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Palimpsest: Meet the artists on the project

Inspired by Planet of the Capes, the latest superhero-themed film by young members from CanTeen (the national young people’s cancer support group), artists Seán Carpio, Siobhán Clancy, Louise Manifold and Ben Murnane are creating their own work in response. The world of superheroes will be brought to life through an interactive film and music showcase on Saturday 1 April 2017 at The Sugar Club in Dublin. Seán Carpio will perform a live music soundtrack in collaboration with CanTeen members at the event. Learn more about the project here.

Seán Carpio

Seán Carpio is a multi-instrumentalist whose practice incorporates song, sound and improvisation. Since 2005 he has been active as a soloist in Europe and the USA, and to this date has featured on 19 recordings. In 2013, he released his first album WoWos. Seán was awarded the Young Irish Musician of the Year at the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival in 2006.

Seán has collaborated with visual artists and practices in a number of contemporary art contexts and has performed, exhibited and undertaken residencies in a number of art venues including the Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh; the Serpentine Gallery, London; the MAC, Belfast; Netwerk Centre for Contemporary Art,  Aalst; the Banff Centre, Alberta; and The Model, Sligo. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Project Arts Centre’s Project Catalyst and through this initiative has premiered three newly commissioned suites of music.

Siobhán Clancy

Siobhán Clancy is a visual artist who collaborates with groups on multimedia and live works concerning health, disability, education and social justice particularly concerning young people and women in Ireland. Agency and voice are recurring themes in a practice that straddles the fields of art, activism and engaged research. In 2014, she completed an MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism at Maynooth University. Siobhán’s collaborative work in youth arts has been shown at CAP Sciences Museum, Bordeaux; The Hunt Museum, Limerick; The Digital Hub, Dublin; Abhainn Rí Festival, Callan; Disposable Film Fest, San Francisco and Beaumount Hospital, Dublin, amongst others. She has been supported by awards from The Arts Council, Create (The National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts) and Dublin City Council.

Siobhán has been lead artist mentor on Helium’s Two Suitcases Project since 2012. In 2016, she co-produced a promenade film screening at IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) showcasing films by Two Suitcases with CanTeen, a support group for young people with experience of cancer.  She is currently artist in residence for the Helium Fireflies project at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital with Rachel Tynan.

Louise Manifold

Born in Co. Galway, Louise Manifold studied at Central St Martins College, London and GMIT, Galway. She has exhibited extensively throughout Ireland, and internationally including exhibitions at ISCP, New York; Proximal Distances, Chicago; Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm; Red House Arts Centre, Syracuse, New York; Candid Arts Centre, London; and 411 Galleries, Shanghai, China. In 2009, she was one of four artists shortlisted for the Allied Irish Bank Art Prize.

Louise works with film, photography, sculpture and text. Her visually-saturated work holds an aesthetics that is somewhere between curiosity cabinet and surrealist theatre, generating dreamlike scenarios that suggest a sense of disconnection from the lived world in favour of a private real. Recent projects include Wild-Screen, a co-curated site-specific film screening event and Trauma at the Science Gallery, Dublin, which featured the short film In Death and Fiction, a collaboration with IMPAC award-winning author, Kevin Barry.

Ben Murnane

Ben Murnane is a writer and editor. He obtained a Doctorate from the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, in 2016. He is the author of three books, all published by A&A Farmar: Two in a Million, a memoir of life with a rare genetic disease, Fanconi anaemia; Feather Silence, a collection of poetry; and Dublin on a Shoestring (with Katherine Farmar), a guidebook. Ben contributes regularly to national newspapers, including the Irish and Sunday Independent. He is the script mentor on the Two Suitcases project and writer/director, with Emma Eager, of Two Suitcases, the award-winning pilot film on the project.

The Palimpsest Project is produced by Helium Arts in association with CanTeen Ireland. The project is funded by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council Arts Office with support from Flying Tiger Copenhagen. The film ‘Planet of the Capes’ by CanTeen was funded through the Arts Council’s Young Ensembles Scheme.

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