Dirty Water

Uisce Salach

Uisce Salach, Dirty Water

Background

Uisce Salach (Dirty Water) is a collaborative sound art project about contested water issues in Ireland. We are initiating a collaborative art process, creating a significant citizen’s art-science project inspired by water analyses from domestic water supplies, from the River Liffey, its tributaries in Dublin City and from Dublin Port.

The key aim of the project is to enable citizens living and working along the River Liffey to participate in scientific research with creative outcomes. Working with those residents, schools, community organisations, fishing clubs along the river and workers in Dublin Port, the project will synergise arts practice and scientific data through the employment of water sampling and creative technologies in the development of new thinking and new meaning around the sustainability of water resources.

Goals

Uisce Salach (Dirty Water) sets out to increase awareness of the environmental, economic and social value of water. Facilitated by Dublin Port to access their networks of community organisations around the port as well as port workers and supported by Create to reach community and interest groups such as fishermen along the River Liffey, Softday is embarking on the project set-up phase which includes an intense social media and communications drive.

Water sampling

We invited the public as citizen scientists to gather water samples anywhere along the River Liffey and its tributaries on Friday 22nd March 2019.

More Water sampling!

Following the success on World Water day, we have issued more water test kits for citizen scientists to participate in the project.

For 2 weeks, 15th to 26th of April 2019, participants can pick up a test kit and instructions from Science Gallery Dublin. Click here to read more!

Making music

Softday will analyse all samples on a specific date and take the data from all the water samples and construct a map with the underlying data sets, as well as producing a unique interactive algorithmic soundart composition. We are collaborating with a water testing laboratory and with the resulting data, Softday will transform the data to produce an auditory display located within a larger multimedia art work that can be manipulated/played both by humans and computers as well as disseminated via web sites and social media platforms.

Performance

The world premier of Uisce Salach (Dirty Water) will be performed live by an orchestral ensemble in combination with the publicly constituted “Softday Citizen Scientist Ensemble", (a form of laptop orchestra).

Sponsors

Uisce Salach (Dirty Water) is suported by an Arts Council Arts Participation Project Award 2019.

Irish Arts Council CREATE Ireland Dublin Port Perspectives Science Gallery Dublin Fighting Words

Timeline 2019

January

Public Workshop

February

Workshops with groups of interest.

April

Public sound walk

May

Public Scratch Orchestra Workshops

Public workshop in Science Gallery Dublin

June

Scratch Orchestra Rehearsals

July

August

Rehearsals

September

Rehearsals

October

Public Performance of Uisce Salach

November

Editing Audio/Visual material

December

Release of digital artefact