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SWS23 2023

Inisheer Open Form Pavilion of Air / Pailliún Aeir i bhFoirm Oscailte Inis Oírr

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Trá Inis Oirr (Inisheer Blue Flag Beach), Inisheer, County Galway, Ireland


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An overview of the Open Form Pavilion of Air series via RTÉ Culture (Irish National broadcaster):

The Pailliún Aeir i bhFoirm Oscailte Inis Oírr (Inisheer Open Form Pavilion of Air) is a floating roof of sound across a section of the eastern end of the north coast beach (by the ferry) on Inis Oírr, triggered by GPS and accessed via a smartphone, headphones and the app. Inspired by Polish architects Oskar & Zofia Hansen’s “Open Form” architectural concept (ca. 1959), this audiowork is one of 15 locations in 9 countries in the pan-European Open Form Pavilion of Air series, using sound and site-mapping to offer a playful renewal and reframing of public space as an essential place of engagement for the community.

By walking through different zones near the eastern end of the beach, while using your mobile phone, the Echoes app and headphones, you become a participatory listener producing a composition in real-time. Your navigation creates a unique choreography via GPS, combining and changing sounds mapped along the site through the app. Hear this beachside location and its context become transformed by the sounds forming this floating acoustic architecture, revealing an immersive, profoundly spatial and physical experience. The Pavilion has no visible presence outside the app and can only be accessed and enjoyed at the site on Inis Oírr.


Developed in association with Áras Éanna Arts Centre, May 2023

APA style reference

Curgenven, R. (2023). Inisheer Open Form Pavilion of Air / Pailliún Aeir i bhFoirm Oscailte Inis Oírr. walk · listen · create.

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