Aisteach: Jennifer Walshe, Heritage, and the Invention of the Irish Avant-Garde

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Recent debates in heritage and archive studies have centred around the question of intangibility and how best to faithfully conserve and document dynamic cultural practices. This article explores the way in which composer Jennifer Walshe’s project Aisteach, a fictional archive of the Irish avant-garde, interrogates questions of authenticity, exoticisation, commodification, misrepresentation and marginalisation in heritage discourse, both tangible and intangible. Drawing upon art theory, philosophy, heritage and archive studies, it is argued that by contesting the binary underpinning of evaluative cultural heritage discourse, Aisteach instead advances a form of cultural production occupying a liminal space between inclusion and exclusion, past and present, fact and fiction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalTransposition: Musique et sciences sociales
Issue number1
Early online date30 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished online - 30 Aug 2019


  • musical composition
  • Cultural Heritage
  • experimental music
  • Archival practice


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