Entirely hollow aside from the dark

Caves of Keash, Keshcorran, Sligo. Image © Trevor Whelan.
Entirely hollow aside from the dark , AlanJames Burns NATIONAL TOUR | July-Sept 2017
Entirely hollow aside from the dark is an immersive, psycho-acoustic artwork created by AlanJames Burns, in collaboration with writer Sue Rainsford and sound editor Ian Dunphy, touring to five caves geographically spread across the island of Ireland: the hills of Sligo, the seafront of Co. Dublin, The Burren in Clare, the peninsulas of Cork and waterfalls in Fermanagh.
Entirely hollow aside from the dark is a psycho-acoustic event within caves; ancient natural auditoriums carved into the underbelly of Ireland’s countryside. The immersive installation aims to create a visceral experience of journeying into someone’s inner dialogue by using 3-dimensional audio.
The cavern personifies the mind of a person questioning their reality, wherein an audible inner dialogue and choreographed sounds echo the character’s thoughts, memories and consciousness. In the darkness, this psycho-acoustic work unfolds and a symphony of sounds shifts around the cave.
Entirely hollow aside from the dark was initially commissioned by Fingal County Council Arts Office as part of ‘Resort Revelations’, 2016. Watch a 3 min clip of this event:
Entirely hollow aside from the dark | Tour listings and partners:
Caves of Keash , Keshcorran Co. Sligo, 27, 28, 29 July, in conjunction with Tread Softly Festival, supported by Sligo County Council, Sligo Arts Service, Creative Ireland, The Fox’s Den Public House
Lickhill Cave , Skibbereen Co. Cork, 2 & 3 August, in conjunction with Skibbereen Arts Festival, supported by Cork Arts Office, Cork County Council
Aillwee Cave , The Burren, Co. Clare, 24 & 25 August, in conjunction with Heritage Week, supported by Aillwee Cave,Clare Arts Office, Clare Heritage Office, Creative Ireland, Burren College Of Art, Burren and Cliffs Of Moher Geopark .
Smuggler’s Cave , Tower Bay Beach, Portrane, Co. Dublin, 10, 11, 12, 13 September, in conjunction with Fingal County Council's Arts Office's Resort Revelations Programme at the Bleeding Pig Festival and supported by Lynders Mobile Home Park, Portrane.
Pollnagollum Cave, Boho Waterfall , Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark , cross-border Cavan/Fermanagh, 29 September, supported by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Cavan County Council, Cavan Arts Office, Creative Cavan, Creative Ireland, Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, Boho Community Association
Tour dates are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances Funded by Arts Council of Ireland Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht North-South Co-operation scheme and Creative Ireland.
Audience arrival meeting point times I meeting point - Boho Community Centre :
6 pm
8 pm
10 pm
The event is free of charge but places must be booked

The event will be booked through an online booking system. Tickets will be available through the project’s website:

Release date of tickets TBC. A number of tickets will be allocated to the local community.

The public email address for the project is:


The booking system will provide the person with information about the event, including:

- notification that the event is suitable for able-bodied persons, from the age of 16 years


- where the event meeting point is located, and what time visitors will meet


- the event schedule

- health and safety notices

- an outline of appropriate attire to wear and warning that suitable clothing must be worn in order to attend the event

- notification that the event schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions, or cancellation in extreme weather conditions



19 Sep 2017