Tir Na Nog
Creator:Hoey, Brian (with Wendy Brown)
Facilities provided by Aidanvision Studios, CarlisleAssisted by Wendy Brown
This work is part of the rewind archive.
Year: 1980Original formats:
3/4" U-Matic Lo Band
Funding source: Northern Arts
First exhibited: Artists Video, Biddick Farm Arts Centre, Washington, Tyne & Wear - 1980
Technical details: Edited on Umatic. Shot on 1/2" open reel. Processed using Videokalos Colour Synthesiser. Soundtrack composed and performed by Brian Hoey.
“Much of my work is based on Celtic culture. I consider it important to be aware of one’s cultural heritage in order to provide a sound foundation for coping with life in a society that continually swamps one with new influences and concepts. Early Celtic art and science was very concerned with the elemental forces of radiant energy and magnetism – the same energies that make up the video image. Tir Na Nog is one of the mysterious ‘Isles of the Blest’ in gaelic folklore; it embodies the concepts of paradise and utopia. Although impossible to detect by normal means, it may be happened upon by chance or one may be guided by supernatural means…unattainable whilst being all around.
The piece is an abstract visualisation of travelling to the island and through reality attaining the fantastic; just as the work itself is the metamorphosis of mundane images.” Brian Hoey, 1981
‘Video Screenings’ (with Wendy Brown) programme, ICA, 1981.pdf here
‘Brian Hoey’ Film and Video Artists on tour, 1985/86.pdf here
‘Brian Hoey’, uncredited Biography to 1981 with still image from ‘TIR NA NOG’, 1981.pdf here