Aoife DeMille

County Dublin

I am an Irish multimedia installation and sound artist currently based in Dublin. As a sound artist, I explore rich and emotive imagery through vocal and sound manipulation. With a specialisation in music technology, I utilise digital audio workstations such as Logic Pro X and Ableton Live Suite for composition, sound design, production, and live acoustic and electronic performance. By way of exploring the psychoacoustic and semiotic effects that sound can have on a listener, I seek to adjust and expand the capabilities of acoustic and virtual instruments in order to create dense audio landscapes. I also employ audio programming softwares such as p5 javascript, Max 8, and Pure Data in my compositional practice as a trained sound technician.
With a background in classical performance and study, I endeavour to utilise this expertise throughout my contemporary artistic projects. I perform the recorder, piano, guitar, tin whistle, low whistle, and harmonium. Though my career seeks to develop my artistic practice as an installation artist, this proves helpful in giving a broader understanding of my extensive background in performance.
I hold a Bachelors in Music from Trinity College Dublin and therefore conduct extensive academic research in the conduction of my installation art pieces. I frequently employ solution-based, ‘design-thinking’ in my artistic practice due to the nature of my course of study. Academic, artistic research aids in my exploration of thematic and conceptual materials which inform my artworks as it is felt that this provides a more in-depth understanding of my arts practice areas. As part of my Senior Sophister year in university, I designed, developed and created my debut solo exhibition which was titled Interstices of Sound & Vision: Heterotopia Installation (2019). This exhibition saw the creation of a multimedia, immersive installation which explored a broad range of interdisciplinary themes and research. Involving thorough analyses of Michel Foucault’s heterotopia theory, Iannis Xenakis’ Polytopes, installation art forms informed by post-structuralist theory, Charles Pierce’s semiotics theory and so forth, the installation went on to receive two awards granted by the Department of Music, including best overall Senior Sophister project.
My goal as an installation artist is to create abstract physical and conceptual spaces to form sensory experiences and self-reflexive, transformative environments. I seek to better define my work through the exploration of themes and topics in an abstract and broader contextual frameworks. I also endeavour to create original installation artwork by utilising my broad set of skills. I hope to continue my learning in techniques for installation artwork construction such as lighting and visual development and to disseminate my artwork through public exhibition in Ireland in order to foster my career here. Through the creation of immersive, site-specific installations, I hope to create a new paradigm for contemporary installation art experience and interaction.
Overall, my work acts as facilitator for emotional introspection—sound and visual journeys that delicately suggest but never instruct, my work provides a platform for audience members to become co-creators in the experience.

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