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‘Passage of Sound’ is a 22-minute audio video film that was created as a site specific projection installation project in 2017 for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Ireland's foremost traditional music festival.
The film draws its inspiration from the origins of the Irish slow air, ‘Port na bPucaí’ from the Blasket Islands in Co Kerry (the most westerly points in Europe) and Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘The Given Note’. The poem describes the experience of fiddler from 'Port na bPucaí', who goes alone to the most westerly Blasket Island and hears music in the wind and brings it back to society with:
‘So whether he calls it spirit music
Or not I don’t care. He took it
Out of wind off mid-Atlantic.
Still he maintains, from nowhere.
It comes off the bow gravely,
Rephrases itself into the air.’
The ‘Passage of Sound’ installation is designed as a slow, poetic work that represents a metaphorical journey, which follows the artist going to the extreme for his craft.
The film was shot in eight different locations and the changing landscape is used amplify and heighten the emotion as the lone figure crosses over ancient woods and the karst lunar landscape know as The Burren before emerging over the peaks of Mount Brandon and down to the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Like a dream or a foreign place, the environment is immersive, yet difficult to fully recall or describe. What remains with you is an impression, an image that dwells in your mind.

  • Shelagh Honan
  • Shelagh Honan
  • Aleksandra Rydzkowska
    Colour Correction
  • Dr John Greenwood
    Sound Design and Composition
  • Shelagh Honan
  • Shelagh Honan
    Visual Editor
  • Shelagh Honan
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 12, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    12,000 EUR
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  • Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017
    September 13, 2017
Director Biography - Shelagh Honan, Shelagh Honan


Shelagh Honan is a visual artist based in the west of Ireland. Working predominantly in video, photography, projection and installation, her practice focuses on human experiences from an often-existential perspective, exploring emotional responses to the world around her.
She was recently commissioned to make a short film and projection installation as part of Ireland’s largest traditional music festival - Fleadh Cheoil Na hEireann 2017
In 2016 she was director and cinematographer for ‘Seomra 1916’, a 30-minute documentary that was part of the Galway Fringe Festival and Feile an Phobail in Belfast.
Her short video piece ‘The Diving Bell’ (Passage) was also part of the Galway Fringe Festival and the Ennis Street Arts Festival. In 2014 she exhibited in the USA and completed a solo exhibition at The Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon. She has curated many multi-media group exhibitions throughout Ireland including an event for ‘The Photography Ireland Festival’ in Faber Studios in Limerick. She has also been the recipient of many arts council grants in relation to the exhibition of her own work and curating group shows. She was a founding member of Ennis Arts Initiative.
She is a lecturer at Limerick School of Art and Design on a master's programe in art and education.
As a practitioner and educator she works with lens–based media, sculpture, pedagogy and education.

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Artist Statement

The landscape is recorded on my camera, it is put through a computer, it runs through my head and my hands until it is transformed or rephrased out in to the cinematic space.
The metaphors that emerge through nature are extraordinary beautiful. Having grown up in a small town in the west of Ireland, I could go from an urban space to the depths of nature in a very short space of time. My playground was the woods, the fields, the lakes, rivers an old country mansions and the stories, histories and tensions that lay within.
These are still the essentail materials that I use that as a mode of expression.