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.
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.
Date: 18th July
Date: 18th May
This workshop was open to anyone interested in exploring Acouscenic Listening and the Creative Soundwalk as a creative tool.
We invite you to become part of the Softday Uisce Salach Scratch Ensemble.
We invited the public as citizen scientists to gather water samples anywhere along the River Liffey and its tributaries on Friday 22nd March 2019.
Following the success on World Water day, we issued more water test kits for citizen scientists to participate in the project. For 2 weeks, 15th to 26th of April 2019, participants could pick up a test kit and instructions and return completed samples.
Water bottles for samples and instructions can be collected on the day from the offices of Create at 2 Curved Street, Temple Bar. All water samples need to be collected between 10.30 - 11.30 and returned to the Create office by 16:00 the same day. Please contact Vance Lau if you are interested in participating.
Dublin’s City Kayaking will also participate in this event as part of their on-going campaign to clean up the River Liffey. They can be contacted at: 085-866 7787. To further show their support for this project City Kayaking are offering a 30% discount on any booking during the month of August to anyone taking an interest in the Liffey water quality. Use promocode: LiffeyLife as you book in for a kayaking tour to receive your discount.
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.
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).
Uisce Salach (Dirty Water) is suported by an Arts Council Arts Participation Project Award 2019.
Workshops with groups of interest.
More water sampling
Scratch Orchestra Rehearsals
Public Performance of Uisce Salach
Editing Audio/Visual material
Release of digital artefact