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DAWN @NEB 2024

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Join me at New European Bauhaus Festival (NEB)!

I am absolutely thrilled that my immersive performance piece, Dawn, has been selected to be a part of the New European Bauhaus Festival! I cannot wait to meet each and every one of you and share Dawn with you all.


From April 9th to April 13th, we invite you to join us in Brussels for an immersive experience at Parc du Cinquantenaire and the Arts & History Museum. This unique festival celebrates the intersection of imagination, sustainability, and inclusivity, envisioning a future that is both aesthetically captivating and socially responsible. Through interactive sessions, workshops, demonstrations, and artistic performances, you'll witness the innovative spirit of Europe as we collectively strive towards a more harmonious and sustainable future.

One of the highlights of the festival is the New European Bauhaus Prizes 2024 Ceremony, where we'll honour 20 outstanding projects, designs, and ideas that embody the values of the NEB movement. Be sure to explore the exhibition in the Museum Stage to discover the finalists and witness their remarkable contributions.

Join us as we come together to inspire, innovate, and shape a brighter tomorrow at the New European Bauhaus Festival!

Open and free for everyone

Brought to you by the European Commission in cooperation with the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, this festival invites everyone to embark on a 5-days journey of creativity and collaboration exchange on your visions with people from Brussels and across the globe.

WHERE:      Dawn will take place in the Auditorium Foyer located in the Musée d'Histoire et d'Art,

  Parc du Cinquantenaire, 10 - 1000 Bruxelles


WHEN:       10th - 13th April 2024, 12:00 to 18:00, Free performance every 20 mins

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Dawn is an immersive experiential art performance that invites the audience to step outside their own reality into an alternative sensory rich space. Within this, each person’s individual reaction to the sensory stimuli creates a deeply personal and captivating experience. This installation invites 1-10 people (depending on space available) to participate in a performance. Each participant is asked to wear a soft hand-made textile hood sculpted by the artist, and listen to an 8.5 minute audio.

Once the audience has been ‘hooded’ the lights in the room are switched off and the audio begins to fade into the space. The audio features a recording of the dawn chorus created by the artist at 4.30am at the height of summer in her family home in Kildare, Ireland.  After approximately 2 minutes a single spotlight is very gradually illuminated. As the performance continues, the audio intensifies and the strength of the spotlight increases.  The ‘hoods’ are designed to ensure that the viewer cannot see the room, they can only see the architectural pleats within the hood. As the light in the room increases, it penetrates through the top of the pleats to alter the viewer’s vista – changing the shadows cast within their private hood space. Finally, the spotlight is fully turned up for the final 2 minutes of the performance.

After 8.5 minutes, the audio comes to a sudden, abrupt end and the spotlight is switched off. The audience is once again in darkness and silence. The audience is invited to remove their hoods to individually and collectively reflect on their experience.  As they remove their hoods and reflect on the performance of the dawn chorus they come to realise they have shared in an individual and group experience – they are encouraged to discuss and reflect on the reflective emotions of experiencing dawn that this brings.

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