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I started this blog in 2007. No one had heard of The Wire and I was making experimental films that a select few saw. My initial tagline for this blog was: 'I write concisely. always. I'm trying to improve this - however, sometimes few words work better'. Then I found Twitter. However, I still post here once a week, so feel free to comment or just to simply say hii.
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Thursday, January 31, 2008 @ 3:41 AM
Come Armageddon Come!

I went to Tramore the day after the Passengers Exhibition Launch, (post on that event coming soon) quite hungover. It was not as grim as Holyhead but nearly on a par. A friend of mine who used to go to Tramore in his school years used to sing this line from a Morrissey song on the bus to Tramore, over and over :

'..its like a seaside town that they forgot to close down....come armageddon come!'

I also walked in and out of two hotels as the locals turned in such a manner that I automatically heard The Deliverance tune in my head. The hotspot is The Vic apparently. The beach is actually quite lovely - out of season grimness I guess.



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Wednesday, January 30, 2008 @ 4:43 AM
Lotus

I recorded a voice over for Anamesis (2008) at Lotus Films. It was an exciting process. As an artist using video as my main medium, I have on occasion performed for the camera - however these experiments proved to be merely sketches. Performing for sound rather than the camera was kind of exhilarating. The first reading of the story was actually quite awful, the second was a bit better. By the third and fourth take, a voice came from within and whoever was speaking certainly wasn't me. Was I actually acting? (anyone who knows me, knows that I mumble sometimes and I am softly spoken) This voice was clear, direct and kind of frightening. Frightening like when you are asleep and you answer your mobile phone and an alien voice literally comes out of you - and then you hang up because you realize you ARE actually asleep.

My voice does not sound as terrifying as the boy in The Shining but simply does not sound like me - which is only a good thing. I also realised that my pronounciation is awful. I may attend some elecution lessons.

Thanks to Simon Flangan - we still have some work to do.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 @ 5:44 AM
Passengers - Waterford Healing Arts Trust

Covered Road (2005) has been invited to take part in Passengers - a group exhibition on the theme of journey curated by a multi-disciplinary team of staff members from the Waterford Regional Hospital. Covered Road has been screened in many diverse places from The Brattle Theatre, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts to being installed as a single channel video installation at Witness, Studio 6, Temple Bar Galleries, Dublin. This is its first screening in a hospital and on a LCD Monitor. What I find interesting about the exhibition is that the curatorial group are hospital staff from all backgrounds - occupational therapy, mid-wifery, admin, catering and household services - who also had the support of Waterford Healing Arts Trust.

Nurse Grace Staunton (Out Patients Department) impression of Covered Road evokes her own memories of the past and is an example of the research I am currently doing on anamnesis:

'The title suggests this is a road with history, much travelled.
It conveys a journey in tandem with the passing of the seasons.
There is for me the memory of cycling bicycles on a 'covered road' to Woodstown during happy carefree schooldays,
freewheeling for a mile down hill surrounded by trees.'


The exhibition opens next week - January 24th and will continue until 28th Febuary.
It is launched by Dick Warner - environmentalist, writer and broadcaster, who I might find an interesting person to meet, after reading his bio on Wikipedia.




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Wednesday, January 9, 2008 @ 2:14 PM
Les Clips


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Tuesday, January 8, 2008 @ 7:59 AM
Docu-fiction
The concept of life imitating art and art imitating life is a frequent occurrence. What happens when the borders blur within film? Either a film so raw you can touch it or a documentary so gentle that the characters become make-believe.

I had heard about Shane Meadows through various articles but I had not seen any of his films. Dead Man Shoes (2004) is the most powerful piece of fiction I have seen in quite a while. Richard (Paddy Considine) returns home from military service to a small town in the Midlands, England. He has one thing on his mind: revenge. It's payback for the local bullies who did some very bad things to his brother. Everyone has met people like these before - who torment out of sheer boredom and mindless, ignorant insecurities. If you are anyway different - you are going to be punished - or at least taken advantage of. On this occasion it is Richard who employs guerrilla tactics, designed to frighten the simple men and put them ill at ease. It is through black and white flashbacks that we learn what these men exactly did to his brother. Richard subsequently steps up his operation, and one by one these local tough guys are picked off by the all-consuming vengefulness that has taken over him.
The naturalistic methods of acting - it appeared at times that people were ad-libbing - and Paddy Considine's performance contributed to the belief that something like this could happen in any small town. In the acid-tea-spiking scenes Meadows deprived the actors of sleep for 3 days-the closest legally one can get into any state. It is a visceral dark film that moved me so much - that if I knew Richard I would have supported his every move.

However, on the contrary, Etre et Avoir, Nicolas Philibert (2003) is a documentary that is so gentle in its execution, and draws on the simplicity of the real lives, that consequently one forgets that it is actually real. The film's focus is on the last term of a school teacher in rural France, before he retires, and his relationship with his students. We also see his student's backgrounds and insecurities. It is it's banality and celebration of everyday things that make it a great film.

What is obvious in both films is that they both demonstrate the human condition. They also give the viewer room to develop their own narrative within the film. I like that.


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@ 4:17 AM
Stop trying to lure me in with a Crimp
They made me smile all Winter - Winter is sadly still here - however I had to stop watching the show as it was becoming an unhealthy addiction - laughter and laziness. I have ticket number 13 to see them perform in The Olympia. What is even more sadder, is that the gig is not on until September.

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Saturday, January 5, 2008 @ 7:12 AM
I watched blue velvet last night and it is not what i thought it was
new photography work - im using my medium format camera again.

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