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On being there is a filmic encounter with the material and outputs of the architecture office of Tom dePaor over thirty years, 1991-2021.
2022 / Ireland / 60 min / Art, Architecture
A Gall film by Peter Maybury.
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.
The film was commissioned by the Irish Architecture Foundation for the Tom dePaor exhibition ‘i see Earth’ Building and Ground 1991-2021 at VISUAL Carlow (February-May 2022), which was curated by Nathalie Weadick and supported by the Arts Council.
Now we are teaming up with Architecture at the Edge, the Pálás Cinema and the Lighthouse Cinema, to bring it to the big screen in two special events in Galway and Dublin.
Thursday 6 October / Pálás Cinema / 18:00
Presented by Architecture at the Edge in association with the Irish Architecture Foundation, this screening brings Tom dePaor’s work home to a building he designed, the Pálás Cinema.
It will be followed by a Q&A with director Peter Maybury, Nathalie Weadick, and Tom dePaor, chaired by Hugh Campbell.
Sunday 16 October / Lighthouse Cinema / 12:00
Presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation as part of Open House Dublin 2022.
The cinema premières of the film are an IAF initiative in partnership with Architecture at the Edge, Pálás Cinema, and Lighthouse Cinema. Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.
Photo: Still shot of Tom dePaor’s A13 from On being there, courtesy of Peter Maybury.