One of the three main rivers of Dublin, the Tolka has often felt like the forgotten water sibling of the Liffey and Dodder. Until now. Over 3 days a series of site specific public events will consider the river and its connection to our lives. Through sound, film, performance and discussion; six commissioned artists will explore the river’s significance as an ecosystem, to communities, to diverse histories, and to regional and national current affairs.
A series of audio-visual compositions by Matt Green will recount expeditions in search of elusive wildlife while a short film by Sven Anderson and Jennie Guy explores an impossible ecological event and a resulting series of disjointed planning proposals addressing the built environment surrounding the river. A choral work of found-texts and improvised melodies composed by local singers in workshops led by John D’Arcy. Stuart Sloan has created a short to explore human interaction with the Tolka and Conor McIvor filters a timeline embracing the mythical, spiritual, historical and contemporary from the waters which run along its banks.
Tolka Nights wends its way from the Grasshopper in Clonee on Thursday (audio visual works) through the Tolka Valley Park in Fingal (screening, live performance) before resting in the College of Amenity Horticulture and the National Botanic Gardens (river amplification) on Saturday.