Alan Dormer Installation IE 2015



Residing in Limerick, Ireland, Alan’s work with sound crosses multiple mediums including installation, film, dance, theatre, and composition. Currently perusing a Ph.D. in sound art at the University of Limerick, his research and practice, focuses on the relationship between sound, place, memory, and identity. Works, presented as site-specific installation and public art, use acoustic memory and sonic relocation in an attempt to address a sense of place. Recent work has also included, sonic interventionism in public space and sound design for screen dance and theatre. He is currently working on a series of installations that, through sound, explore the relationship between mythology, memory, and landscape.

Research Interests: Alan’s research focuses on the relationship between sound and space, and how this relationship is influential on human perception. Research crossing science, arts, and philosophy investigate how aural architecture influences the human psyche.

Multi-sensory perceptual information creates an embodiment and rootedness within the spaces we occupy, it connects us physically, mentally, and spiritually to our ambiances. In a world of the physical, ocularcentrism has led to the suppression of, and poor designing for our other senses. Considering this, research will investigate the role of audition within architectural and social spaces and it’s psychological, cognitive, and behavioral effects.

Alan’s PhD will be conducted through research led arts practice, works and experimentation place attention on symbolic spatiality, acoustic memory, aural architecture, and emotional synchronism.

The installation combines custom applications with proximity based beacon technology to produce real time audio manipulation based on user proximity. Using Estimote beacons, placed, or simply attached to trees within the woodland area the work will be installed on the day prior to the festival. The installation, which uses a total of six beacon as its infrastructure will have no impact of the woodland.