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ECO SHOWBOAT at Shannonbridge: Screening & Performance

ECO SHOWBOAT at Shannonbridge: Screening & Performance

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Shannonbridge Fort & Cafe

Raghrabeg

N37 XT54 Raherbeg

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At Shannonbridge we screen a film documenting the River Shiven and host 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 Saturday 28th MAY the Mayfly will dock at Shannonbridge. You are invited to join us for this wonderful afternoon of art, conversation and workshop.

14:30

SACRED PLACES

Waterside conversation

Photographer Kevin O'Dwyer talks about his work Sacred Places which follows the Pilgrims Road (Slí Mhór) from the 6th century monastic ruins at Lemanaghan through Boher, the home of Ireland’s finest reliquary Saint Manchan Shrine, to the monastic site of Clonmacnoise along the River Shannon. The roadway has been used by pilgrims for centuries as they travelled along the Esker Riada, a continuous raised glacial ridge on the landscape formed over 12,000 years ago. The Esker Riada and the River Shannon formed a natural ‘crossroads’ in the heart of Ireland providing pilgrims easy access through the bogs and the waterways to important centres of learning and devotion.

15:30

THE RIVER SHIVEN

Projection

This is the story of the River Shiven, as it makes its way from Cloonshivna through various townlands, the villages of Newbridge, Ballinamore Bridge and Trihill to the Wildfowl Sanctuary at Muckanagh near Ballygar where it meets the River Suck. Hearing from the Catchment Officer for Co. Galway, a Blue Dot Scientist and ranger from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, this film explores many aspects of the river with the aim of highlighting environmental awareness of this beautiful river running through our landscape. Blue Dot waters are our best quality waters. They have the highest ecological quality of all our waters and often a greater diversity of species that are sensitive to pollution. These rivers have a natural physical form that has not been changed much by human activities. High status waters very often serve as tributaries and headwaters for larger downstream water bodies. This location in the catchment means that high status headwaters have a positive effect on downstream water bodies. They can also serve as an ark where sensitive species survive during pollution events and can then recolonise the polluted water downstream when it is restored.

15:45

ARTFARM

Waterside conversation

Sheila Flanagan of the Artfarm Collective, based in East Galway, talks to Anne and Denis about her own rural ecological art practice and introduces them to some local history relating to rivers, peat and power.

16.15

EARTHMAN BOB

Performance

"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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