Notes on the (Microscopical) Character of Krakatoa

Artist Name(s) Amanda Rice
Artwork title Notes on the (Microscopical) Character of Krakatoa
Context/Background Commissioned as part of the Secrets of Offaly public art project (other projects were completed in Clara and Kinnitty), Rice presented an interactive public art work in the Village of Clonbullogue, Offaly on Monday 10 August at 1.30pm which focuses on one particular aspect of John Joly’s research on the Indonesian volcano of Krakatoa which first erupted in 1883. The project was launched by Dr Ciaran Reilly of NUI Maynooth.

Entitled “Notes on the (Microscopical) Character of Krakatoa” the interactive installation comprises, a research presentation and first public viewing of an interactive artwork composed of sound, video and sculpture. The viewer can expect to peer into a geometric sculptural object and see video images of Joly's artefacts  and hear a spoken excerpt from one of John Joly's research papers on Kratkatoa.

So how did Joly study the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) which took place on August 26, 1883? It was one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded history. The sound made by the Krakatoa volcanic eruption in 1883 was so loud it ruptured the eardrums of people 40 miles away and supposedly travelled around the world four times. A Norwegian vessel named the Borjild was in the vicinity of the erupting Krakatoa with the volcanic ash falling on its decks for a considerable period. The ship docked in Dublin in February 1884 where John Joly obtained samples of the volcanic ash and wrote a paper entitled ‘Notes on the Microscopical Character of the volcanic Ash from Krakatoa”.


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Amanda Rice (b. 1985) is a visual artist based between Mayo and Cork working with moving image, photography and installation. Incorporating research methodologies into her working practise. Her work discusses the remains and failings of different aspects of industry and utopian systems. 

She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, recent shows include ‘Translucent Flag’, MART, (Dublin), ‘New Living Art IV’ Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, (Dublin) ‘Watching the River Flow’, Caminhos international Film festival (Portugal) and ‘Cutting a Door’, Eastlink Gallery (Shanghai). Commissioned works include a performance as part of ‘FIND’ a series of temporary public art works situated around Castlebar, Mayo, curated by Gaynor Seville. 

She has been the recipient of the Arts Council of Ireland Travel and Training Award (2014, 2012, 2011) and Culture Ireland Award (2013, 2011). She has taken part in international residencies and workshops including a participatory project at Art of YOUth for European citizenship, Montenegro (2014) Atelier Rondo, Graz, Austria (Scholarship from the province of Styria, 2013) and BIAP Platform China (2011).

Commission Type Local Authority
Commissioner Name Offaly County Council Arts Office
Commissioning process Open Submission
Project commission dates September 29, 2014 - October 17, 2015
Partners Clonbullogue Development Association
Artform Visual Arts
Art Practice Arts Participation
Funded By Offaly County Council
Percent for art Yes
Budget Range 0 - 10000 euro
Project commission start date 29/09/2014
Project commission end date 17/10/2015
Location Clonbullogue Schoolhouse and Village Hall
County Offaly



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