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Lugh O’ Neill

Lugh O’Neill’s work navigates a space formed by the overlap between what is recognisably tangible and the aseptic sterility of the digital – the separation of which is continuously challenged. In recent works, Lugh has focused on emphasising the potential of spatialisation in music composition.Lugh has performed and exhibited at venues such as KW Berlin, MAXXI Rome, Sonar Barcelona, CCCB Barcelona, ZKM Karlsruhe, Cafe OTO London, and regularly collaborates with artists such as Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Tomas Saraceno, Doireann O’Malley, Ian Cheng, Petrit Halilaj and Alvaro Urbano, Marie Requa Gailey, Dylan Kerr and Leisha Thomas.As co-founder of C.A.N.V.A.S. Lugh has released his works such as Re Munus, directed events and co-produces other works released on the label.

Image credits: Luis Artemio de Los Santos

Artist Statement

At the core of Temporary Pleasure is community engagement through architecture. Throughout the whole process of creating spaces, their audience is intrinsically involved. Their goal is to create inclusive, shared experiences and spaces for communal transcendence, which are built with and for the community in a time where this has been most deprived.

Lugh brings a focus on spatial sound, alternative formats for music and sound performance, and various audio experiences in acoustic space.The collaboration will offer an unprecedented chance to develop an architectural space dedicated to the presentation of musical works which defy restrictions imposed by the designs and formats of existing concert and sound art venues. We will undo restrictions such as the frontal aspect of music performance, the architectural separation of audience and performers, by creating environments in which music performance regains access to the entire space and audiences take an active participatory role in the experience.

We will challenge the negation of audio’s spatiality which has resulted from the dominance of stereo audio, by presenting work on spatial sound systems, thus reintroducing the inherent three dimensionality of sound.The combination of Temporary Pleasure’s and Lugh’s expertise will be help foster the development of space for diverse spatial music experiences, within which Lugh’s work will provide artistic narrative which highlights the aims and significance of this new space. A series of concerts, chosen for their diversity in terms of media and form, will be held to highlight this new music and sound experience format’s potential.

Project : An ephemeral spatial sound environment

The project aligns Temporary Pleasure’s architectural solutions for events and music experiences, with Lugh O’Neill’s spatial sound and music composition, the combining of which will be conducive to creating space for unprecedented music experiences which innovate by taking cues from other formats and media, allowing for versatile productions.

Lugh O’ Neill’s past works

Lugh O’Neill, “KARST”, 2022. Exhibition view of “KARST”, ZKM, Karlsruhe. Co-commissioned by S+T+ARTS and CCCB, Barcelona.
Image Credits: ZKM.
Tomas Saraceno, Free the Air: How to hear the universe in a spider/web, Exhibition view. Sound composition and spatial sound design by Lugh O’Neill, Lighting design by Christof Daniel Hetzer, Alex Brok and Rembrandt Pieplenbosch, a 95-foot-diameter installation at the Shed, New York (February 2022), Image creadits : Studio Tomás Saraceno
Lugh O’Neill, “KARST”, 2022. Still image from the multichannel video installation version of “KARST”. Co-commissioned by S+T+ARTS and CCCB, Barcelona.Image credits: By Author