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Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 10:04 AM
Anne Maree Barry - Solo Exhibition @ The Lab
The LAB, brought to you by Dublin City Council, is pleased to present:

Rialto Twirlers – Anne Maree Barry

Preview 06/05/10 / 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Curated by Gavin Murphy

07.05.10 - 29.05.10

In her exhibition Rialto Twirlers Anne Maree Barry presents an effective study of time, movement, image and sound, an amalgamated performance, that holds within it a narrative of contemporary urban Dublin. Young people growing up in the inner city area of Rialto find a space for themselves through creatively engaging in majorette groups, a traditional feature of the social landscape in working-class areas. Not as acrobatic as their American cheer leader counterparts or as military as their marching bands founders, the Rialto Twirlers are a creative fusion of hard graft, skill and energy that is a product of a pluralistic age in which anything is possible. For a year Barry shadowed the Twirlers. At majorette competitions she observed the aesthetic visual qualities of their physical forms and interaction within a specific performance space, their vibrant colours and energy, symmetry and order, urban music sounds and sense of community. Barry was sufficiently integrated into a precious and hidden subculture to create this choreographed documentary film based on her observational experience of the group.
The intention of Anne Maree Barry's work is to convey her own unique film making style in documentary or fictional format, in order to blur the boundaries between art and everyday encounters. This, her latest work combines in a collage of image, sound and music, held together by the movements of the performers. Experimenting with the power of narrative by exploring other elements of film, Barry emphasizes this interplay of image and sound, rhythm and gesture, rather than reliance on plot mechanics. In collaboration with composer Duncan Murphy the soundtrack assembles a collection of tone washes and rhythmic clusters that were collected during a series of the Rialto Twirler’s performances. The project also included Mark Bryan, a Philadelphia music producer who remixed the music for the successful cheerleading film Bring It On, and was invited by Barry to lead a workshop with the Rialto Twirlers, which is documented in this exhibition.

Anne Maree Barry is a film artist based in Dublin, Ireland. She attended the Limerick School of Art and Design, BA Fine Art 2002 and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, MFA Media 2004. In 2006, her first experimental short film was the winner of Best Irish Short at the Darklight Film Festival, Dublin. Recent screenings and exhibitions include: Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival, Irish Film Institute, Dublin; The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival; New Film at Cake Contemporary Arts, Kildare; Straylight, The Light House Cinema, Dublin; Birr Arts Festival; Except, Bologna; Oslo Screen Festival; Heavier-Than-Air Flying Machines Are Impossible, The Red Stables, Dublin / Jim Thompson Arts Center, Bangkok; and Competitive Landscapes, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York. Barry was awarded a New Work Award and a Travel and Training Award from the Arts Council in 2007. Studio/Residency Awards include Studio 468, Rialto, awarded by Common Ground, Project Studio Award, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios and Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry.

The Lab, Dublin City Arts Office, Foley Street, Dublin 1.

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