L. Vandegrift Davala: slideshow image 1
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“…For Peace…” film

July, 2011

Film Still, Parke’s Castle: Cian de Buitléar D.O.P.

Arrived in the US with an Official Selection for our US premiere of “…for peace…” on the 16th of July at the Stephen J. Buck Theatre,  for the New Hope International Film Festival. The film received a really warm reception, and the Nomination for Best Short, we also topped the on-line “audience buzz” during the festival! Have a look at the trailer here:


“…for peace…” was selected for screening at The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival, Schull, Co. Cork 26-29th May, where we were Honourable Mention Best Experimental Film!

The film was selected for screening in competition (and Nominated Best Irish Short) in the Foyle Film Festival 2010, where it screened in late November.

The film’s official Irish Premiere was at the Gaiety Cinema, Sligo, on October 22nd, free public screening.

Visit the film’s website for production stills and cast and crew information.

Laurels for For Peace Comes Dropping Slow

August, 2010

“…for peace comes dropping slow…” is completed! I want to thank everyone who participated in this production. Each person involved made an essential contribution. Our production team was a “dream team” including Cian de Buitléar, our cinematographer and Tony Kearns, our film editor with Darren Carr providing documentary and stills photography. Our film’s soundtrack was graced by the vocals and fiddle of Seamie O’Dowd.  Production manager Tara Lewis and assistants Letty Hill and Arlo Liddy were indispensable. The main light writing was performed by Laura Brennan, Sinead Hawkins, Noelle Keilty, Avril Lahiff, Tara Lewis, Aodan O’Connor, Kathryn Reynolds, Lorcan Strain, Arlo Liddy, all  young performing artists who traveled from all over the country to take part. Additionally, local children and participants from Sligo and around the country took part in the film including Dualtagh, Bronagh and Aoibhin Holmes and Justin and Gabriel Knecht. The final scene was filmed with over 70 participants, many of whom were from the Yeatsian Legacy and Omagh’s Peace III programmes, as well as Sligo Peace and Reconciliation and citizens from the Sligo area. Thank you to all who participated!

Photo Credit: Darren Carr

A busy schedule of screenings is being confirmed beginning in September, which are posted shortly. We look forward to seeing you then.

June 2010

I’m very happy to announce that we have just concluded the shoot for my short film “…for peace comes dropping slow…” and are beginning post production. This land art / light installation in which scores of participants write a line from Yeats’ poetry across the landscape of County Sligo in Northwest Ireland, has been shot on beautiful Red Digital Cinema Cameras.Screening dates are being set in both Sligo and Northern Ireland. This project was filmed with the support of the Yeatsian Legacy Project, delivered by Sligo Arts Service and its partners, and supported by the PEACE III Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Sligo County Council on behalf of Sligo Peace and Reconciliation Partnership Committee and the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government Per Cent For Art Scheme. Thank You!

March 2010

Thank you to the Sligo County Council Arts Office for the initial Bursary that I received to begin the work on “…for peace comes dropping slow…” during 2009 -10. Really appreciated!

I have always loved the the crest used by the Sligo County Council. The wording refers to William Butler Yeats’ first performed play by the same name in which one of his young characters says:

“… and their Land of Heart’s Desire,
Where beauty has no ebb, decay no flood,
But joy is wisdom, Time an endless song”

SLIGLOW² Culture Night

A light installation in the making from SLIGLOW², Culture Night 2010, Sligo Ireland Photo: Cormac McConville

September 24, 2010

Just as the film “…for peace comes dropping slow…” was finishing post production, Culture Night Ireland 2010 was ready to launch. Regardless of our post film exhaustion, it was hard to say no to the idea of a new SLIGLOW light installation. We had had a great experience with last year’s  massive public light interactive. But if we were going to do it again, there had to be new challeges. Light writing was a central feature of my film “…for peace comes dropping slow…” so I asked the team of light writers  from my film the film to Sligo’s Glasshouse for SLIGLOW² to share the light writing experience with about 1000 people of all ages on September 24th. Live photographic and video projections of these collaborations, as well as a 40 foot light mural, live twiiter feed from all the Culture Night Ireland 2010 events were accompanied by DJ GNET!C (Gabriel Knecht’s) electronica and dub-step remixes. Our photographers and filmakers collaborated on and captured the installation: myself, Darren Carr, Justin Knecht, Tara Lewis, Cormac McConville and Robert Siberry. An exhibition of the stills and videos is a must.

Here is a selection of last year’s SLIGLOW installation (Photos: Darren Carr):

December 2009

SLIGLOW update: A special thank you to Sligo County Council Arts Office for their contribution to our funding!

October 4, 2009

SLIGLOW update: Thanks to Darren Carr for these great shots of the SLIGLOW installation in the making. This collaboration between myself, Tinka Bechert, Vanya Lambrecht Ward and about 800 to 1,000 people of all ages over a period of four hours at Culture Night Sligo, Ireland, exceeded our wildest expectations. Thanks everyone – looking forward to the exhibition!


September, 2010

Ireland is celebrating culture this week with the Culture Night Ireland festivals in cities all over the country. Artists Tinka Bechert, Vanya Lambrecht Ward and myself, are presenting SLIGLOW, inviting  people of all ages to work alongside a team of professional artists to create a site-specific installation of light, line and projection on the magnificent glass facade of The Glasshouse on September 25th. If you are in Ireland on the night, join us!


This work was recently on show as part of the New Wave Exhibition and the Canon of the 21st Century Artist’s Book Research project, at UWE, Bristol.

Much of my recent work has been conscious of the quantum scientific correlation between written and spoken words, thoughts, music and images and their ability to “imprint” each of us at a molecular level. The resonance of great music played for centuries on a magnificent instrument (a Stradivarius, for example) can be revealed in the very molecular structure of that instrument. If we literally imprint each other with our intentions, words, images and actions, then we have an unimaginable power to effect positive change in the well-being of all around us.

This text from Plato’s Socratic Dialogues clearly shows that this understanding is not new:
“He said the soul was treated with certain charms, my dear Charmides, and that these charms were beautiful words”.

Incantation and Intonation: iHeal Meditation Station, 2007

Incantation and Intonation: iHeal Meditation Station 2007

Video iPod® custom engraved with blessings, seven monotypes in oil digitally transferred to the device, and accompanied by spoken blessings and a passage from Charmides in the Socratic Dialogues.
Voices: Dr. Dennis Glew (Greek), Sonya Zahm (Spanish), Clothilde Peters (German), Dr. David Tormey (Irish), Justin Knecht (English)