Meireal (Brackish)

is a site-specific environmental sound installation and live real-time continual broadcast. A single hydrophone placed within a fishing creel (functioning both as protective enclosure and microphone shock mount) records the daily activity of a sea loch adjacent to the port of Lochmaddy on the island of North Uist.

The microphone is strategically located behind the small island of Eilean Casaig at a confluence of edge habitats between the industrial port, connecting marine traffic to the Minch, and the tidal sea lochs which extend into uninhabited natural lands. Among the tidal ebb and flow of currents anthropogenic sounds of seaweed harvesting, ferry traffic, and fishing boats compete with natural sounds of the marine habitat of the bay.

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Thanks to:
Andy MacKinnon, Charles Fraser, Jennifer Lee, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre, David Gasca, Douglas Moffat, North Uist Estate, Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar,, Robb Nichols & Aquarian Audio, Dr. Holger Klinck Bioacoustics Research Program Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Mairi Brewer, Ithaca College.

Created through the generous support of Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre

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Artist Bio

Joshua Bonnetta (b.1979) is a Canadian artist working with sound and analogue film across installation and cinema exhibition. His work is primarily concerned in engaging the embedded histories of environments, structures, and materials.

His films have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Whitechapel Gallery, BFI London Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and at various festivals, museums, and galleries internationally. His work has been written about in Art Forum, Frieze, Sight & Sound, Cinemascope, The Guardian, and the New York Times.

He lives and works between New York City and upstate New York.

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