CATHEDRAL QUARTER TRUST PRESENTS FIONN'S WINDOW
Building on the success of last year's monumental sculptural event & digital trail 'The Ogham Grove' is back with Fionn's Window.
The pagans attributed mystical powers to the trees & their associated Ogham characters & often used them to divine their lives.
Our tribal ancestors lived in harmony with nature & it's cycles, understood their place in the environment, and held trees in reverence. The Ogham Tree alphabet was symbolic of this with each tree associated with different themes, across the magical, spiritual, practical and medicinal.
Irish hero Fionn Mac Cumhaill was a warrior chieftain and druid, and recognised that human life was only a small part of the larger rhythms around us.
Fionn's Window, sometimes referred to as Fionn's Shield, is the equivalent of a Tibetan mandala, a diagram of the psychic universe.
I produced a trail around the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast, comprised of wooden plaques. Each plaque had one of the 25 ogham characters etched into it, along with a QR code that could be scanned by any smartphone camera. A web page would open for each one with more detail about the meaning of that ogham symbol.
The aim was to sit quietly somewhere in the Cathedral Quarter and ask yourself a question that meant something to you, and that you wished some help in answering. Then you would set off from that point where you sat & whatever four plaques you found would provide you the meanings behind the answer to your question: one for the question you asked, and one each for the past, the present & the future.
You can find out more about it here.
Gawain has over 20 years of experience in multi-platform media production, events organising, app and platform development, product prototyping and immersive experiences. His creative outputs have spanned music, art, design, film & photography.
Projects have spanned Europe, America and Asia & he produced world 1st experiences, from live data and visuals for large screen interactions at the Electric Run in Malaysia, to the world’s 1st emotional response horror film that was premiered at SXSW, in Austin, Texas, from using wearable devices to control LEDs for the Ford ‘Buzz’ cars, to conceptualising, producing, and launching a biometric VR immersive experience with Red Bull Media House, called The Hero Feeling.