The Ancestors

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Garden House, Kilruddery Demesne West, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland

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Duration90 minutes
CostFree to download but subject to an entry fee to get access to the Killruddery estate

The Ancestors explores a hauntology of the Killruddery House & Gardens archives, using records belonging to the Brabazon family as source material to produce a complex sound collage of re-enactment, musical ambience, and field recordings accompanied by the voice of a ghostly poet-philosopher, “The Keeper of the Archives”.

Artist Joseph Young has been peripatetically in-residence at Killruddery since 2019 as part of a practice-based PhD at SMARTlab UCD, supported by the Irish Research Council. During this time, he has collected hundreds of hours of binaural field recordings gleaned from soundwalking the estate, talking to the family, becoming intimate with the architecture, landscape and the archives.

The resulting hauntological sound trail utilises geo-location inspired by so-called ‘Stone Tape Theory’ to summon the sonic revenants of the archive within the grounds of the estate. Stone Tape Theory asserts that the phenomena of ghosts can be understood as ancient “tape recordings” captured by old buildings through a form of sound writing or inscription, and that through technological intervention, these spectres can be replayed as if they were archive recordings.

The Ancestors is hosted on Echoes.xyz.

Joseph Young

Joseph Young

Joseph is an artist and a specialist in the binaural recording technique. He is interested in what the contemporary soundscape can reveal about the prevailing social climate. He has exhibited and performed at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Jerwood Hastings in ...

Near Garden House, Kilruddery Demesne West, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland

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