Parallel Play (Phase 1) 
An exhibition of works by Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell


Objects and people seem to appear, disappear or morph into one another as lights are turned on and off. During Parallel Play the Project Space will become a temporary playroom for misdirection inspired by Pepper’s Ghost. It is an optical illusion popularised by John Pepper during the Victorian era, widely used in theatres, museums, Teleprompters, carnival sideshows and haunted houses. Separated from the audience and without knowledge of what each other is doing or when they can be seen, performers relinquish control over the images created by the actions that unfold. The audience is left to reconcile the metamorphosis, cluttered with gaps and coincidences.

Throughout the exhibition you are invited to play with the construction and materials, helping to instigate the first phase of this research. The artist will be present on the 8th and 14th March for informal experiments and discussion about the project.

About the artist: 

Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell (b.1983, Belfast) investigates ways of engaging people in creative expression through co-operative play. Recent presentations include Catalyst Campsite, SCOPE 2013 and the Site-Exploratory Arts Residency. Sinéad is a member of Bbeyond and Pollen. She is currently based between Belfast and Oxford whilst completing post-graduate studies in Art Room


The Arts Council of Northern Ireland ACES award supports this project.

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