New kids on the block

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After a year of preparation and collaboration .. it’s finally here! We spent a cold but fantastic day in Smithfield Square setting up our pop-up gallery today, and we enjoyed every minute of it! We’re really looking forward to opening to the public on Monday February 1st to share our art with you – the culmination of an art & research collaboration that has transformed 5 academic research projects into mixed media art… Read More

Fearghal Duffy: ‘A Fable for Tomorrow’

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‘THERE WAS ONCE a town in the heart of America where all life seemed to live in harmony with its surroundings. The town lay in the midst of a checkerboard of prosperous farms, with fields of grain and hillsides of orchards where, in spring, white clouds of bloom drifted above the green fields. ‘In autumn, oak and maple and birch set up a blaze of color that flamed and flickered across a… Read More

Louise Brady – Let’s talk about Love

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“It ought to make us feel ashamed when we talk like we know what we’re talking about when we talk about love.”  – Raymond Carver This week I’d like to talk about love. Well, really the current show in IMMA, What We Call Love. I went to see this show a few weeks ago and I find myself repeatedly thinking back to it. Wolfgang Tillmans, Central Nervous System, 2013 It was one… Read More

A Non-Lesson In Filmmaking And Life

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This blog post is going to be a bit different to my previous ones. This time, I won’t be talking about documentary, but rather, about what it’s like to be a filmmaker, and maybe in a bigger sense, what it is to follow your ‘dream’. I’ll be talking about filmmaking here, but I hope what I’m saying applies to life in general, or at least to artists. So hold on to your… Read More

Tommy Flavin: Shut Up And Listen: How To Control People’s Minds

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Recently I had the good fortune to be working on a terrible TV show. The show was made up of a variety of interviews between the presenter and her guests. As I edited these interviews, I noticed something- every time the interviewer asked a question, the light would go out in the guests’ eyes. Some would even grimace. And none of them would relax and open up to her. So the interviews,… Read More

Louise Brady : Art, beauty and the importance of the little things….

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In recent discussions with Fearghal, I felt that I had become somewhat blind to the natural world around me and decided then that I would try and pay more attention to my surroundings and overall become more mindful of the little things. It is easier at this time of year, when nature and its shifts and changes are very obvious – a time when it really makes itself known to us. No… Read More

Tommy Flavin: Documentary making is an exercise in disappointment

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I’ve had this weird experience over the last few documentaries I’ve made. I’ve started out with a story that I was really passionate about- something exciting, unusual, full of life. Whenever I’ve pitched any of these films to people I’d catch myself saying, ‘the story’s all there, I just have to shoot what I see and it’ll be perfect!’ But once I begin shooting and editing the story, I’d realise that all… Read More

Tommy Flavin: Relax lads, God’s in control

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A few years ago, I was making my first documentary in Africa. As you can imagine, this was a terrifying and exciting experience in equal measure. I had no idea what I was doing, what the story I was trying to tell was, or how I was even supposed to tell it. All I had for guidance was a copy of Herzog On Herzog I’d nicked from the college library and a notebook stuffed… Read More

Louise Brady – Inspiring Images

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This week I would like to share some research images and inspiration for the project.   Spencer Tunick – Desert Spirits, 2013. Sally Mann, Family Pictures, 1984-1991 Ron Mueck, Boy, 1999. Alice Maher, Cassandra’s Necklace, 2012   Mark Rothko, (Red, Orange), 1968 Leslie Hall Brown, RE-VISIONING series.

Tommy Flavin- You Want The Truth? You Can’t Handle The Truth!

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As I touched on in my last blog post, one of the things I’m most excited for with METAMORPHOSIS is the potential that arises from presenting a documentary film in the context of an art exhibition. A frustration I’ve been encountering more and more in my work is trying to find a balance between making a film that an audience finds satisfying and enjoyable, while still expressing what it is I want… Read More