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Palimpsest Multimedia Installation



John Galvin and Mark Carberry

John Galvin and Mark Carberry

Palimpsest, a technologically ambitious and methodologically innovative audio-visual installation, comes to Dance Limerick from Aug 31st to Sept 14th.


Created by John Galvin (Visual Artist), John Greenwood (Sonic Artist) and Mark Carberry (Choreographer), Palimpsest, comprises both a large-scale multimedia installation and four unique choreographed performances.


The architectural space of Dance Limerick (St. John’s Church) is re-imagined as a recording device – one that has stored traces of the memories and experiences of the inhabitants of Limerick City over the centuries. The title of the installation, Palimpsest, conceptualises the walls of the architectural space as being composed of densely layered traces of the ‘lived moments’ of those who have used the space throughout its existence.


These fragments of memory are then ‘released’ from the walls through an immersive and multi-layered audio-visual experience. The interior of the church has been transformed through large scale visual projections and a constantly evolving soundscape. Both the visual and sonic elements have been specifically designed for the space. The intention is to create a space that is both meditative and immersive – a slowly evolving installation that encourages the audience to spend time with the work: echoing the building’s original purpose.


The performances introduce a human presence to the work, allowing the multiple layers of the installation to interact with each other: the imagery, soundscape and the performer. These performances are the result of a collaborative dialogue between the artists and the London dance artist Alexandra Baybutt.


There are three performances remaining: two matinee previews on Friday 12th September at 5pm and Saturday 13th September at 11 am. The live performance finale is on Sunday 14th Sept at 6 pm. Entrance to the matinee shows is €6, while tickets to the finale are €10.


Entrance to the exhibition is free and it is open Mon to Sat 2-6 pm.


Palimpsest is presented in association with Dance Limerick and Limerick City of Culture under the Made in Limerick strand.


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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.