Transitions: Polytunnel

Polytunnel, coming to you from deep inside the Space Between

Polytunnel is the solo work of Moot Tapes label head and ferocious Kilkenny man Peter Lawlor.

Peter’s debut EP, Time 2 Time, was released via London-based label and party promoters Childsplay.

His style of melodic electro mixed with breakbeat influenced acid has seen his music gain acclaim from the likes of Mixmag, DJ Mag, Inverted Audio, Xlr8r and supported by the late great Andrew Weatherall on his much-missed NTS show, Music’s Not for Everyone.

There’s plenty more music to come in 2021, with releases lined up on Ornate Music, We’re Going Deep and Glasgow’s legendary 7th Sign Recordings.

Transitions is a series of 30 min vignettes from five Irish electronic producers, each of whom provide a short accompanying written response to the idea of transition - so much of which has been forced upon artists in the past 12 months.

The performances were filmed across two locations from opposite spectrums of the island, but linked by their proximity to two separate but continuous coastlines, and each of which, in their own way, faced the energy of transition due to COVID 19.

The Space Between in Dublin 2, and a new contemporary cafe space in the very heart of South Kerry - Driftwood Cafe - which looks directly out across St Finian’s Bay at the Skelligs.

In itself, the position of Online Performance as an accepted artistic medium is in transition. One of the key issues with the medium is the loss of the truly ephemeral immediacy of a live performance - there is no doubt that the ability to pause, or re-view a moment in time erodes the weight of that moment.

To combat this, to underline the coastal links of both locations, and to give the piece an extra sense of temporal reality, we will frame each performance with the opening and closing sea area forecasts from the day they are recorded.

Artist: Peter Lawlor aka Polytunnel
Curator: Emmet Condon, Homebeat
Film Makers: Steve O'Connor, Adrian O'Connell
Lights: Conor Biddle
Sound: Simon Cullen
Commissioned by St. Patrick's Festival