Music, photography and movement Dark Sky – an interdisciplinary conversation

A Galway Early Music Festival event

Illustrated talk with Teddie Hwang (Baroque Flute, Astral Photographer) and Georgia MacMillan (Mayo Dark Sky Park Development Officer/Employment Based PhD student, funded by the Irish Research Council)

Astronomy is often considered the oldest and most beautiful of the sciences. A view of celestial wonders in a dark sky overhead has sparked curiosity and inspired art and culture since the dawn of civilization. In this multimedia presentation, flautist and photographer Teddie Hwang joins forces with dark sky educator Georgia MacMillan to talk about the fascinating way music, photography, and our natural heritage of the night sky are intertwined.

Using his own photographic work ranging from portraiture to landscape astrophotography, Teddie will demonstrate how the principles of fine art photography provide insight into music and its interpretation. She will also share how photographing and experiencing the night sky has greatly influenced and redefined her approach to music.

Her speech will then be followed by Georgia MacMillan, Development Officer for Mayo Dark Sky Park in Wild Nephin National Park, Co. Mayo. Georgia will showcase the dark sky movement in Ireland, offering solutions to tackle light pollution, while exploring cultural connections in art, poetry and music that have been inspired by the night sky.

The night sky is our natural asset offering a rare link to the past and the same views our ancestors would have known. This presentation will demonstrate the important ecological, social and cultural links between science and the arts.

A Q&A discussion with the audience concludes the event.

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