Country roads, take me home Jane Cassidy
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