Woman in the Machine is an exhibition as part of the Carlow Arts Festival that features a must watch short video for any music fans in need of some visual inspiration. It approaches performance, music and art throughout and is showcased in this short video ’72 HOUR LOST WEEKEND’.

The Woman in the Machine project was the installation of commissioned and invited artworks at the former Braun factory in Carlow. A mixed media approach took over the old factory, featuring performers, musicians and various art works exhibited, including samples from the new documentary on women in electronic music ‘Sisters With Transistors‘.

It is co-created by VISUAL and Carlow Arts Festival, and unfolds through film, exhibitions, sound works, light installations, digital native events, a 360 virtual exhibition space, performances, talks and community engagement projects created in response to Carlow’s landmark former Braun site and women working at the intersections of art, science and digital media.

The original intention was for the interior of the building to be open to the public who would have been able to experience the DJs, live music, visual, performing and sonic art all together in this giant landmark over the course of a weekend, but instead they were able to turn up the bass and light the shadows to hint at what could have been through the creation of this film, 72 Hour Lost Weekend.

The video features music from Irish electronic acts such as Prymary Colours, Ellen King, Jennifer Moore aka Dreamcycles and Sinéad Diskin, along with DJ Kate Butler from DDR. The concept is by Jo Mangan and Emma Lucy O’Brien as well as being Directed by Jo Mangan.


Woman in the Machine is part of Carlow Arts Festival 2021, VISUAL’s Summer Programme and presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten-day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To find out more, and get tickets to the exhibition in VISUAL please visit their website here.

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