XENOPHON: UBI TUNC VOX INAUDITAE MELODIAE? ET VOX INAUDITAE LINGUAE? is a new installation by Visual Artist Siobhán McGibbon and Writer Maeve O’Lynn, exploring post-human regenerative therapies. These post-humans attempt to communicate through means that humans can no longer understand: despite having embraced bio-tech and animal hybridization, communication continues to pose a challenge in a way that is all too human. This dialogue will, therefore, be experienced through the mediums of poetry and music, highlighting the redundancies and inadequacies of ordinary language to form the basis of much meaningful communication, culminating, instead, with movement, animation and non-lexical song.
XENOPHON: UBI TUNC VOX INAUDITAE MELODIAE? ET VOX INAUDITAE LINGUAE is part of McGibbon O’Lynn’s on-going Xenophon Project collaboration and is inspired by the work of twelfth-century Catholic mystic and noted natural historian Hildegard von Bingen, who developed one of the first invented languages, Lingua Ignota, for purposes unknown; perhaps to communicate with people and societies far in the future.
Irish based artist Siobhán McGibbon (Cork) and writer Maeve O’Lynn (Belfast) began their collaboration on The Xenophon Project in 2015. The Xenophon Project is an inter-disciplinary art and words project that employs sculpture, narrative, animation and technology to explore the interstices between art and science, and the future of the human species. Xenophon is a speculative commentary on a spectrum of related bio-ethical issues: current research in bio-inspiration, regenerative medicine, stem cell applications, transhumanism, and immortality.
Previous shows include the Science Gallery and The LAB in Dublin, Tulca Festival of Visual Art in Galway and the Millennium Court Arts Centre in Portadown.