Up until the 1st of October 1916 Ireland was on Dublin Mean Time, which was 25 minutes and 21 seconds behind Greenwich Mean Time. On that day, when England put its clock back by an hour for Winter, Ireland put its clock back by 35 minutes and ended the historic time difference between the two countries.
Mean Time is a collaborative art project inspired by this event and in particular by Countess Markievicz's opposition to what she saw as one more act of colonial oppression: the imposition of a foreign time on what should have been a sovereign people.
The project is bringing ten professional female sound artists from Ireland and abroad to the historical location of Richmond Barracks in Dublin city, where 77 women were remanded after their involvement in the 1916 Rising- including Countess Markievicz herself. They will perform a unique improvisation based on especially commissioned pieces on the theme of these lost 25 minutes and 21 seconds, for the anniversary of the abolition of Dublin Mean Time.
The event will combine contemporary music, performance art, radio art and electroacoustic composition, 'clawing back' time lost and imagining many possible future Irelands. The programme will be broadcast live on Nova, RTÉ Lyric FM.
The participating artists are Daria Baiocchi | Fiona Hallinan | La Cosa Preziosa | Vicky Langan | Úna Lee | Olivia Louvel | Jenn Kirby | Claudia Molitor | Gráinne Mulvey | Rachel Ní Chuinn
In addition, a series of free sound art workshops for all the family will also take place on the grounds of Richmond Barracks on Saturday 1st October.
Mean Time #1
Music composition ' 25 minutes and 21 seconds'. Presented at Culture Night, in Dublin at the institute of design, as part of the Center for Creative Practices’ New Voices of Ireland group show. La Cosa Preziosa and fellow sound artist Rachel Ní Chuinn performed pieces by a selection of their favourite Irish and international female artists, with the intention of ‘clawing back’ 25 minutes and 21 seconds in honour of Irish revolutionary hero Countess Markievicz.