11.00 AM SUNDAY 1ST APRIL
7 minutes non-narrative documentary exploring the work & methods of the renowned Irish artist Maria Simonds-Gooding who has been based in Dún Chaoin, Co. Kerry, Ireland, for the last 40 years. It features a poem by award winning poet & writer David McLoghlin, narrated by Dominic West.
Dir Lanka Haouche Perren
In 2006 Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company supported by the Arts Council commissioned Julie Merriman to map changes and developments at Dún Laoghaire Harbour over the course of five years. This short documentary marks the end of the residency and affords an opportunity to see how Julie’s work developed in response to this environment over the five year period. It focuses on the various series of drawings made in response to the site’s history, changing circumstances and how an artist’s work changes over time. The residency was part of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Arts Office Residency Programme.
Dir Michael McLoughlin
Produced for the 2004 Robert Smithson retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Sheds features newly compiled footage of two of the artist’s key works: Partially Buried Woodshed and Mica Spread. Partially Buried Woodshed, one of Smithson’s iconic works, was executed at Kent State University in Ohio in January 1970. The piece was created by partially burying an empty shed under mounds of dirt with a backhoe until the shed’s roof beam collapsed. The physical structure has long since been degraded by weather, vandalism and neglect; it has “gone back to the land,” as the artist expected. However, the infamous Kent State shootings in May of 1970, in which National Guardsmen opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam War, killing four of them, has lent Smithson’s entropic monument a peculiar historical resonance as a metaphorical locus of the forces and conflicts of its era.
Dir Jane Crawford