On Being There

Published: 22 Sep, 2022

Cinema premières of Peter Maybury’s film On being there.
Pálás Cinema, Galway; Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin

On being there is a filmic encounter with the material and outputs of the office of Tom dePaor. The earliest project represented here is from 1991, and the film spans 30 years to include a project at Dysart, Co. Wicklow.

There is the place itself. There are notebooks, drawings, prints, scale models, 35mm slides, photographs, films, files, books, writing. A diversity of materials and media, evidencing significant technological changes in production and reproduction. This is the raw material.

The film is a rerecording, or sampling of this material, where scale, media, and modes of presentation and realisation merge. The linear transition from drawing to model to built landscape and documentation is disrupted. The film explores the permeability of the image. Animated or activated through movement and operation, everything can be superimposed, overlaid, or cut into. An audio-visual encounter with place, within the space of the screen and the loudspeaker.

On being there was originally made for the Tom dePaor exhibition i see Earth: Building and Ground 1991–2021 at VISUAL Carlow, 2022. It will be screening in Pálás Cinema, Galway, Thursday 6 October, as part of the  Architecture at the Edge Festival, and in the Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin, Thursday 13 October as part of Open House Dublin 2022

More information here: https://architecturefoundation.ie/event/on-being-there/

On Being There