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Eadar

Freelands Foundation, 2023

Matt Zurowksi, 'Bayble', 2023. Video still.jpg

Eadar (Scottish Gaelic - Between) combines research into Scottish folklore archives and their associated technologies, paranormal investigative techniques and contemporary ecological thought. After erasing all speaking from archive tape recordings of people discussing encounters with the daoine sìth or fairies, all that is left behind is the residual tape hiss of silences between words. By cutting these “silences” together and treating them as sites of vibrant ecological potential, Eadar is an attempt to fuse the paranormal listening methodology ‘Electronic Voice Phenomenon’ with the supernatural ecologies present in Gaelic folklore, attending to the presence of the more-than-human in archival materials. 

Complimenting these ghostly resonances is a video taken at a fairy mound. An old tomb, this mound is one of hundreds found in the Scottish landscape. As eminent Scottish ecologist Alistair McIntosh describes it:

 

Prominent amongst the many cultural landscape features of Scotland are the numerous hills and mounds said to be the underground dwellings of the fairy folk. Traditionally such places were viewed with apprehension and fear by many, but have also been recognised as gateways to another world. (McIntosh, A.  ‘Fairy Hills, Biodiversity & Heritage’ 1997)

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