River Net – preview and live talk

Come and join me for a preview of my current project at London Bridge Hive this September.

River Net is my new time-lapse work-in-progress which looks at the intermingling of natural and synthetic matter, our relationship with the materials we produce and their impact on the river.

In the work, I use material recovered from the Thames with a particular emphasis on plastic food netting. I’m interested in the ambiguity of something developed in part for its aesthetic appeal but which, after single use, becoming unwanted and damaging to the natural environment.

By repurposing it, I examine how much of the original, artificial beauty it retains whilst reflecting on how it might compromise the life of a river.

“What I call ‘plastic coral’ attaches itself everywhere and to everything, breaking down over time into minute pieces that remain in our waters, rivers and oceans. It finds its way inside fish, animals, insects and humans, in all eco-systems even down to the very phylum of plants”

On 22 September I’ll be presenting a lunchtime screening of a 15-minute video preview of the on-going ‘River Net’ project, followed by a Talk and Q&A. Throughout the day, the video will continue to run on a loop, and I will be available to engage and discuss with visitors. I look forward to seeing you all there.

RIVER NET Thursday 22nd Sep 2022

  • 12.30 – 1.30 Talk
  • 1.30pm – 7pm Meet the Artist – drop in

London Bridge Hive, 8 Holyrood Street, first floor, London, SE1 2EL

River Net is Supported by Team London Bridge and Totally Thames Festival.

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Earth is Calling

About the Book

My focus has shifted to invisible nature, micro pollution and micro fibre plastic.
Current project, Earth is Calling, explores the issues through a series of fibre art pulp works, contrasting natural, organic material with man-made plastic fibre. In other works micro-photography, film and time-lapse are used to produce my outcomes.
The project culminated in a large-scale exhibition at the Crypt Gallery, London (Oct/Nov 2019) for which the book below was produced. The intention now is to tour the exhibition while developing further work. Two venues have been agreed on so far.


The soundscapes for the three time-lapse video works in the current exhibition at the Crypt Gallery, Earth is Calling, were created by musician and composer, Jonathan Lambert. In our initial conversation I gave him my thoughts on the videos and how I envisaged the sound. I supplied Jonathan with a number of individual time-lapse pieces initially and he sent back his first test pieces. This became the starting point for a series of conversations and re-workings leading to the final pieces.

The videos are located in three places in the Crypt with the result that they merge in different ways depending on where you are in the gallery. Because the lengths of the videos vary, no combination of sounds is ever repeated. Added to the mix is the noise of traffic from the street, the occasional ringing of the bell from the church above and the faraway sound of my voice from the film playing in one of the rooms.

Jonathan has this to say about the process:

‘The first piece of Irma’s work I saw was an installation in the Canal Museum.  The desire to stay to see the process through to the end, whatever that might be, was strong, but time, human endurance and the venue’s opening hours, ran contrary to my wishes. Images suggest sound, but how to apply sound to a process which may take days or weeks to run its course?  A project involving time-lapse video was a logical step; not just a compromise between artist and public, but something new and vital.  I knew when I first saw these images that I wanted to be involved.

The juxtaposition of time-lapse video and sounds recorded in real time, especially sounds from the natural world, intrigues me.  Is time being stretched or compressed? It invites extrapolation to a geological perspective in one direction and, in the other, to that of tiny creatures which live their whole lives in a brief moment.  Where are we on that scale?

Choosing the initial palette is key when I begin any project.  I take an instinctive approach and avoid making rational decisions until I have a rough sketch.  At that point I can hear what doesn’t work and what has potential.  Once I am happy with the basic elements I can add or strip away without losing my sense of the whole. 

This work makes use of location recordings of ice and liquid water.  The musical elements offer an emotional dimension to an engagement which might otherwise be wholly cerebral and dispassionate. I wanted only to open that emotional door, not furnish the room within.  Yet while I have no wish to dictate the quality of your response, my hope is that your connection with the images goes beyond a superficial interest.


Private View – Earth is Calling

on Thursday 24 October, 6pm – 9pm
165 Euston Rd, Bloomsbury, London NW1 2BA

Located in the crypt of St Pancras New Church
(access to the gallery along Duke’s Road, 2nd gateway)

Meet the artist – refreshments provided
We look forward to seeing you there

Exhibition times: 23 Oct – 3 November 2019 – 11 am – 7 pm

Exhibition of new work by IRMA IRSARA
Featuring soundscapes by Jonathan Lambert

The focus of my work has shifted to invisible nature, micro pollution and micro fibre plastic, using micro-photography / film to produce my outcomes.

Earth is Calling reflects on the issues through a series of fibre art pulp works, contrasting natural, organic material with man-made plastic fibre. The artist will also present time-lapse and micro time-lapse works of melting ice embedded with natural and man-made items sourced from various locations (including along the Thames foreshore). The accompanying sound was created by musician and soundscape artist Jonathan Lambert.

The gallery, in the Crypt at St Pancras Church, is one of London’s most unique and atmospheric exhibition spaces. It’s located in the centre of London right opposite Euston Station

Il gioco della fontana (each piece approx 54 x 33 cm) 2018 triptich

Monster Soup 2019

Still from time lapse video work Monster Soup 2019

Monster Soup 2019 uses samples from different locations along the river to create projected time-lapses of melting frozen Thames water embedded with items found along the foreshore. A second microscopic time-lapse work shows what’s normally unseen with a focus also on micro fibre plastic and its potential impact on the environment. The accompanying sound track was created by musician and soundscape artist Jonathan Lambert.

In my work, I have always been preoccupied with nature and the environment, in large part due to my upbringing in the Italian Alps. Recently, my attention has shifted to issues concerning invisible nature, micro pollution and micro fibre plastic. My work explores ideas of transformation and adaptability in response to changes in temperature, landscape, boundaries, and the natural cycle.

The work will be shown at:
FORAGERS OF THE FORESHORE (Totally Thames Festival)
Bargehouse, Barge House Street, SE1 9PH
Wed 25 – Sun 29 Sep, 11am – 6pm



BYOB 2015

IMG_4385BYOB Brighton was back yesterday for Brighton Digital Festival in Brighton Dome. Pop-up Brighton’s 4th annual event returned once again for a night of collaborative moving image, projection, participation and experimentation.

This was my second time participating in the event and a chance to project time lapse ‘work in progress’, D-freeze (first 4 images). Last 3 images show work by some of the other artists.

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