This Saturday March 7th will see a unique performance of the science and sound of the underground in Trinity College Dublin.
Entitled Inception Horizon, the event combines the latest understanding of the movement of water through Irish limestone, with the world premiere of a choral piece inspired by a cave system Co. Clare’s karst region of the Burren.
Karst is one of Ireland’s most distinctive landscapes and is formed where the rock is limestone and has been dissolved by flowing water. Karst landscapes, such as the Burren in Co. Clare are full of sinkholes, caves, disappearing streams and turloughs (vanishing lakes). In iCRAG, the SFI Research Centre for Applied Geosciences, Prof. Laurence Gill leads research into the movement of groundwater through these features and its interaction with local flooding.
Last year Prof. Gill led the Mellow Tonics choir, of which he is a member, to a cave near Slieve Elva in the Burren to learn about the formation of cave systems and water flow in karst. The composer and musical director Norah Constance Walsh then composed Inception Horizon to explore the sounds, shapes and science of karst through the medium of song.
March 7th will see the world premiere of the piece in the cavernous and iconic Museum Building in Trinity College Dublin.
Inception Horizon is supported by the Trinity College Dublin Performing Arts Fund, and iCRAG, the SFI Research Centre for Applied Geosciences.