About the Artists
Something & Son are an arts practice from London. Their work is rooted in inquisitiveness and experimentation, reflecting their varied backgrounds and shared passion for art, engineering, the environment and creating social systems. Something & Son's work includes making a living, breathing farm in a shop and creating an affordable experimental Bathhouse in Barking town centre.
They have worked with the Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, Gwangju Biennale (Korea), Milan Design Week, Kunst-Werke (Berlin), London Festival of Architecture, Istanbul Biennial (Turkey) and the Wellcome Collection.
About the Project
In the eighteenth century, the Irish Sweathouse, a cave-like forerunner to the modern sauna thought to have attached ritualistic or religious significance, was considered to help cure numerous ailments. These structures were often built and used by rural farmers in the winter months. Ireland, perhaps surprisingly, has a long spa tradition - a tradition associated not with luxury, but with health, healing and social interaction. This very special installation from Something and Son will revive this tradition.
Small, corbelled structures with small ‘creep’ entrances, the Irish sweat houses provided those living in remote locations with a means to keep warm in the winter. Most of the surviving structures can accommodate 3 or 4 people and resembled small caves built into banks, often tucked away in rather magical, luminal places.
Something and Son will design a space for people to relax, come together and sweat it out during the Kinsale Arts Festival – with a stunning view of town from its Charles Fort location. Through previous projects, Something & Son know these installations and spaces can help bring people of all ages together, and this project will create a similar atmosphere. The installation will be located on the stunning bay of Kinsale and will bring this traditional structure into the 21st century through new technologies and thinking.
About the Structure
The installations facade of traditional stonework will be digitally printed using a special high res photo real print onto fabric. This will allow us to recreate a canvas version of the beautiful Gallarus Oratory, an early chapel found on the coastline Dingle Peninsula. Inside the installation will be a hearth similar to the ones used the traditional sweat caves.
Why Fund It? This Project will:
•Revive a lost Irish tradition.
•Showcase the latest innovations in sustainable design practise and architecture, with a combination of new technologies and traditional techniques.
•Engage local skill and trades people in the development and making, with an ‘open house’ invitation to join the making process in the weeks running up to the festival.
•Promote health and well being, and providing an ‘all welcome’ social space for locals and visitors alike
•Offer a highly unique visitor attraction that responds to and celebrates its unique landscape and location for national and international visitors.
•Disseminate learning and knowledge exchange with a series of talks and workshops.
Thank you all for your support!