IMAGINES has won a prestigious SILVER ICAD AWARD as one of the best pieces of Irish Design 2016!
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This limited edition, bespoke book brings together four scores by Irish composer Benjamin Dwyer, poems by Kimberly Campanello, commentary by NDP editor / publisher Jonathan Creasy and viola performance by Garth Knox. The book was designed by Rossi McAuley and his Distinctive Repetition studio (Raglan Rd., Dublin).
Each book in the first edition of 84 copies was used in performance and exhibition at the Barrow River Arts Festival, Borris House, Co. Carlow, May 16 - 17 2015 (curated by Maya Homburger and Barry Guy). Knox and Campanello premiered the piece at the launch.
Dwyer's score and Campanello's poems were written in response to the enigmatic sheela-na-gig carvings found in Ireland. The two artists traveled through the country documenting what they found and making field recordings and drawings. They completed the pieces in the Heinrich Böll Cottage, Achill, Co. Mayo.
The score features many 'extended techniques' mastered by Garth Knox, one of the finest violists in the world. Dwyer composed the piece specifically for Knox, whose performance is indispensable.
After gathering the material, NDP editor and publisher Jonathan Creasy brought the project to designer Rossi McAuley, who created an entirely unique 'musical typography' based on Dwyer's hand-written scores. Creasy authored text that runs through the book, amid poems, scores and photographs.
This book is an art object, designed to maintain the mysteries of its subject.
Purchase of Imagines includes access to a studio recording of the piece (samples above), produced by Benjamin Dwyer and Jonathan Creasy, recorded in London by Joe Leach at Cow Shed Studio. The recordings were mixed and mastered by David Young, Widget Studios, Philadelphia.
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