curved frame film scan, showing a photograph laying on green grass with three yellow buttercups placed on top
Buttercup, work-in-progress 16mm film scan

Buttercup focuses on the poetics of language interacting with image through the accessibility tool of audio description.Buttercup focuses on a particular photograph of a child, pictured wearing a Communion dress on her father’s farm. Still and barely-moving images are used to unspool thoughts around human and bovine domestication, desire, disability, abolition and wildness.

Buttercup is made in close collaboration with audio describer Elaine Lillian Joseph and composer David Donohoe, and in consultation with an assembled forum of blind and visually impaired users.

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written and edited by Sarah Browne

music: David Donohoe

voice: Elaine Lillian Joseph

camera: Helena Monteiro Gouveia, Sarah Browne

field recording and sound design: David Donohoe

colour grade: Michael Higgins

audio description: Elaine Lillian Joseph

audio description consultants: Anne O’Brien, Martin Kelly, Laura Tansey, Gillian Stafford, Noreen McInerney, Barry O’Donnell

phytogram technique shared by Karel Doing


Paraphrased quotations:

Steven Rings, ‘Mystèreslimpides: Time and Transformation inDebussy’s Des pas sur la neige’, 2008

Hollis Frampton, (nostalgia), 1971

Temple Grandin and CatherineJohnson, Animals in Translation, 2005


thanks: Miguel Amado, CarysD. Coburn, Iarlaith Ní Fheorais, Kate Strain, Michael Birchall, Dean Kavanagh, CrystalMedia, PJ Kane, Liam and Mary Browne


Commissioned by SIRIUS, Cobh, Ireland

Supported by the Arts Council’s Arts and Disability Connect Scheme

managed by Arts & Disability Ireland