30 bays

2007, two channel digital soundwork

30 bays is a series of process soundworks and all relate to overcrowding on St Margret’s halting site in Ballymun, Dublin, Ireland. St Margaret’s at the time was home to 70 Irish Traveller families. Irish Travellers are an ethnic minority in Ireland who have been regularly subjected to prejudice and institutional racism by successive Irish governments and local authorities.
Tracks 2 to 6 are made from sequenced data relating to number of people, gender, age in each of the 30 bays. ‘Welcome Back, see you soon’ charts the electricity regularly going on and off in different bays over the winter of 2006/2007 through data collected by residents.
30 Bays was made while working on a commission for Breaking Ground, Ballymun Regeneration, between 2005 and 2009.