This is a site specific archive to the village of Knocklong in Co. Limerick
I utilize field recordings and audio interviews as source material in order to change the context of how we view abandoned spaces or un-archived spaces. I use these recordings to create radio art programs addressing issues of social dereliction by bringing these spatial narratives to life. In revealing the hidden histories of these spaces, I hope to give them a contemporary voice.
By actively participating within the community we redefine abandonment from dereliction, to participation and now in transformation, the space is now held in the present through an immersive journey of the past.
I was very fortunate to encounter the village of Knocklong in Co. Limerick in October 2015.
Knocklong is a Strong historical village, which plays a vital role in modern Irish history. Most famous for theﾠrescueﾠofﾠSean Hoganﾠwhich took place at the railway station during theﾠWar of Independenceﾠon 13 May 1919, like many other villages in rural Ireland, Knocklongﾠhas declined economically and socially. It is hard to imagine that one hundred years ago Knocklong was bustling with industry. The Launch to seek Knocklong as a place no longer in ruin came into existence in November 2012 through a direct call to action to re-energize the community an all-invited meeting resulted in a candid group discussion of how the village of Knocklong had fallen , economically, socially and visibly. Many of the buildings in the main village showed signs of dereliction. This started the community’s 2020 Plan for Knocklong which is on-going.
Through the fragmented sounds of the decaying environment; an intimate connection between sound and place is created. Radio as an archive adds to the visual imagination. Community, abandonment, radio and social practice are the four key principles in my work.
Sounds of Knocklong: in association with wired FM is a radio art archive to the village of Knocklong. It highlights the village’s relationship with dereliction, as well as the sounds of the abandoned buildings, there will have been, audio interviews, and field recordings.ﾠ Starting as an archive to abandoned spaces, which lead to the format of radio to display these sounds now archived, Sounds of Knocklong: in association with wired FM highlights the village’s relationship with dereliction, as well as the sounds of the abandoned buildings, there will have been, audio interviews, and field recordings.ﾠThe project unfolded through a working relationship with the community, Wired FM and most recently CoLyt in conjunction with the renovation of Cleeves creamery to commemorate the events of 1919 in Knocklong. The issue of Dereliction activated the idea of radio as a method of archiving and documenting these spaces. The project is ongoing.
Radio in relation to dereliction has the ability to translate the listener back into the public arena. Without the community, there would be no source material, in order for each show to be designed participation was required from the community. The aim of the project was to connect radio and community. The collective histories both within and beyond the community stimulated the aural perception of these buildings, in every encounter, new dialogues formed. This collaborative project began between different disciplines and groups, this engagement gave time to collate and archive the spaces, to recall and renew memories, histories and thoughts about future possibilities.
There has been a total of 8 podcasts, follow the link to hear them.
ﾠA community broadcast will be aired on June the 17th on 99.9 starting at 11.15.
It can be heard on site in Knocklong and also in LSAD as part of my degree show piece.
Sound's of Knocklong - Podcasts
Buildings come to exist as sites of memory and imagination. Any built space, whether constructed for habitation or utility, resonates with the human activity that has occurred within it. Our experience of a derelict space is determined largely by our aural perception of that space. Aural architecture is an important aspect in this project. It allows me to explore the interaction between our auditory sense and the natural and built environment, and concerns the experience of sounds that have been changed by the physical properties of a space. Dereliction can be re-contextualised in addressing the issues of our everyday rural areas, in a contemporary framework.
Knocklong is home to nine derelict buildings. Walsh’s, Byrnes each consisting of 5 Shop fronts, Cleeves Creamery, the Hotel and the Train station. They out-write that of the small functioning establishments.
Enter into the spaces to hear the sounds and the story of Knocklong:
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