Sound Art

The Listening Group: The Sonic as a Representation of Place

Co-curated by sound artists Joseph Young and Anthony Kelly (Farpoint Recordings)

The Listening Group* is Mermaid Arts Centre’s new sound art gathering, inviting artists working with sound to share new work, influences and discoveries with peers, sound art devotees and those keen to discover more. The Group launches with this inaugural live listen event featuring an exclusive sneak preview of Joseph Young’s forthcoming album ‘Sonic Hauntings in a Big House’, drawn from his recent PhD research project ‘The Ancestors’.

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Through exploring the extensive family archive held at Bray’s Killruddery House & Gardens, Young devised both a geolocated soundscape in Killruddery’s grounds and this accompanying record, which further proposes a spectral glimpse of a lost past.

In keeping with this investigation of place through audio, the live listen will be followed by discussion led by Joseph and Anthony, interspersed with audio clips from artists who have influenced their practice including Aeron Bergman, Mark Fisher & Justin Barton, The Caretaker, Janet Cardiff, Laurie Anderson, Drew Mullholland, Peter Cusack, Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan, Cathy Lane, Pat Collins & Tadhg O'Sullivan, Chris Watson, Brian Harnetty, Ernest Hood, Dallas Simpson, Graeme Miller, Glenn Gould and Brian Eno. (See below for Listening links)

The digital version of 'Sonic Hauntings in a Big House' will be released on 4th April on the Farpoint Recordings label, with the physical version following later during 2024.

Free, booking required

* The Listening Group invites audiences to discover art that uses sound as its primary medium. The Listening Group will convene every four months with guest curators to be announced. Join our mailing list for details about future events.

Joseph Young

Joseph Young


Joseph Young (UK) is an artist living and working between Brighton, Berlin and Dublin. His work investigates the globalised soundscape through immersive listening and recording techniques, more recently focusing on investigations into the haunted nature of sound reproduction. Joseph is an Irish Research Council Scholar, awarded for his practice-based PhD at SMARTlab UCD, Killruddery: Listening to the Archive, Sonic hauntings in a Big House (2019-2023).

Recent exhibitions include The Destruction of Language (after Le Madame), Venice Architecture Biennale (2023); Circa Regna Tonat as part of SLEEPERTOWN, a geo-located public art soundtrail, Ireland and Italy (2021-3); Make Futurism Great Again, Estorick Collection, UK (2018); The Missing Paintings, Towner Art Gallery, UK (2017) and Singing the Castle to life, Lewes Castle, UK (2017).

HIs latest work, Listening to the Wind, will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre in February 2024, curated by Richard Carr, using recordings gathered during a month-long residency at Interface in Connemara.

Anthony Kelly

Anthony Kelly


Anthony Kelly is an artist based in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, whose practice involves sonic and visual approaches to making his work. This includes sound recording, painting, drawing, sound installation, video, and improvised sound performance. Although diverse in construction, his work chiefly concentrates on the shifting and fragmentary nature of sensory experience. To explore this he uses the discarded or overlooked aspects of the world around us which he enlarges and amplifies to create his work.

His creative process frequently involves collaboration. Anthony has received funding from the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland and other funding bodies. His work has been exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad. Some of his recent projects include Anima Mundi 4 + Errant Sound, Berlin & MOS, Gorzow, Poland; City, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda and Floating Point . Future Memories, Sirius Arts Centre, Cork.

  1. Listening List

The Shed Record, Aeron Bergman, Diskono, 2000

Ghost Box

Drew Mullholland https://drewmulholland.bandcam...

The Garden is full of metal, Robin Rimbaud, Complete Music, 1997

The Rauchenberg Scores, Danny McCarthy, Farpoint Recordings, 2017

Landings, Richard Skelton, Type, 2009

Silence/Sound, Pat Collins and Tadhg O'Sullivan, Farpoint Recordings, 2015

A Sound Map Of The Danube, Annea Lockwood, 2001 - 2005

A Sound Map of Dun Laoghaire, Anthony Kelly and David Stalling, 2017 - ongoing

Sounds From Dangerous Places, Peter Cusack, ReR, 2011 https://sounds-from-dangerous-...

In Saint Cuthberts Time, Chris Watson, Touch, 2013

to be continued...