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Cloudlands Artist Development Day at The LAB, Dublin

Helium held its second development day for Cloudlands Year 3 at The LAB, Dublin on 27 January 2015. Artists Rachel Tynan and Eszter Némethi were joined by mentors Katy Fitzpatrick and Tom Swift and technology advisor/collaborator Mark Linnane to reflect on the work so far and to plan for the next few months. Some of the areas up for discussion included revisiting the role of the artist in residence within the hospital, what they bring to the project in terms of their own practice and the importance of their own responses within the work.

Tom led a session on story and narrative and how the material developed with the teenagers can be brought together. Mark has been working with Eszter on the development of an automated switchboard she will incorporate into an interactive radio play. He is also developing the technology behind Rachel’s interactive story dolls.









Helium’s Cloudlands project introduces teenagers with chronic illnesses to collaborative arts projects during the time they spend in hospital. The development days are a hugely important aspect of the Cloudlands project as they gives the artists and the team an opportunity to take a step back and reflect on what they’ve been developing. The project is currently taking place in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, Dublin, and Cork University Hospital.

About the Cloudlands mentors

IMG_0064Katy Fitzpatrick has worked for ten years in the field of arts education, working primarily within the visual arts. Her main areas of interest are interdisciplinary, collaborative and participatory art practices, with a breadth of experience in gallery outreach and community-based programming. She has curated multiple programmes, events and exhibitions with a focus in the past three years on family and children’s engagement with contemporary art. These include the large-scale project BP Saturdays at Tate Britain and Light Rhythms, a family exhibition responding to Patrick Scott’s work, at IMMA. Katy is currently Acting Artistic Director of Helium Arts.

IMG_0072Tom Swift has worked as a playwright and screenwriter since 2002. He is Artistic Director of The Performance Corporation and his plays with the company include Candide (Best Adaptation, Irish Times/ESB Irish Theatre Awards 2002; Best Production, Dublin Fringe Festival 2002), Dr. Ledbetter’s Experiment (Best Production nominee, Irish Times/ESB Irish Theatre Awards) and Drive-By (Cork Midsummer Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival 2006). His radio play The Flying Dutchman of Iniskill (RTÉ Lyric FM and The Performance Corporation) was nominated for Best Radio Drama at the PPI National Radio Awards in 2008. Current work includes commissions from The Abbey Theatre and The National Association for Youth Drama.

Technology advisor/collaborator 

IMG_0088Mark Linnane is a video artist, creative technologist and researcher, based in Dublin, who creates systems and content for interactive music and visual performance. His work focuses on the relationship between physical gesture, embodied cognition and perception and is realised using conventional image processing tools alongside programming in Max/MSP. Previous work includes Splitzo, a cycle of video pieces made in collaboration with the improvised music ensemble, Cortisol (2010); Walk Don’t Run (2008), a dance film in association with Catapult Dance Company, commissioned by Project Arts Centre; and Art of Decision (2005-2006), a feature documentary commissioned by the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, which premiered at the Darklight Film Festival, Dublin.

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