‘scavenged home’ with Aled Simons

Aled Simons and Mark Leahy, ‘Scavenged Home’, (2021), digital animation with audio, 2’ 30”

Sticking bits of things together for now: we began with a conversation, talked about collecting, stickers, taxonomy, and about making work, and the things that get in the way of making work – we also talked about Artex covered ceilings and finding a “studio” or somewhere to make stuff; subsequent exchanges included some mail-art collages sent from Dublin to Swansea, and discussion of grottoes, skins, Stonehenge, Welshness (sort of) and Irishness (a bit) and somewhere in there a sense of the legacy of colonialism … these things have fed into a short animation that curls together hermit crabs, National Trust properties, appropriation and occupation, language, accidental layering and a relationship of belonging and memory;

Over recent months I have been part of the Exchange project, which has involved 60 artists from 6 artist-led groups across England. 10 members of CAMP (Contemporary Art Membership Plymouth) were each paired with a partner from another organisation, and I have been working with Aled Simons of g39 in Cardiff. The project comes to a close on 30th July with The Summit – a sharing of some outcomes and a conversation about the sharing / collaboration / exchange process.

new radio project for radia.fm

I have made a new work for radio, Hello! This is a test. which will be broadcast on the radia.fm radio network in the week beginning 22nd March 2021. It will be Show No. 834, and is the Soundart Radio contribution to Season 46.

Questions of signal and noise, of message sent and message received, of the relationship of different voices to who and what is heard run through the piece. It calls out to the listener, there is a message here. Can you hear? Can you tell what it is?

Thanks for their vocal contributions to: Dante Lorenzo, Veronica Fazzio Welf, Sue Coulson, Shelley Hodgson. Thanks to Lucinda Guy and Chris Booth at Soundart Radio for inviting me to work on this.

After the first broadcast week, the piece will be archived at radia.fm.

http://radia.fm/2021/03/show-834-hello-this-is-a-test-by-mark-leahy-for-soundart-radio/

short audio piece for Spring

I made a short word and sound piece for Soundart Radio‘s annual First Spark Festival, happening this year from Sunday 31st January to Tuesday February 2nd. This piece, ‘thaw biddy and melt’ picks up on a text I wrote last year that drew on material in the Duchas.ie Schools Collection around the Irish traditions associated with St. Brigid’s Day (Feb 1st). I added some sound layers using treated and distorted water and ice recordings. You can hear it on Soundcloud, or listen out for the broadcast on Sunday 31st.

practice documentation in new online research forum

I have work included in a newly launched research sharing forum, conceived and co-organised by Emma Cocker, Alexander Damianisch, Cordula  Daus and Lena Séraphin. Practice Sharing is an online presentation of expanded approaches to language-based practice within the field of artistic research. Over  70 individuals and collaborations are included in this first ‘sharing’: See https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/835089/1019933/6949

The intent has been to reflect on how language-based artistic research is practised in its diversity rather than to define or determine. Contributors were invited to respond to an open ‘call’ outlining their specific approach with one or two examples from their own artistic- or practice-based research — focusing on specific language-based ‘practices’.

The 70 chosen submissions have been ordered alphabetically such that the reader may search by name or explore each contribution within the immediate vicinity of other contributions to allow for chance acquaintances, unexpected resonances and aleatory connections.

Constrained Radio Show on Mixcloud

The Constrained Radio Show series I have made for Soundart Radio is now archived for future / later / repeat listening on my Mixcloud page. The shows have been broadcast weekly on Wednesdays since mid-May. They began as a response to restrictions, limits and confinement during COVID lockdown. The Mixcloud page includes tracklistings and other information.