ECO SHOWBOAT at Belturbet

ECO SHOWBOAT at Belturbet

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Belturbet Marina

Belturbet Marina

Belturbet

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With Ben Malone, Community Water Officer for Cavan, Monaghan and Louth with LAWPRO, and a performance by Earthman Bob

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THE ECO SHOWBOAT EXPEDITION 2022

ARTISTS UNDERTAKE SOLAR POWERED EXPEDITION ON THE SHANNON TO SPARK CLIMATE ACTION THROUGH THE ARTS

The Eco Showboat Mayfly expedition is a four month arts voyage from Limerick to Enniskillen on the Mayfly, the flagship of the Eco Showboat project, and the first solar electric boat to make this journey.

On Sunday 14 August the Mayfly will dock at Belturbet Marina. You are invited to join us for this wonderful afternoon of art, conversation and workshops.

15:45

Waterside conversation with Ben Malone

Ben Malone is Community Water Officer for Cavan, Monaghan and Louth with LAWPRO. He will talk to us about the new River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2022-2027, what it means for our environment and local river catchments, and what communities are doing across the border region to become more involved in the protection and restoration of water quality and biodiversity

16:30

"Earthman Bob" - an artistic avatar of artist Robert Fitzgerald - is a poet-astronaut performing a spoken word piece inspired by "the overview effect", a term used to describe the cognitive shift that astronauts experience when they see the world from outer space.

17:00

SLOW LOOKING

Workshop with the Eco Showboat artists

Cleary and Connolly believe that learning begins with looking. Looking closely at things - for the purposes of observation and accurate documentation, or just for the simple pleasure of engaging your mind with the world - affords a deeper learning experience by fixing attention and setting up a remarkably complex and active investigation that begins with the eye and progressively engages the whole mind. The Slow Looking workshop invites you to use a range of simple viewing devices - bug boxes and magnifying glasses - to observe closely samples of biodiversity found on site, and to draw these using the materials provided, in a relaxed atmosphere conducive to conversation.

18:00

RIVER MOVIE - First Scenes

Screening

River Movie will record the first expedition of the Mayfly - a series of encounters with artists, activists and scientists as we travel upriver from Limerick to Enniskillen, discovering the beauty of the Shannon and the Erne waterways, exploring scientific and artistic ideas for how we can save this environment from everything that threatens it today - pollution, invasive and endangered species, climate change… Using a 4k drone, a 4k gimbal camera, an IR camera and other devices for macro-photography and sound recording, River Movie will document a unique collaboration of art and science addressing the great problem of our time.

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