Coun­try roads, take me home Jane Cas­sidy

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Liv­ing in Santa Fe, you need not ven­ture far to find a coun­try road. If you’re here dur­ing the open­ing week­end of Cur­rents, you can travel a coun­try road without leav­ing the Rai­l­yard. Alabama-based mul­ti­me­dia artist Jane Cas­sidy, orig­i­nally from Gal­way, Ire­land, brings the ex­pe­ri­ence of rid­ing the dark and lonely back­roads of the Amer­i­can South to Santa Fe in her im­mer­sive out­door in­stal­la­tion Mu­sic for Cars at Night on Coun­try Roads. “There was a com­mis­sion I was work­ing on for a ra­dio sta­tion in France,” Cas­sidy told Pasatiempo. “They asked me to cre­ate a half-hour of mu­sic. All the work I make is pretty much site-spe­cific and has au­dio and vis­ual and a life com­po­nent as well, usu­ally.” Af­ter recording the com­mis­sioned al­bum, Cas­sidy, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of dig­i­tal me­dia at the Univer­sity of Alabama, whose back­ground is in mu­sic com­po­si­tion and an­i­ma­tion, was ap­proached by Cin­ema Re­set, a pro­gram of the New Or­leans Film Fes­ti­val that fo­cuses on ex­per­i­men­tal films, to do an in­stal­la­tion. She de­cided to use the mu­sic com­mis­sioned by the French ra­dio sta­tion as the ba­sis for her project.

Cas­sidy only moved to Alabama this year, and her piece, which can be ex­pe­ri­enced af­ter sun­down on the Rai­l­yard Plaza on Fri­day, June 10, and Satur­day, June 11, was in­spired by cer­tain qual­i­ties of night driv­ing as well as the dis­cov­ery of new vis­tas. “You get that vac­uum of night, and the dark­ness and the

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