Howl of the Banshee is the second of two videos, which includes recorded fears and images and video as a contrast to those fears. What are you howling for? Is the title of the series. This video showed at the Raconte Arts Festival in Tiferdoud,Algeria, where the voices were recorded and the visitors walking past became a part of the installation of the video, with the projections onto their bodies and their own shadows on the walls, as shown towards the end of the video. As an Irish and American citizen, I have combined the idea of the character from Irish folklore, the Banshee, a woman who appears as old, monstrous, or as a witch, similar to the characters in Algerian folklore: settut, (a witch), teryel (ogress) temgart (old woman) and the poem by the American poet, Allen Ginsberg, Howl. In Ireland, the Banshee was known as a woman spirit who appeared at the house before someone in the family died and the poem Howl speaks about the downfall of many great creative thinkers of an era. I found that in Kabylie folklore, there is a parallel in the relationship to the image of a woman as a witch, a monster, and an old woman. The sound is of the voices of people who were at the festival sharing their personal fears, which becomes the howl of the Banshee. The video images are from events at the festival, creating a positive contrast to the fears. This performance includes the predictions of the Banshee who is the messenger of the death of an era, but also of the birth of change and positivity. The artist as the Banshee becomes not someone to be feared but someone to be welcomed as she brings positivity to the world by night, as dreams can when we sleep.
Howling Banshee was the first video for the project What are you howling for?, which was created from submissions of sound clips from different parts of the world of people talking about their fears. Next, I took images and video from different parts of my daily life and from past experiences, to create a vision of positivity for the future.