IRELAND 100: Installation: Gaeilge Tamagotchi

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - Sunday, June 5, 2016

In this performance installation by Manchán Magan, participants wind through a labyrinth of Irish linen to receive an endangered Irish word, which they will be tasked with nurturing, nourishing, and protecting. Free, no tickets required. (June 1 & 2 from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. & 7:15 to 8 p.m.; June 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. & 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.; June 3 & 5 performances cancelled due to expected inclement weather.)

Venue:

North Plaza

Run Time:

45 minutes

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About

IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture
U.S. premiere
Gaeilge Tamagotchi
A performance installation by Manchán Magan
Designed by Tom de Paor

 
Most of us have about 12,000 words in our vocabulary. Shakespeare used 30,000 words in his entire works. The Irish language has 4,400 different words merely to describe someone; to convey their character, their demeanor, their shape or stature.  That's 4,400 words. They are rarely used now. Many are already dead.
 
In this performance installation by Manchán Magan, participants are invited to wind through a labyrinth of Irish linen to receive an endangered Irish word, which they will be tasked with nurturing, nourishing, and protecting.
 
This installation is conceived, presented, and produced by Manchán Magan, an award-winning writer of bilingual plays, author of numerous fiction and nonfiction works in English and Irish, and presenter of scores of television documentaries including the No Béarla series, in which he attempted to live his life entirely through the Irish language. 
 
The installation is designed by Tom de Paor, an architect nominated twice for the Mies van der Rohe Prize and once for the BSI Swiss Architectural Award. He represented Ireland three times at the International Architecture Biennale Venice and won 10 Architectural Association of Ireland and Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland Awards.  

This installation is free, no tickets required. 

Performance schedule:

JUNE 1 & 2:
5:45–6:30 p.m.
7:15–8 p.m.

JUNE 4:
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
1:30–2:15 p.m.
3:30–4:15 p.m.

JUNE 3 & 5 PERFORMANCES CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.

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IRELAND 100 Festival Trailer

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