New Digital Commissions programme at the Glucksman

Inaugural work by artist Rajinder Singh.

Spasm comprises 16 short online films that explore minor and emergent movements in relation to the poetry of Seamus Heaney. These brief, repetitive films capture the physical gestures of dancers Emily Kilkenny Roddy and Dmitry Vinokurov, with their abrupt, unconscious actions moving in tandem with the endlessly looped, highly-edited format of internet videos. 

Developed in collaboration with Dr. Adam Hanna, University College Cork, Singh's choreographed films spring from research into the poetry of Seamus Heaney, as well as his study, its furniture and surrounding architecture. What forces work on a poet's body when sitting for long hours at a desk? How did Heaney 'turn' to his table, how did he move around it and away from it, what did he see and do when he was there, and what forces did it exert on his body as he wrote? These real and invisible forces hold the key to the workings of the body. 

The Glucksman Digital Commissions  invite contemporary artists to produce new works for a dedicated area on our website, building on the award-winning success the Glucksman has had creating content for the digital sphere. With your ongoing support, we hope that Spasm will be the first in a series of online commissions for the University Art Collection, growing audiences for contemporary Irish art in Cork and internationally.