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Record your emigration story for new sound art project

Irish emigrants are being asked to share their stories for an upcoming interactive sound installation, ‘_liminal State’, at the Centre for Creative Practices in Dublin.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013, 14:34


Irish emigrants are being asked to share their stories for an upcoming interactive sound installation, ‘_liminal State’, at the Centre for Creative Practices in Dublin in April.

Italian sound artist La Cosa Preziosa (Susanna Caprara) says:

“_liminal State is an interactive sound installation exploring transitional states, from both human and national point of view. The title refers to the state of liminality (from the Latin līmen, ‘threshold’) that Ireland as a whole is currently experiencing, as well as the in-between spaces its citizens are coming to inhabit on a physical level. The interaction between electroacoustic soundscape, motion-triggered sensors and binaural elements will conjure up an immersive environment, inviting a reflection on the nature of presence and absence.

“An essential part of the installation will be the real-life contributions from Irish citizens living abroad, aiming to depict a representative sonic tapestry of the many realities currently being experienced around the world.”

To add your voice telling your own story, send an email to with a few lines about yourself and where you now live. You will then be sent a brief questionnaire and asked to record your answers and submit them as an audio file, using a smartphone, laptop microphone, digital recorder, or via Skype (Susanna will help if you need assistance). The monologue will be edited and merged with all other contributions.

Contributors can remain anonymous or have their names credited in the installation program.

For examples of Susanna’s sound art work, see

The installation is part of the Migrant Artists: On Ireland Series at the Centre for Creative Practices, which is exhibiting the work of 12 artists between January and June who have migrated to and emigrated from Ireland in recent times. The works will explore how migration changed their perspectives and shaped their art. For more information, see

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