the wandering i, curated by Anne Enright, is an interactive audio-visual experience, which uses eye-tracking software and responsive soundscape to show your unique reading of Ulysses – with one person admitted at a time.
We take our reading skills for granted, but it is not actually a plodding business of looking at one word and then the next - reading is a dance of difficulty, interest and delight. Our eyes skip and pirouette across the sentences, while our brains fill in the blanks.
And Ulysses is full of blanks: it is full of things we don’t entirely understand. Joyce demands that we figure things out for ourselves so, more than any other book, Ulysses happens in the reader’s head. This makes it a profoundly democratic work. Each unique reading makes Ulysses bigger, by the choices we make and the meanings we take, as our eyes move across the page.
To mark a century of Ulysses, three of Ireland’s most innovative arts organisations and practitioners – ANU, Landmark Productions and MoLI – have joined together to present Ulysses 2.2, a year-long, nationwide odyssey of creative responses to the 18 episodes that chronicle an ordinary day in the life of Leopold Bloom.
Over the course of a year, Ulysses 2.2 will build into an extraordinary collection of modern-day Irish artworks – inspired by Joyce’s seminal text, and shining a light on the Ireland of 2022.
the wandering i runs daily from Tuesday 15 - Sunday 20 March.