The Known World
Artist: Jenny Brady
Location: Lough Lannagh, Castlebar
Title: The Known World
Date: April 2012
The Known World is an experimental nature documentary with voiceover tracing the relationship of the Swan to notions of uncertainty and doubt. Concerned with the fragility of knowledge, the video presents a natural history of transition and change.
Using images of Lough Lannagh and the family of Mute Swans that live on it, the work operates in the space between documentary and fiction. Its protagonist reveals a world where reality is a constantly evolving set of ideas.
Working primarily with the moving image, Jennifer Brady's work investigates the embedded narratives of specific social and cultural sites. Central to her practice is a belief in the character of unreality inherent to the filmmaking process.
Though drawing on real events and places, she adopts approaches from fiction and non fiction film, creating video works which constitute negotiated realities of place. Her work is motivated by a concern for contemporary representations of the real in an increasingly mediated reality.
The Landmark public art programme was launched in April 2012. Percent for Art funds were carefully pooled to create a collection of commissions for a wide range of artists working in a number of art forms. Key to the thinking behind the programme was a desire to strategically commission works that would complement each other in the same environment, add value to each project and attract artists working at all levels, from emerging to well established.