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Maria Mencia, Jeneen Naji, Christine Wilks & Zuzana Husárová, The Upside-Down Chandelier


This multiplatform digital work references an event connected with the history of Košice and its tobacco factory from 1851 which employed mostly women workers. Some decades later, when St. Elizabeth's Cathedral was being renovated, the women workers donated a candle chandelier. The chandelier itself was repurposed twice – from the original candles, to gas lighting and with the advent of electricity, was turned upside down. In the installation, images of the chandelier from the cathedral are randomly generated and projected onto a screen in a flux of forms. Simultaneously the words connected with this story appear projected on the walls of the room, and phonetic sounds from Slovakian, Hungarian and German are generatively mixed in to create the soundscape of languages that were once spoken in the very same place by women workers.


Dr Jeneen Naji is the coordinator and teaches on the B.A. in Digital Media in the Centre for Media Studies at NUIM. Maynooth, Ireland. Christine Wilks is a digital writer, artist and developer of playable stories. She is Creative Director of e-learning specialists, Make It Happen, and has recently embarked on PhD in Digital Writing at Bath Spa University.

Dr Zuzana Husárová is a poet, writer and academic. She teachesn ELiterature and digital fiction at Comenius University in Bratislava and Masaryk University.

Dr María Mencía is an artist-researcher and teaches digital media practice and new media theory at Kingston University, London, UK.

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