Mhairi Killin’s Total Immersion at GSA

'On Sonorous Seas' projection. Image Sarah Darling
'On Sonorous Seas' projection. Image Sarah Darling

Title:
Mhairi Killin: On Sonorous Seas

Times:
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:30

From: 26 Nov 2022

To: 17 Dec 2022

Venue:
Glasgow School of Art
Reid Gallery
Glasgow
Glasgow & the Clyde Valley

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Mhairi Killin: On Sonorous Seas at Glasgow School of Art’s Reid Gallery has its origins in 2018, when a whale carcass came ashore at the north end of the island of Iona, where Mhairi lives. Finding out why the whale died led the artist on a journey into the tangled overlay of two cryptic environments: that of the military and deep diving whales. It took her on a ten-day sea voyage aboard the Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust’s research vessel, the Silurian, during the largest NATO-led military exercise in Europe – Joint Warrior – and immersed her in an open ocean world of sound. What became of the Iona whale is a story told through science, art, music and poetry, exploring the power of and reliance on sound as a survival tool for both the whales and the military and the complex relationship between the militarisation of Scotland’s seas and their ecosystems. 

On Sonorous Seas was commissioned by An Tobar and Mull Theatre, where the exhibition was first presented earlier this year. Killin produced a podcast series which explores both the research behind the project and the collaborations behind its making. More details can be found on the GSA’s website and the project’s website (see panel).

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