Through narrative-based works Bláithín Mac Donnell is interested in bringing tactility to seemingly abstract events in particular in relation to the Internet and ecology. Through weaving fictional, factual, personal and global narratives her performative work explores the entanglement between rural and digital infrastructures. Bláithín draws on the tradition of the seanchaí to create a contemporary form of spoken narrative in which gestures are performed and the story told becomes haptic and vivid in the space of the audience.
For her residency at Interface, Bláithín has been developing a new performance using materials gathered on her walks through the Connemara landscape. These materials not only inform the content of the spoken narrative but will be used as performative objects acting as placeholders for gestures.