DAY OF THE STRAWS

 

 

artist: Marie Brett

 

in collaboration with

 

writer: Katie Holly

designer: Lucia Pola

 

in dialogue with

druids, Elders, healers, historians, makers,

musicians, spiritualists, storytellers

and other interested members of the community

 

 

producer: Kate O’Shea

curator: Kath Gorman; associate curator: Miguel Amado

 

Commissioned by Cork Midsummer Festival in partnership with SIRIUS

CONTRIBUTORS

THE ASHES

Video: Marie Brett

Script: Katie Holly

Voice: Irene Kelleher

Sound: Cormac O’ Connor

THE ASHES / VAULT

Ballinspittle moving statue (audio): Patricia Bowen

Story of ash (audio): Bernadette M. Knopek

The myth of the Day of the Straws (audio): Bernadette M. Knopek

Zoom interview: Eddie Lenihan

Story of ash (audio): Tony Manning

Apparition (audio): Mary O’Shea

Ash, faith and philosophy (audio): Evelyn Richmond

Ash symbolism, family memory and COVID-19 (audio): Siobhan King

 

THE CURE

Script: Katie Holly

Video: Lucia Pola

THE RITUAL

Video : Marie Brett

Photography (original source): Cork Celtic Stickmakers:

Stickmakers : Ian James, Denis McSweeney, Matt O’Connor, Pat O’Sullivan,

Joe Sheehan, Martin Thompson, Eugene Trindles

Performance (original source): Clíona Ní Laoi, a.k.a Mama Matrix Most Mystical - Full Moon Cleansing Bath 

 

THE RITUAL / VAULT

Folk cures photography: Oein DeBhairduin

Vocal: Karina Healy

Video: Marie Brett

Health & Spiritual Healing, moving text: Freda Farrell

The Kiss of Death: Contagion, Contamination and Folklore (2019): Dr. Andrea Kitta

Historic stories (audio): Dr. Michael Martin, BA, PhD  

Herbalist, lay homeopath, author and archdruid (audio): Ellen Evert Hopman

Historian, member of the COVID-19 influencers group and influenza specialist (audio): Dr Ide Milne

 

THE VIRUS

Video : Marie Brett & Lucia Pola

 

THE SPIRIT

Video: Marie Brett

Photography (original source): Betty Loughrey

Harp & Vocal - Aisling Urwin (Recorded by Seán O’ Sullivan) 

 

THE SPIRIT / VAULT

Psychic ability and sixth sense (moving text & audio): Tia Anderson

Pandemic and the Elders (moving text): Helen D’Bharóid

Intuition and visions (audio):  Freda Farrell

Hand analysis (video): William Maloney 

Fairy forts (moving text and audio): Martina Stronsoe

 

THE FAIRYTALE

Sound:  Marie Brett

Script: Katie Holly

Video:  Lucia Pola

 

THE FAIRYTALE / VAULT

COVID-19 (music): Anonymous singer

Strawing (video): Marie Brett 

Around the Fairy Fort, written by Vincent Broderick (music):  Evelyn Broderick

Hag in the Churn (music): Evelyn Broderick

Photography (original sources)Heritage Crafts Alive, Steffi Otto, Karen Barry, Dúchas.ie

Supernatural footprint story: Tommy O’Connor, filmed by Karen Barry

Fairytale: (vocal): Eoin O’ Shea  

Johnny Mickey’s , a.k.a. Johnny Mickey Barry’s (music): Lisa O’ Sullivan & Karen Barry

Story of strawing (conversation and music): Lisa O’ Sullivan & Karen Barry

THE SEPARATION

Email Sound:  Marie Brett

Email Writing: Katie Holly

 Script: Katie Holly

Voice: Irene Kelleher

Sound: Cormac O' Connor

 

THE LIST

Vocal: Katie Holly

Photography (home of Eamon & Catherine Holly:   Donncha McAuliffe & Marie Brett

THE LIST / VAULT

COVID-19 day (moving text):  Noreen Collins

Conversation and pandemic psychological effects (moving text): Bernie Dwyer

‘Hello from the Dog’ (moving text): Bernice Glavin

Coping with COVID-19 (audio): Jon Holford

Druidism and ‘The Morrigan’ (audio): Ellen Evert Hopman, The Sacred Herbs of Samhain​: Plants to Contact the Spirits of the Dead (2019)

The feminine arts (audio): Tricia O Connor

Tea (video): Mary O’ Shea & Kate O’ Shea

Lemon (video): Mary O’ Shea & Kate O’ Shea

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brenda Barry, Jim Barry, Sheila Barry, Dympna Collins, Elizabeth Cornyn, Susan Darcy, Nancy Falvey, Karina Healy, Vanessa Kelleher, Veronica Kelleher, Micheal F. Kiely, John Hennessy, Bernice Jones, Colette Lewis, Marie Loughrey, Juli Malone, William Maloney, Lorraine Maye, Julie Murphy, Dr. Clíona O’Carroll, Timmy O’Connor, Mary O’Dea, Clodagh O’Donovan, Evelyn O’Keefe, Lillian O’Leary, Denis O’Sullivan, Pat O’Sullivan, Sean O’Sullivan, Dr. Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh, T. J. Manning, Teresa McCarthy, Eve Olney, Clodagh Piper, Conall Ó Riain, Claire Ryan, Eugene Trindles, Charleville Historic Society, Cork Celtic Stickmakers and all at Cork Midsummer Festival and SIRIUS

The artist, her creative collaborators and the curators are indebted to the enthusiastic and generous participants. Without their thoughtful conversations and inspiring contributions, this work would have not been possible.

 

 

This work includes credits for all known information regarding the original creators of items not produced by the artistic team. The commissioners have made every effort to contact the original creators of any copyrighted content for permission of use. They welcome hearing from anyone who may have additional information regarding the uncredited items in this work.

 Day of the Straws was a residency and small-scale public platform as part of the European partnership project ‘BE PART, Art Beyond Participation’, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and The Arts Council.

 Day of the Straws is part of ‘Hello World’, an initiative by TransCultural Exchange.
https://transculturalexchange.org/activities/hw/projects/17/page4.html

 

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