Visual Art: D-Light Studios are presenting an interactive sensory experimental installation
14 Dec - 20 Nov 2023 (Past)
- Relaxed Performance
The Centre for Creative Practices and D-Light Studios present the SOUP OF THE DAY, a solo show of short, experimental films, happenings and installations by visual artist, environmentalist and activist – Leia Mocan.
THE MASS OF DARKNESS is a series of immersive, interactive sculptural works to be experienced through touch only. Visitors will explore the pieces in darkness, relying on senses other than sight and promoting a unique perception and empathy with those who are visually impaired. This initiative strives to forge a deeper connection and dialogue around inclusivity and accessibility.
Opening on the 14 December untill 21 December 2023
Climate change, human nature and otherness are the main topics of Leia’s recent works in which she presents her commitment to sustainability and ongoing exploration of her Romanian heritage and personal identity. A sharp wit, exaggeration and visual experiments are the characteristics of the artistic language. Leia uses upcycled materials to produce her works.
Curated by Monika Sapielak
Daily opening hours: 12 – 6 pm
The show features six experimental films produced between 2019 and 2023, an immersive installation, THE MASS OF DARKNESS and a life performance by the artist THE DIARY OF A COTTON THREAD, that will be shown on the opening night, the 14 th of December, followed by an artist’s talk.
INSTRUCTIONS I, 2019, duration: 3 min, 58 sec, depicting the consequences of “not looking back” and our destructive behaviour in relation to the natural world.
SOUP OF THE DAY, 2020, 2 min,43 sec. This work focuses on the plastic and microplastic pollution destroying the seas and infiltrating our bodies.
StopWearingDeadSkin 2019, 3 min,08 sec and the sculptural installation DEAD SKIN are a protest against the unsustainable practices of the fast fashion industry, simultaneously advocating against the exploitation of child labour.
BLUE/ ALBASTRU / AZUL / NEELAM, 2023, 16 min, 06 sec, a collaborative piece between Leia Mocan (visual artist), Subhashini Goda (professional dancer, academic, and poet), and Cleide Regina (filmmaker & visual artist) interlaid with original spoken word poems in Romanian/ Portuguese/ Tamizh / English and including a dance piece that using the idiom of Bharatanatyam.
Umbilical Cord,2020, 2019, 14 min, 39 sec. The work explores the metamorphosis of the artist’s self- shifting identity, recalling the unique historical conditions and events in Communist Romania of 1987. It reflects upon the continuous migration of the self, which is expressed through witness testimonials and historical and found imagery.
New Umbilical, 2021,4 min, 37 sec. This work explores an invisible cord linking individual artists through their art. This is also a connection between the two cultures: Romanian and Irish. The artists Leia and Barbara O’Meara collaborated over nine months to create a physical textile piece using recycled material, hand-sewn to represent an umbilical connection.