Exhibition 11 October to 23 November, 2008
Austin McQuinn’s Lammermoor is a multi-media installation specifically conceived for the Butler Gallery and Kilkenny Castle and is inspired by the Donizetti opera “Lucia di Lammermoor” (1835), which in itself was adapted from a Sir Walter Scott novel and set in 17th century Scotland.
The tragic drama of Lucia di Lammermoor tells the story of a young woman who falls in love with her family’s enemy. Lammermoor is led by McQuinn’s simian alter ego who directs this interpretation of the classic opera on the site of Kilkenny Castle. The high art/low life inversions are robust and expand to include a meditation on the nature of human and non-human animal cultures, on love, and on madness. The mimicking ape “ars simia naturae”, the monumentality of opera, and the joining together of these cultural phenomena are all addressed in this interpretation.