic
scores and situations. Colm develops his work as a tactile strategy
with collaboration, humour and interventions. Colm is a member of
Queen Street Studios and Bbeyond performance collective.
Colm would like to thank The National Trust at Divis & Black Mountain, the pigeon fanciers and clubs for LOFT. NICRAS and those who participated in ELSEWHERE.