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

Jennifer Halton: Awakening the Human Soul

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One almost grimaces at the sight of the oft-used cliché life changing, but when it comes to the films of Werner Herzog, there is no term more suitable than this. I came to Herzog anachronistically. A few years ago I was introduced to the most beautiful documentary I had ever seen, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, and have since then been working back through the filmmaker’s extensive catalogue. But one does not simply ‘see’ a… 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

Jennifer Halton: Collaboration in Theory and Practice

The buzz word of the year in academia and arts practice has got to be ‘collaboration’. Unless you live in a utopian media-free world, you will have seen this multi-syllablic term floating freely around research and artistic circles. As someone who greatly values the potential of collaboration, I am enthused by this shift away from the cult of individualism toward a new collectivism, but I do however acknowledge the concerns that come along… Read More

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

Mandy Tracey: Irelands Bogs more than just a wet land

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What vision comes to mind when you think of a bog? Perhaps, a wet, soggy and desolate landscape harbouring very little life. When I visualise a bog I think of all the weird and wonderful flora and fauna which have adapted to the harsh acidic and waterlogged conditions and how important it is for us to preserve these wetland ecosystems. Like most ecosystems on this planet peatlands not only provide an important… Read More

Tommy Flavin: Documentary Is Like Really Expensive Therapy

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The idea of this blog is to document the process of developing art from its inception through to its eventual culmination as part of the exhibition and symposium, METAMORPHOSIS. So to kick off my own series of posts, I thought I’d give a little background as to myself and my own practise. Here, I’m going to talk about how documentary making can be weirdly therapeutic. It might sound odd to say, but… Read More

Louise Brady: The Beauty of Collaboration

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Interpret theory, don’t demonstrate it – words of advice passed on while in college that seem very pertinent now when reading through Fearghal’s research and mulling over possible ideas for an art work. A little out of my comfort zone, with the main area of interest in my work being film theory, the paradox of cliché, love and the disintegration of romantic ideals and Fearghal’s being representations of nature in medieval Irish… Read More

Metamorphosis | Art as Research. Research as Art

Welcome to the inaugural blog post of The Metamorphosis Project The Metamorphosis Team are absolutely thrilled to announce the launch of our multidisciplinary project planned for February 2016. The project has been in formation for many months, growing a team of vibrant, talented young artists and academic researchers  with a synergy of knowledge, ideas and creative practice. The idea behind the project first sprung to our founder, Jennifer Halton, in late 2014, as she explored… Read More