Herding Cats – Siobhán Clancy

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Sun 3rd Dec | 3pm- 6pm | €5


Herding Cats
Herding Cats is a scavenger hunt with a territorial twist. Participants can form teams on the day or take part as solo players. This is a game for grown ups that runs through dusk from A4 Sounds Studio at 3-6pm on Sunday 3rd December 2017.  Hot Chocolate Brandy on arrival and souvenirs for players!

This artwork incorporates ideas that emerged in Playing Potential, a workshop by Sheelagh Broderick and Michael Holly (Art Manoeuvres) facilitated by artist game creator Jamie Harper in March 2017. Proposed by Éilis Murphy, a tabletop version was developed by Siobhán Clancy, Susy FreeLove, Michael Holly and Éilis Murphy, then dramatically explored with other workshop participants. Herding Cats by Siobhán Clancy is supported by A4 Sounds Studio for the 2017 member show Locale #1.

About Siobhán
Siobhán Clancy is a visual artist who collaborates with groups on multimedia and live works relevant to health, disability, education and social justice particularly concerning young people and women in Ireland. Agency and voice are recurring themes in a practice that straddles the fields of art, activism and engaged research.

In 2014, Siobhan completed a Masters in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism at Maynooth University following a BA in Fine Arts at NCAD (2005). Her work has been funded by awards such as the 2015 Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Research and Development Award managed by Create (The National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts) through which home|work developed to collectively confront censorship and self-censorship through art, action, performance, conversation and camradery.

Siobhán is currently artist-in-residence for the Helium Arts ‘Fireflies’ project at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital with Rachel Tynan where they have been experimenting with games development as a creative health tool in transition experiences.

Email: siobhanclancy@gmail.com
Facebook: Siobhán Clancy


Where & When?
Sunday 3rd Dec
3pm – 6pm
Starting Point: A4 Sounds Gallery
Adults Only


Players will need to capture photos and video as part of your scavenging tasks so please bring a fully charged phone with memory on your SD cards!


Exhibition Opening | Pearl – Mónika Bögyös | Fri 17th Nov | 7pm

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Pearl | Mónika Bögyös
17th -26th Nov | A4 Sounds Gallery
A4 Graduate Award Exhibition

Pearl is a new body of work by Mónika Bögyös, created while on residency at A4 Sounds. She has created numerous intricate textile pieces by reusing and reworking images from notebooks from her time as a student. Each work is inspired by her everyday life, and by her experiences during her three-month residency.

Mónika has employed a phenomenally wide range of materials, including unprimed canvas, textiles, embroidery threads, felt, ink pencils, ink blocks, photographs, unbleached muslin, buttons, etching, prints, human hair, shells, stones, oil paint, glass wax, pearls and glass. These materials substantially transform and bring new life to previous work, which would otherwise have been stored away, forgotten and subject to the erasures of time. 

Gracefully weaving together contrasting styles and disparate approaches to her materials and subjects, Mónika brings the viewer on a playful and fantastical journey, akin to exploring a symbolic taxonomy of an otherworldly flora, a ritual semiotics of healing, wellbeing, connection and care. Individual details almost seem to dance forth from the fabric, with a dynamic interplay of vibrant colours between pieces. Each piece is completely different to the next, but with a profusive organicism throughout, and all are imbued with her truly individual style and approach to textiles and sculpture.

About Mónika

Born Szekesfehervar, Hungary in 1972, Mónika currently lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.

Mónika uses a wide range of media including painting, drawing, textiles, sculpture, and photography to observe, investigate and illustrate what it means to be human.  Her rigourous exploration of the materiality of materials used, allows her to communicate her observations through her work.

Since Graduating in June 2017 she her work has been included in the public collection of The Office of Public Works, and has received the A4 DIT Graduate Award 2017, the RHA School Peer Residency Award 2017/18, the Mont Kavanagh Award for Fine Art and was shortlisted for the RDS Visual Arts Award 2017, curated by Nick Miller.

Further information:

Website: http://www.monikabogyos.com
Email: monika_bogyos@hotmail.com



Exhibition Opening
Friday 17th Nov
7pm – 10pm
Drinks Reception & Art Print for Guests

Artist Talk & Exhibition Tour
Saturday 25th Nov
4pm – 5:30pm

General Opening Hours
Fri : 12pm – 6pm
Sat: 1pm – 6pm
Sun: 1pm – 4pm

Find Us
A4 Sounds Gallery
St Joseph’s Parade
Off Upper Dorset Street
Dublin 1
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The Headphone Clinic

22904813_1667968066555525_6408790659845032302_o(1).jpgThe Headphone Clinic: A casual Sunday afternoon experimental audio and collaborative soundscaping experience.

Beanbags to lounge on, and tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Something a little different in the sphere of hands-on participatory audio experimentation. Think ambient – soundscapes – experimental – handmade electronic music – collaborative performances – followed by live sets from invited guests.

Tickets available via our online shop!

Sunday 2pm – 8pm
12th Nov

A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade, Off Upper Dorset St
Dublin 1

2pm – 7pm | Workshops & Hands-on Demonstrations
7pm – 8pm | Live Performances from Gavin Prior & Andy Wilson

For our inaugural edition, we’ll have guest performances from Gavin Prior, performing a semi-improvised set including live reworkings of material from his recent ambient album Always Summer Somewhere; and a modular synthesiser perfromance from A4 member Andy Wilson (plus guests).

From 2pm to 7pm-ish, we’ve hands-on demonstrations and open workshop around all things audio hardware and software related, including a full set of the diminutive new Minijam Studio gear to have a play with. You could also see what’s involved in and even have a go at building an effects pedal, a synth module, an ornament & chime, flash your teensy microcontroller for audio – or perhaps even fix your headphones! Don’t worry if you’re a complete novice to electronic projects. There will be a range of different projects and things to try out, all conducted in a fun and supportive environment, where there will be a few different people to help introduce you to audio hardware or troubleshoot your project as needed. (Get in touch if there’s a particular build or project you’d like to try out)

The open workshop will run gently and directly into the performance aspect of the evening, and you can test out and play with some of the new things that have come to life during the workshop session. We’ll be encouraging participants to collaborate together live, to co-create a once-off soundscape with the one-of-a-kind electronic projects that have been created or tweaked over the afternoon. This will be followed by live ambient / experimental electronic livesets from our invited guest performers, themselves no complete strangers to DIY electronics or unconventional apporaches to sound-making. We’re aiming to make this a mini-series of events to run in 2018, so do get in touch if any of this floats your boat.

Gavin Prior – Always Summer Somewhere: https://desertedvillage.bandcamp.com/album/always-summer-somewhere **also on display will be a selection from the series of the 32 x 32 cm prints created to accompany each of the tracks on the album.

Minijam Studio review: http://www.factmag.com/2017/04/29/minijam-studio-review/

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Creative Technology for Artists & Makers Course

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Creative Technology for Artists and Makers Course 

with Claudine Chen and Andy Wilson

Limited to 8 participants.

This course will introduce open source electronics and programming tools that can be used for all sorts of interactive audio or visual projects. Over the 4 weeks we will cover basic analog electronics and how to solder, working with LEDs and Arduino, and programming for AV using open source software including Pure Data, Patchblocks and Processing. If you want to include things like wearable electronics, sensors or open source hardware or software in your projects, this is the workshop for you!

The workshop is suitable for beginners to electronics or programming.

Full Course €140
Part 1 – Hardware & Analog €75
Part 2 – Software & Coding €75

Sunday 2-7pm
19th Nov – 10th Dec

A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade, Off Upper Dorset St
Dublin 1

– How to solder
– How to power and connect LEDs
– How to incorporate sensors into audiovisual creations
– How to use an Arduino
– How to create audiovisuals with Pure Data, Patchblocks, and Processing

Participants to bring:
– Laptop if possible

Materialas Provided:
– Soldering Irons
– Oscillator PCBs and components
– Speaker/Monitors
– Arduinos

Course Breakdown

Part 1 – Hardware & Analog

Class 1
Analog electronics and learn to solder –  This week we will learn to solder by building an audio oscillator and have a look at some of the basic electronics components normally found in audio and video electronics. The oscillator you build, which is yours to take home, can be used to generate a sine wave audio signal

Class 2
LEDs/Arduino – want to incorporate LEDs into your project? This week we will look at how to make blinking or fading LEDs using an Arduino, and how to change the colour of RGB LEDs. We will do some basic programming and look at how to incorporate sensors and rechargeable batteries for portable projects. We’ll also have a quick look at other boards out there besides Arduino such as the Raspberry Pi & Teensy that can be used for projects with different requirements.

Part 2 – Software & Coding

Class 4
Pure Data & Patchblocks – Pure Data and Patchblocks are object orientated programming environments that utilise code in user friendly blocks, that can then be linked together and dragged around to create a “patch”, or a finished program of code. Patches can be as simple or complex as you like and can perform a few or many different functions.

Class 4
Processing – Processing is a java-based programming environment that makes it very easy to interact with your webcam, Arduino, or the keyboard and mouse. You can create shapes and colors, and manipulate images and video; you can also create sounds and manipulate sound files. You will learn basic programming skills.

Learning Resources (all weeks) – Each week everyone will get all the files, code, patches, etc that we’ve been looking at in each workshop to take home and use again.


Claudine Chen earned her electronics chops getting her applied physics Ph.D., and expanded to creative coding as a student of the School of Machines, Making, and Make-Believe in Berlin. She exhibited the collaboration Alternative Soundtrack as part of the Lacuna Lab Activation exhibition at Spektrum in Berlin in 2016. She helped found Science Hack Day Berlin in 2013.

Andy Wilson is currently working as an electronic instrument designer for www.patchblocks.com, developing a new interactive audio platform for the next generation of music makers. He also recently worked for 2 years with www.maker.ie developing open source DIY audio products and delivering DIY electronics workshops, and in the past year in the past year has exhibited work at audio industry events in Dublin, Berlin and London.