Cork Ignite

Cork Ignite is part of the overall Ignite Programme and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Cork City Council with partners National Sculpture Factory and Create Ireland featuring projection mapping, audio and theatre.

Simon and his team are currently working in Ireland on a new project entitled ‘Cork Ignite’ which is an international commission, conceived during 2013 and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Cork City Council with lead partners National Sculpture Factory and Create Ireland. It represents a culmination of many of his research interests including, large scale complex outdoor projection, theatrical works, soundscapes, water and collaboration with disabled artists. It will be a premiere Cork event and it will play out on to an audience of around 5,000 to 10,000 and will potentially tour thereafter during 2015.

Simon will be working with the National Sculpture Factory and Create, along with Cork-based disability organisations COPE Foundation and SoundOUT, to produce a spectacular event that will dazzle thousands of on-lookers. He says of the Ignite commission, “My aim is to create, in collaboration, a hugely exciting body of work in Cork and for this work to be seen as a fundamental stepping stone in the perception and production of art which touches on, or considers disability.”

Simon recently presented at FACT in Liverpool on December the 1st 2014 and this event also featured an excellent panel including Mary McCarthy, Director of the National Sculpture Factory and Chair of Culture Ireland, Kath Gorman, Independent Producer and Cork Ignite Project Manager, Pádraig Naughton, Director of Arts & Disability Ireland and Dr Paul Darke, Academic, writer and cultural critic. For more information please see this Facebook page and you can also find out more here at the official festival page here - DaDaFest.

The videos and images nearby are from Simon's earlier outdoor work on Prometheus Awakes.