Cork Ignite is one of Simon McKeowns most ambitious Live Art project to date. It played out to an audience of thousands in the City of Cork on the evening of September 15th as the culminating event of Cork Culture Night 2015. 7-10,000 people of all ages attended. The work has since featured in documentaries, promos and academic review.
The work was conceived as a public artwork, tailored to suit a large and very diverse audience. The conceptual appeal of the material, its staging and dramatic effect are all big issues and as such, it had to be much more than a single thematic theme. This is not cinema. Instead, it is about confounding, confusing and entertaining an audience, aged 5 to 80+. Cork Ignite did this using 3 key intertwined themes, taking inspiration from Cork and its history, material from the creative disabled community of Cork along with manipulation of city and architectural space. It was a poetical visual work, full of fun and chaos and which surprised, amused and hopefully stunned viewers.
During April 2016 McKeown launched Trace Elements, a solo exhibition at the Foundation for Arts and Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool, UK, which documented the project and invited viewers to learn more about the process behind projection mapping and the overall event itself.
Please see the PDF below for a review of Cork Ignite, as well as the Press page for press and social media reaction.