Ceàrn Lèirsinn / Angle of Vision: Artist talk with Dr Saoirse Higgins

Dr. Saoirse Higgins talks about her work in the current exhibition and recent projects.

Ceàrn Lèirsinn / Angle of Vision will be in An Lanntair’s galley from Sat 30th Sept.

Artist statement:

I am an artist and researcher based between Papay in the Orkney Islands and Ireland. My practice is very much about active, performative, social engagement looking at multiple ‘angles of vision’ and the orbits between people and environment, especially in the context of islands and the surrounding sea. As an islander I have seen for myself first-hand the challenges for island communities in relation to the sea around them – the fragile balance between economic priorities and caring about and for environmental concerns for the future. I am interested in people’s relationship and connection with the island and the surrounding ocean in the era of Anthropocene. I explore micro-macro scales of time and ‘trickle-up’ action for change. I collaborate with local experts, artists, scientists and island communities. I work with a mix of time-lapse and real-time video, 360 VR, audio field recordings, performance events with playful created measuring and mapping ‘survival tools’. Recent collaborations have been with – The Icelandic Met Office; Creative Carbon Scotland; Nature Scotland; Icelandic Glaciological Society; British Science Association; Antarctica Heritage Trust; North Isles Landscape Partnership and Papay Development Trust.

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