Matt Green is a lecturer, researcher and site-specific sound artist who holds a Phd in Sonic Arts. Matt’s previous practice includes Resounding Rivers (2010), which was commissioned by Belfast City Council and PLACE, Belfast and explored Belfast’s buried waterways via six concurrent sound installations housed externally throughout the city. In Hear, Out There: Madrid (2008) was a mobile sound work that addressed a culturally impoverished site in Madrid known as AZCA. For this work, Matt and his collaborators received a Spanish Ministry of Culture ‘Culturas 2008’ award. For each of Matt’s installations and mobile works, including those mentioned, the practices of soundscape composition and field recording, the aural equivalent of photography and documentary, have been of importance (http://mgreensound.com).
Sven Anderson is an artist working between Ireland and the US since 2001. Anderson’s work explores the act of listening within diverse architectural, physical, social, and emotional contexts. His practice is a discursive platform that operates through artistic intervention, academic publication, participatory processes, and interactive design. His public art project MAP: Manual for Acoustic Planning and Urban Sound Design with Dublin City Council received the European Soundscape Award issued by the European Environmental Agency in 2014. Within this project he is completing two public sound installations – Glass House for Smithfield Plaza and Continuous Drift for Meeting House Square – in early 2015 (http://www.svenanderson.net/ | http://map.minorarchitecture.org/).
John D’Arcy is a composer based in Belfast at the Sonic Arts Research Centre. His work explores the relationship of voice, text and place – taking in a wide variety of formats including performance, installation, radio documentary and mobile apps. Recent projects include Belfast City Choir, an improvising singing ensemble open to vocalists of all abilities. John also works with young people, teaching audio recording and computer music to early-teens and undergraduate students. John has performed and exhibited work at Belfast Festival; International Samuel Beckett Festival, Enniskillen; and Sounds Alive Festival, Dublin; as well as broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster and London’s Resonance FM (http://www.johndarcy.com/).
Jennie Guy is an artist and curator based in Dublin, Ireland. Her practice embraces visual, textual, performance, and event-based output, initiating both formal and informal collaborations and participative environments. These situations act as mirrors that destabilize the intent of both the creator and the observer, complicating notions of self, community, and the rituals surrounding artistic production, seeking new modes of observation and response. Recent projects include JG→AP→JG and Melancholy Park for TULCA 2014; and How to See Clearly from a Distance, a commission for Galway University Hospital. She is currently working on a research residency with RUA RED (http://www.jennieguy.com/).
Conan McIvor is a filmmaker and video artist, his diverse practice spans from experimental film and video art to ‘moving image’ design for installation, theatre and performance. Exhibition highlights include: ‘Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition’ (Ulster Museum, 2014); Open University’s public art commission ‘Luminous, Curious, Journey’ (Belfast City Hall, 2013); ‘Denizen’ (Belfast Exposed, 2014) and ‘Arrivals’, (Ormeau Baths Gallery, 2010). Conan was awarded the Visual Artists Ireland & Digital Arts Studio Residency Award in 2013. Conan’s work concentrates on the metaphysics of the human condition exploring spirituality, relationships, the corporeal and the unfolding of consciousness with an ever-present undercurrent of the ethereal (http://www.conanmcivor.com).
Stuart Sloan makes video art-inspired documentaries and documentary-inspired video art. Moving to the USA in 2010, Stuart edited and co-produced the PBS Alzheimer’s documentary You’re Looking At Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t and also edited Collapse, a fiction feature film concerning the San Francisco Ballet with Cannes and Sundance-winning Director Rob Nilsson, as well as All Ears, a documentary about instrumental hip-hop in Los Angeles, which premiered at SXSW in 2013. Now once more residing in Northern Ireland, he has recently completed Towers of Belfast, a personal and experimental documentary about his hometown, which premiered at the 2014 Belfast Film Festival. He is currently editing an experimental documentary about the river Foyle in Derry, as well as producing a video project on migrants to Belfast (https://vimeo.com/user3213858/videos).