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A black silhouette of an individual sits in front of a projected heavily textured background. The combination of the colours resemble the pool of rainbow colours following an oil spill. The iridescence illumination merges from the centre of the screen bursting outwards in asynchronous waves. In front of the seated individual is an ipad in their periphery on a stand.

Well Festival: ‘Augmented Body, Altered Mind’ and Climate Change and Disability Talk

14 - 15 Feb 2024, 6:30 pm - 5:00 pm (Past)

Garter Lane Arts Centre, 22a O'Connell Street, Trinity Without, Waterford

As part of the Augmented Body, Altered Mind tour, the exhibition will travel to Garter Lane, Waterford as part of the Well Festival of Arts & Wellbeing.

Update 13 February: Climate Change and Disability, a public talk with AlanJames Burns on 14 February has unfortunately been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Patrons of Well Fest are encourages to attend the public exhibition ‘Augmented Body, Altered Mind’ on Thursday 15 February.

AlanJames Burns produces collaborative, interactive, socially engaged and site-specific exhibitions. The focal points of their artistic and curatorial practice are disability, climate change and the human mind. There are two events with AlanJames Burns as part of the Well Festival of Arts & Wellbeing.

Climate Change and Disability, a Public Talk by AlanJames Burns on Wednesday 14 February at 6.30pm, and public access to the exhibition Augmented Body, Altered Mind on Thursday 15 February from 3.30pm to 5pm.

Admission is free, but places limited. Booking is highly recommended by visiting garterlane.ie or telephoning 051 855 038.

Augmented Body, Altered Mind is a collaborative, interactive artwork that weaves a brain-computer interface with a projected audiovisual environment discussing the effect of climate change on people with lived experience of disability, with a particular focus on neurodivergence and the unique perspectives that these communities have on climate change. Augmented Body, Altered Mind examines correlations between the natural world, neurology, philosophy, and neurodivergence. By wearing a Brain-Computer Interface headset, the audience becomes immersed in evocative imagery and soundscapes as their brainwaves guide undulating, amorphous visuals and scripted audio-dialogue to shift and merge.

For accessibility and know before you go information, visit AlanJames’ website alanjamesburns.com.

Artist’s statement: AlanJames Burns, is a neurodivergent and environmental artist and curator producing interactive, socially engaged and site-specific exhibitions. The focal points of their artistic practice are disability, climate change and the human mind. AlanJames Burns works highly collaboratively with other visual artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers and scientists through their projects.

The artwork has been co-created by AlanJames Burns (lead artist), Carys D. Coburn and Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan (writing), Michael Riordan (composition), and collective Ibragim (digital visuals).

This event at Garter Lane is funded by an Arts Council of Ireland Touring Award 2022 and Creative Ireland under the Creative Climate Action Strand 2: Ignite, 2023-2025. The project was first commissioned by Carlow Arts Festival 2022 following the earlier development of a prototype Open Mind, Closed System for Carlow Arts Festival 2021. The work was developed further for The Earth Vision London 2022. The project has been funded and supported by Arts Council of IrelandArts and Disability IrelandArts Council England and Insight Centre for Data Analytics DCU.

Well Festival is presented by Garter Lane Arts CentreWaterford Healing Arts and Waterford City & County Libraries, and is funded by the Arts Council, the HSE and Waterford City & County Council.


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