Making Journeys without Maps.
Opening Thurs 08.10.09
Several threads of an ongoing project come together. Tracing the paths of migrating birds linking Ireland, Iceland and the Arctic. How do they navigate their journeys? There is a poetic strand looking at human and aviary connection or collision. The working process explores migration and travel as a pursuit of desire.
Aoife Desmond will use the residency period at Space Delawab to anchor this ongoing project within the context of her new surroundings. Using Super 8 film, an Olympus stills camera and a note book she will physically map a series of drift walks. She will present this new work in the context of previous drift walks from Dublin, Wexford and Iceland.
By following these migration paths the artists paths of movement by foot, bus, boat etc become intertwined. The artist juxtaposes a personal migration or temporary nomadic route with that of the birds more established and fixed paths. This temporary route leads inevitably to multiple wastelands, to the sea, to the docks. Within these areas of transition accidental nature reserves emerge between new buildings, historical ruins, scrap yards and large monuments of construction and travel.