HAROON MIRZA'S exhibition of Anthemoessa is running in Mother's Tank Station through 27 March 2010. In Greek mythology Anthemoessa was home to the Sirens, from whence their plaintive songs drifted through the dark, luring sailors to their death on concealed jagged rocks. They knew they were sailing to their doom but couldn't resist the siren songs. Mirza employs this poetic but randomly violent idea to conceptually imagine the gallery as an island home.
The exhibit space mashes up audio and sculptural compositions. I feel layers and complexities, along with socio-cultural artefacts. In my teaching world of exposing students to a range of audio, from random noise through processed sound to multi-channel music, work like Mirza's low-fi assemblages give me another sonic environment worth hearing.
Every time I walk Victoria Quay toward Heuston Station, I glance at Mother's Tankstation, a gallery that used to be a derelict garage and before that, part of an island with a heritage dating to 1428, when the Friars Preachers of the convent of St. Saviour's had a residential school nearby. The friars kept An important library of philosophy and theology.
See more at Mother’s Tankstation. 41-43 Watling Street, Ushers Island, Dublin 8. Ireland.