For the G126 show the artist presents a newly created multi-channel video installation which was recorded in the artist’s family home in Co. Wexford over the 2006 Christmas period.
Reigning Cats and Dogs is comprised of various recordings which depict mini incidents involving the family pets and his immediate family. Filmed from the animal’s perspective, each fixed-frame shot portrays a domestic-styled wildlife documentary where animals co-exist, share and interact in a house full of humans and other animals. Each recording was made at different times and stages of the day and so allows the viewer to witness the calm and chaotic rhythms which exist in the daily household routine.
This work documents the age-old relationship between animals and humans and explores their personal and shared territories within this domestic environment.
Left To Right: Ben, Austin (G126), Cliona Harmey, Cyril Briscoe, Eileen (G126)
Cyril Briscoe’s Speech
The video ‘Timeline’ charts the passage of a ship to shore using two simultaneous recordings taken by devices placed at distant points in space. The title Timeline refers both to a technological timeline whilst also referencing the strong connection between the maritime and modern conceptions of timekeeping as well as concerns with ideas of transmission. The viewers realtime interaction with the physical sound is a crucial element of this piece. The sound which was recorded underwater, begins just before the ship enters the frame and continues to build until the ship passes the recording point.
Jim Ricks’ show is comprised of several elements themed around interpretations of identity and ideology in Ireland. Instead of making a single issue piece, he deals with the complexities of Irish society through several simultaneous explorations. The show revolves around the core concept of a what is ‘true’ in contemporary Irish society vis-à-vis what is ‘manufactured’ and marketable. Ricks also plays with both the historical definitions and the contemporary revisions of everyday signifiers. The show promises to be playful, demanding and consciously cluttered.
So, this blog will run in parallel with our official website: www.g126.eu.
A mammoth first post is in order to catch up on all the shows and news that has happened since we opened our doors to the public during last years TULCA Festival.
“1% Fire” by Ben & Miriam De Búrca
As the First show at the new gallery premises we were delighted to invite Ben & Miriam De Búrca, from Catalyst in Belfast.
“As a body of work, 1% Fire operates on a number of levels, including the subjective, objective and relative. They intertwine in an attempt to gain understanding of the experience of living in close proximity to an urban interface in North Belfast, It is an existence that engenders a simultaneous sense of belonging and exclusion and one would think that these responses ought to cancel each other out, but at certain points in the socio-political fabric of Belfast, they succeed in existing as a volatile dynamic, indeed in a state of co-dependence. In order words, I one belongs here, one is automatically presumed excluded there, and vice versa. Benjamin and Miriam de Burca do not belong to either ideology and this allows them to view the situation from a third perspective.”