‘Entirely hollow aside from the dark’ comes to Clare

‘Entirely hollow aside from the dark’ comes to Clare


Alan James Burns – Photo: Trevor Whelan

Entirely hollow aside from the dark is an immersive, psycho-acoustic artwork created by Alan James Burns, in collaboration with writer Sue Rainsford and sound editor Ian Dunphy, and vill visit Aillwee Cave this week.

The event will visit five caves geographically spread across the island of Ireland: the hills of Sligo, the seafront of Co. Dublin, The Burren in Clare, the peninsulas of Cork and waterfalls in Fermanagh.

Entirely hollow aside from the dark is a psycho-acoustic event within caves; ancient natural auditoriums carved into the underbelly of Ireland’s countryside. The immersive installation aims to create a visceral experience of journeying into someone’s inner dialogue by using 3-dimensional audio.

The cavern personifies the mind of a person questioning their reality, wherein an audible inner dialogue and choreographed sounds echo the character’s thoughts, memories and consciousness.

In the darkness, this psycho-acoustic work unfolds and a symphony of sounds shifts around the cave. Entirely hollow aside from the dark was initially commissioned by Fingal County Council Arts Office as part of ‘Resort Revelations’, 2016.

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Entirely hollow aside from the dark will visit Aillwee Cave, The Burren, Co. Clare, 24 & 25 August, in conjunction with Heritage Week, supported by Aillwee Cave, Heritage Week, Clare Arts Office, Clare County Council, Clare Heritage Office, Creative Ireland, Burren and Cliffs Of Moher Geo Park

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.