The Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music at Dundalk Institute of Technology has announced the launch of Fís 16 taking place on Wednesday 1 June at 6pm in the Carroll Building. The building houses a state-of-the-art TV studio, audio and radio recording studios, a photographic darkroom, performance spaces, edit suites and a screening room which has facilitated the development of innovative projects and exhibitions once again this year.
The exhibition will remain open to the public on Thursday 2 June from 12pm-8pm and all are welcome to attend. Admission is FREE.
Fís 16 will feature exciting, new, innovative and creative work from students on our Communications, Video and Film, Music Production, Games and Animation programmes. The projects, installations and films being exhibited and screened will represent the diverse creative skills of our students and are of interest to a wide audience.
Speaking about the launch of Fís 16, Dr Adèle Commins, Head of Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music, noted the importance of opportunities such as Fís to allow students showcase the excellent work undertaken in their programme of study. It is a wonderful opportunity for both industry leaders and local communities to come together and enjoy creativity and the arts.
Films directed and produced by students on the BA Video and Film Production and BA (Hons) Video and Film Production include themes of love, satire, death, depression, homelessness and murder. In Get Up, the main character is dealing with depression, while in The Script, a homeless man stumbles across an opportunity.
Many of the projects completed by students on the BA Communications in Creative Multimedia and BA (Hons) Communications in Creative Multimedia take the theme of ‘Independence’ as their inspiration with many proejcts aimed at supporting and informing different groups of society. For example, Eco-Town is an e-learning experience for young children aiming to teach kids how to be environmentally independent of fossil fuels through the use of renewable energy, while Think Twice is an awareness campaign aimed at able bodied people using disabled toilets and the effect this has on disabled people’s quest for independence. Many of the other interactive projects aim to raise awareness of themes such as Alzheimer’s Disease (Remind Me) and anxiety (Calm).
Tracks produced by students on BA Music and Audio Production include a diverse range of genres including rock, jazz and electronic music and these will be available at listening stations in the Garden area of the Carroll Building.
A number of projects featuring in the exhibition reflect on the historic events of the 1916 Rising. Throughout the year the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music has played a central role in the Institute’s commemorative programme of events to make the centenary of 1916 and Fís 16 allows us the opportunity reflect on many of the leaders and visionaries involved in the rising. Saoirse na hÉireann is aimed at secondary school students and follows four key figures through some of the significant areas in Dublin where fighting took place, while Sé Déag is an audio visual experience which transports the audience to evening time on Henrietta Street during the lead up to the 1916 Easter Rising.
Dr Eamonn Crudden, Curator of Fís 16, notes that ‘the Fís exhibition is always a highlight of the academic year for me. I love watching the students continue to learn and to challenge themselves right up to the day of the Exhibition. It is a bittersweet occasion too for students completing their degrees as the camaraderie among them during the build of the exhibition is palpable.’
Fís 16 promises to be an exciting exhibition and all are welcome to join us.
For further information on the full offering of programmes in the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music at both undergraduate and postgraduate level check out https://www.dkit.ie/creative-arts-media-music