Music, Memory, and the Night

Music, Memory, and the Night is an audio-visual collaboration between eight musicians and visual artists. As part of the project, four musicians who are part of Black-Irish, Afro-Irish and/or African diasporic communities in Ireland made audio recordings of memories in Galway and Cork at night, recalling sights, sounds, smells, colours, and feelings through poetry, music and story. In response, visual artists listened to and drew inspiration from these sonic memories to create commissioned artworks that range from digital artwork to paint on canvas. Both the finished artworks as well as the memories through which each artwork emerged reveal layered, intersectional experiences of music in the night in both Irish cities.

This project is led by Dr Ailbhe Kenny and Dr Katie Young, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. Website designed by Phillip Crosby. The project forms part of the HERA-funded NITE Spaces Project and is supported by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture


Manuel Garcia-Ruiz

He is a PhD Scholar at CIES-Iscte and a Research Collaborator at IS-FLUP. He research on topics such as city branding, cultural regeneration, the commodification of arts and culture, art washing, and the construction of artistic fields.

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