Outsider artist Caoimhín Breathnach (1934–2009) lived as a recluse in Knockvicar, Ireland for all of his life. Breathnach’s artistic practice focussed on the creation of “subliminal” tapes and films which he believed possessed the capacity to shift consciousness. In these works, Ogham magickal scales, crystallography, astronomy, folklore and natural phenomena are combined with found audio and visual material to produce an idiosyncratic, esoteric system of correspondences.
Breathnach spent the last years of his life planning a film called “An Gléacht.” The work was to combine subliminal tapes and films with filmed footage showing a sequence of occult rituals. For the 2015 Cork Film Festival, Breathnach’s great-niece, the composer and artist Jennifer Walshe was commissioned to complete “An Gléacht” – her first short feature film.