Ailbhe Ní Bhriain
Reports to an Academy

Reports to an Academy is a new four screen video installation by artist Ailbhe Ní Bhriain. Ní Bhriain is known for her virtuosic video montages. Her seamless knitting of the moving image has led her to create surreal and haunting scenarios. This is her most ambitious project to date, filmed on the Aran Islands, in the Natural History Museum, Dublin and in disused art school studios and libraries. Rhyming all of these locations together is an exploration of displacement. Elements spill from one location to another in unlikely ways, suggesting a new and permeable sense of place.

The work takes its title from the Kafka Short Story, ‘A Report to an Academy’, in which an ape recounts his transition to a human identity as a means to survive his captivity.   Here, the archetypal Irish landscape, the natural history museum, the library and the studio are re-imagined to resemble stages, in which identities might be constructed and false realities forged.

The installation will be an immersive experience consisting of four large video screen projections.

Wednesday 25 Nov, 6.30pm – Irene & Linda Buckley, musical performance

Free Admission

Irene & Linda Buckley will perform live at RHA as part of Ailbhe Ni Bhriain’s exhibition Reports to an Academy. This will be an improvised electronic performance responding to the work and will take place in the gallery, lasting approx 30 minutes.

Irene and Linda Buckley recently collaborated with Ní Bhriain to create Passages, a work commissioned and curated by Bryce Dessner (The National) and Mary Hickson for Sounds from a Safe Harbour in September 2015. This event at the RHA sees them further explore the combination of video installation, recorded sound and improvised performance to create a unique and immersive experience.

Irene & Linda Buckley are two of Cork’s most talented, innovative and challenging composers and musicians. They have created an enormous body of internationally recognised work as solo artists.

Linda’s music has been described as “strange and beautiful” (Boston Globe, July 2004), and a “fascinating interaction between live sound and electronics”, while her work has been performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Sinfoniker Orchestra and Crash Ensemble among others.

Irene was a prize winner at the 14th International Young Composers Meeting in the Netherlands and has also written music for many theater, dance and film productions. She recently composed a live score for Carl Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc for soprano, organ and electronics and Epstein’s The Fall of the House of Usher for organ and electronics.


Artist Bio

Ailbhe Ní Bhriain is a Cork based artist who workswith video and sound. She creates immersive multi-screen installations and has exhibited widelyboth nationally and internationally. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include: Thin place at Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen, Wales, 2015, Plymouth contemporary Open at Peninsula Arts Gallery, UK, 2015, l’Oeil d’Oodaaq at Musée des Beaux–arts de Rennes & La Ville en Bois, France, 2015, Drogheda arts Festival, Co. Louth, 2015, sounds from a safe Harbor, Cork, 2015 and Reports to an academy at Domobaal, London, 2016. The work has increasingly involved collaboration with musicians and composers, including Kaija Saariaho, Linda and Irene Buckley and Stephen Gardner, with screenings and installations incorporating recorded sound, live performance and improvisation. Her current work is supported by a Visual Arts Project Award from the Arts Council of Ireland, Sounds from a Safe Harbor Festival and Cork City Council. Ailbhe is represented by Domobaal Gallery, London and lectures at the Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork.