Crash Ensemble commissioned video artist and filmmaker Jack Phelan to create an installation responding to the visual themes of Irish composer, Barry O’Halpin’s groundbreaking work WINGFORM – a four movement work for solo guitar and ensemble
Wooden light-boxes, LED video panels and speakers are the ‘instruments’ of this beautifully crafted ensemble of objects – light and video visually underscoring Barry’s work as it plays on a loop from start to finish.
“Cell-like forms hatching, splitting, segmenting in snake-like forms. The drones of insect wings and human machines. Animal growls and metallic friction. The development and slow decay of an organism.”
Empty chairs highlight the absence of the musicians, but offer the audience an opportunity to sit and experience the work in a multimedia environment.
The video artwork for the LED panels is made specifically for Wingform. Inspired by the composer’s naturistic themes, the imagery on the panels evolves as the piece progresses.
Wingform is currently at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. It will tour various galleries and venues throughout Ireland in 2022.
Barry is a composer and electric guitarist based in Dublin, Ireland.
Jack is a video artist and filmmaker based in Wicklow, Ireland.
Crash Ensemble is Ireland’s leading new music ensemble; a group of world-class musicians who play the most adventurous, ground-breaking music of today.
Wingform is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland