• Images of the stones by night encorporating the mapped projections

  • Drombeg on the Night 

  • Drombeg Stone Circle by day:  The two portal stones in the foreground showing the sacrificial recumbent stone between them in the background.

  •      LOCATION: 


       WEST CORK


  • De Profundis.  Stone Circle.  Digitally Mapped Print.  White.                                         AVAILABLE TO BUY HERE

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  • The 2016 CoLab pilot was lead by Martin Coyne in collaboration with  Helle Helsner; David Bickley; Tom McCarthy; Richard Lloyd LewisSue Crellin-McCarthy.  

  • The Baby Forest CoLab was conceived with these ideas at its heart:


    De Profundis


    Datta, dayadhvam, damyata. Giving, compassion, control. Three Sanskrit words from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad used by T.S. Eliot in the last verse of his epic poem The Wasteland. They are a desperate prayer for a world he saw as destroyed by modernity – in particular modern mechanised warfare which he had witnessed in the horrors of the first world war. The words in isolation can be taken as tenets adhering to Hindu philosophy. When viewed as constituents of a single sentence they become a timeless votive. Giving compassion control. Three words, that if they could enter the hearts of all humanity, could heal the world. Political agency, direct action, attempts at global stewardship, lobbying for changes to international law – all these strategies seem to be failing at this moment in our history. We are faced with a cataclysm and the last means we have of effecting change is the same Eliot turned to in desperation – that of prayer. Impotent perhaps, futile maybe; but not entirely pointless. It is these acts we sometimes witness the finest qualities of human nature and in others they yield phenomena that last for millennia.

    The prehistoric population of the British Isles faced catastrophe over five thousand years ago and their despairing plea to the sky left us with some of the most enduring and hallowed sites in human history. Annual growth-rings in ancient Irish oaks show a sudden contraction around 3190BC caused by colder, wetter weather. Around the same time acid rain from volcanic eruptions in Iceland created miasmic clouds, almost eliminating sunlight in northern Europe. It is postulated that around this period that a harsh, unrelenting winter was experienced by the population that lasted for around fifteen years. We do not know what the exact effects of this was on a pre-state civilisation but we can be in no doubt that they would be nothing less than appalling. The strangest phenomena that arises from this period is the change in form of devotional structure. Up until this point earth worship was predominant. Sacred places were marked by barrows and mounds with distinctly feminine portals that burrowed into Mother Earth. In a period of roughly one hundred years - a blink of the eye of history – these structures were abandoned. The stone circle appeared. Hewn rocks that mapped and honoured the celestial objects that spun above their beloved earth. The heavens had been ignored in favour of the fertile mother and they had abandoned the world. The stones were a desperate prayer for their favour.    

    Martin Coyne                                                                                                                                                                                                             >>>>>>>>>>>

  • De Profundis.  Stone Circle.  Digital Print.  

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    Baby Forest CoLab - About the Programme

    In August of this year, several BF Founding Creators got together at BFHQ West Cork to take part in the inaugral Baby Forest CoLab - a pilot and exploration into the whats and hows of running an ongoing collaborative programme involving Baby Forest Creators of different disciplines coming together to create a piece of work incorporating a wide range of skills.  

    We know that partnerships can yield some of the most dynamic and interesting results in any field of human endeavour. It also known that partnerships are notoriously difficult to form and maintain.  The Baby Forest CoLab Programme, with the input and energy of participating BF Creators,  is seeking an ethos, environment and atmosphere of exchange in which artists can collaborate to make meaningful work. We are investigating and exploring what it takes to provide an environment where creators can forge bonds, enable a parity of experience, and result in a rich and beneficial collaboration. It is our hope that by physically coming together in an experimental and collaborative way, perfecting our strategies, logistics and format as we go, we will potentially formalise a programme by which Baby Forest can develop and provide cultural events and experiences epic in scale and scope.   

    Our goals can only be achieved by risk and experimentation. In this process of testing strategies, success is always welcomed but so is failure. Often, more is learned from brave failures than safe success. Despite two of the potential collaborators being knocked out due to unforeseen circumstances, the worst August weather ever limiting access and set up to a one shot, live on the night 'do or die',  a poignant and dynamic piece of work was produced and delivered with all logistics planned and implemented flawlessly. For 45 minutes we lit up the Drombeg Stone Circle with a combination of powerful mapped projection imagery, and a sound piece echoing out across the land to the sky and sea to cast our votive offering into the darkness. 

    The resulting film, De Profundis, and the accompanying sound piece is an edit of footage taken during the live projection onto the stones, digital manipulation of some of that imagery, words forged and sounds created during the CoLab process.

    The CoLab team have also produced two digital prints from this project, proceeds from sales of which will go towards developing further Baby Forest CoLab events, enabling creators to cross pollinate ideas and skills sets to ehance and benefit future practice.  

    Ideas to build on these beginnings are already underway for 2017 ... we'll keep you posted!                                       >>>>>>>>>







    Made as part of the Baby Forest CoLab Programme

                                   On location at BFHQ                                                 and Drombeg Stone Circle, West Cork, Ireland


    A film for Winter Solstice 2016