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2 Channel Land
2 Channel Land is a series of works exploring the history of analogue radio and television signals spilling across the borders of Ireland and Britain. The series currently includes a radio installation and a short docu-fiction film.
The radio installation is a collaboration with Tom O’Dea which was first exhibited at CCA Derry-Londonderry from July 19 - 24 September 2022.
2 Channel Land by Frank Sweeney and Tom O’Dea looks at the history of analogue radio and television signals spilling across the borders of these islands. Reflecting the complex spatial territories that were produced by transmitters and their environment, the work takes the form of a radio sculpture that permeates the gallery. Moving through the space using handheld radios, the sculpture presents an archive of audience memories, border pirate radio stations and TV deflector systems built by communities to capture and retransmit signals from across the border.
- Centre for Contemporary Art Derry ≈ Londonderry
- Sirius Arts Centre (forthcoming 2023)
‘2 Channel Land’ is a north-western docu-fiction film exploring the history of analogue signals spilling across the borders of these islands.
The film was commissioned by aemi & Sirius Arts Centre, and premiered at Cork International Film Festival on November 19th 2022.
- Preview at Cork International Film Festival - Nov 2022
- Doc Ireland Belfast - 24th June 2023
Director of Photography - Seán Mullen
Cast - Janie Doherty, Lorraine McCauley
Art Direction - Aisling Redmond
Costume Design - Amie Egan
Additional Cinematography - Cóilín O’Connell, Janie Doherty, Frank Sweeney
Taxi Driver - Martin Benson
Script Consultant - Rachel Donnelly
Editing - Anna Heisterkamp, Frank Sweeney
Animation & Compositing - Andrew Loughnane
Colour Grade - Enda Rowan
Stills Treatment - Tom O’Dea, Frank Sweeney
by Morgan Buckley
‘The Ballad of the Deflector’
by Morgan Buckley, Janie Doherty, Frank Sweeney
‘Come On Down (To the Border Town)’
by Lorraine McCauley & Clifford Austin
‘Live outside Croke Park’ by Acid Granny
aemi & Sirius Arts Centre
The Arts Council of Ireland
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios