Colm Cille’s Spiral November 2013

November 9, 2013

Jamie O’Connell is one of six writers who have been invited to write a fictional piece as part of the Dublin City Council’s Colm Cille Spiral project,  a collaborative effort between the city council and UK partners, led by Difference Exchange. O’Connell’s piece is inspired by the 6th Century Coptic Manuscripts housed in the Chester Beatty Library. Colm Cille’s Spiral is launching on the 13th November in The Church, Dublin City Centre.

Colm Cille’s Spiral is a re-imagination of the legacy of sixth-century Irish monk Colm Cille, or St Columba, through a series of contemporary art and literature commissions and dialogues that unfolds across Ireland and the UK, starting and ending in Derry-Londonderry as part of City of Culture 2013.

Following a notional spiral, six contemporary artistic interpretations, resulting from a collaboration of artists, writers and academics, will link revered and significant sites along once-vital perimeters and sea routes. The commissions will launch on 9 June with a voice performance by Ceara Conway in the River Foyle, Derry-Londonderry, and will include poetry commissions and sound installations on Lindisfarne and Bamburgh, and a video installation as part of a walking tour of significant objects and sites in Dublin. The six commissions will be accompanied by talks, discussion and online exchange in each ‘knot’ of the Spiral, inspiring new understandings of a fascinating shared history of these islands. The six commissions will then be re-presented alongside a concluding ‘creative conversation’ in Derry-Londonderry in December 2013.

The project will cross the modern national borders of Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland at a pertinent moment in their collective histories. Yet, the 6th century picture was very different. Colm Cille was a key figure at the heart of the explosion of culture and learning that emanated from early medieval Ireland and spread through and beyond the British Isles. Carried on this wave of monastic innovation, a new culture of word and image spread open access to knowledge. Some of our contemporary principles of tolerance and social justice, which will be explored by the project, can be traced back to Colm Cille’s legacy.

Colm Cille’s Spiral is a Difference Exchange project in partnership with The Centre for Late Antiquities and Medieval Studies (CLAMS), and King’s Cultural Institute, King’s College London.

For more information visit the official site here.