Launch of ‘The Cavanoids Dance’ in Cavan Town Hall, Ireland (2022)

A new experimental film by boredomresearch,‘The Cavanoids Dance’, will launch as part of Culture Night (23 Sept 2022) in Cavan Townhall gallery, Ireland and be exhibited until 3 November 2022.

Still from ‘The Cavanoids Dance’ film by boredomresearch, 2022.

In ‘The Cavanoids Dance’ you experience the beauty of the Cavanoids, fictional creatures created by boredomresearch. The Cavanoids have been asleep in the rocks of the underworld for millions of years, during which time an insidious and disturbing sound has grown to fill the Cavan Burren. In the depths of Shannon Pot, their song can be heard as the waters become infused with a vitality carried, by this stream, from the world above. The inky waters now come alive with sparkling particles, a message from Manannán mac Lir, calling to awaken the sleeping Cavanoids.

The research and development of this film was created during boredomresearch’s Shannon River Residency in the Cuilcagh Lakelands UNESCO Global Geopark in 2021. During this period boredomresearch met with a diverse community to gain an appreciation of the science and folklore of the local Cavan Burren environment including: Bee Smith and Tony Cuckson (keepers of stories), John Kelly (geologist),  Andy King (farmer and geopark guide) and Heather Bothwell (biologist). Our discussions with these individuals contributed to the development of the film narrative.

This film was produced as part of the River Residencies programme of the Museum of Mythological Water Beasts curated by Ormston House, Limerick and boredomresearch’s residency was co-funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and led by Limerick Culture & Arts Office in partnership with the Cavan Arts Office.