Orasaigh

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Soundwalk composition, commissioned by Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre, Lochmaddy as part of the exhibition 'Orasaigh' a collaboration between poet Steve Ely and photographer Michael Faint, inspired by the landscape around the tidal island of Orasaigh, located on the coast of South Uist at Boisdale. Ely’s visionary poem, whilst always remaining anchored in the island, roams widely, exploring a range of themes related to Uist and the wider world – sea level rise, the crisis of the ‘sixth extinction’, history, culture, politics, conflict and class. Faint’s powerful photographs vividly capture the spirit of the place, creating an independent yet complementary subjectivity. The work of the two artists combines and interacts to produce a uniquely evocative response to a rich and resonant landscape in a work that affirms the vitality and resilience of the human spirit, with the island itself becoming a dual symbol of precarity and hope in the crisis of the Anthropocene.

Poem: Steve Ely Photography: Michael Faint Narration: Steve Ely Music & Soundscape compositions: Duncan MacLeod Bass Clarinet: Charlotte Jolly Environmental field recordings: Juraj Fajnor & Duncan MacLeod Recording Engineer: Juraj Fajnor


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Section 1: The Machair & Beach

Orasaigh I From the midsummer height of Càireasbhal, looking west over causewayed Dùn na Cil…

Section 2 Across the causeway

Orasaigh III Low tide. I pick my way between wrack-matted boulders and banks of rotting kelp t…

Section 3 The Island loop & return across the causeway

Section 4 Return, and enter, the cemetery

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