Songs of Being Seen


Songs of Being Seen

A participatory arts project with artist Chris Doris

This project by artist, psychotherapist and long time meditation facilitator. Chris Doris, Songs of Being Seen offers the opportunity to train in  mindfulness with the many proven life benefits it offers while also creating an exciting and innovative artwork.

The project involves training a group of 9 singers in the skills of mindfulness in relationship. From this basis a process of group vocalizing will be developed in response to the felt sense of a person’s presence.

The final work will be a cycle of 5 minute songs interspersed with 5 minutes of silence with a duration of 3 hours. Every five minutes a new member of the public will join the singers’ circle and they will spontaneously vocalize as a form of open inquiry into the felt sense of the person’s presence and the developing relational field.

Songs of Being Seen is the latest in the artist’s series of silence- based ‘public inquiries’  which began with the seminal 40 Days and 40 Nights on Croagh Patrick (‘99) and includes Whatshappening, (Dáil Eireann 2007) and 10 Poets Observe (Municipal Gallery,Dublin 2010). Songs of Being Seen is the first inquiry to use sound.

Chris’ work has explored the nature of being and selfhood for thirty years. These themes have been addressed in a practice that spans painting, print, drawing and public inquiries employing modes of observation from meditation and psychotherapy.

This new and exciting project will be one of the highlights of the Sligo Choral Festival 2018, 16th – 18th November which will take place in The Model to celebrate it’s 30th anniversary. We are inviting singers from local choral groups to participate in this premiere event. For this project, participants will be taking part in a number of training and creating workshops over the coming months in the lead up to this.

The artist has requested nine singers to participate in this project – three base, three alto, two tenors and one soprano. Please note participation in this project is free.

If you are interested in being part of this, please contact

16th – 18th November 2018

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