Niall Flaherty

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Blue bridge behaviour

‘blue bridge behaviour’ – an evolving flash animation

Formal systems created by people for people,
like cities, buildings and traffic lights,
and people contained within systems created by people.

Behaviour expected by people,
learned and modelled, simulated and repeated,
people within people’s formal systems. (In blue)

Red Line – Yellow Line

‘red line – yellow line’ is a part of a visual investigation of accidental compositions produced from sorting random pieces of coloured paper and card, the paper is filmed on the studio floor and the shapes are explored for compositional potential, some moments of footage are kept and sorted into relationships, various modernist motifs are exploited, a library of elements is generated, to be archived or reused

The Haunted Castle of Leap

Castle Leap from Niall Flaherty on Vimeo.

Date/Time: Monday, 21 – Sunday, 27 September Monday – Saturday: 12-7pm; Sunday: 12-5pm
Venue: Ranelagh Arts Shop, 26 Ranelagh
Tickets: Free

A busload of artists from Ranelagh, and their friends- painters, photographers, video artists and scribes – descended on Leap Castle in Co. Offaly, home of Tin-Whistle ‘Maestro’ Sean Ryan, his wife Ann Callanan and their daughter (step dancing champion and musician extraordinaire) Ciara Ryan, in July of this year.

The artists photographed, sketched and recorded their memories, lunch was served and strong drink imbibed. Sean and Ciara were joined by their friend, De Dannan’s Alec Finn, stopping in on his way to the Willie Clancy Week in Milltown Malbay and a music session ensued. The resulting exhibition records their impressions of a haunting and magical place.

Artists include Charles Crockatt, Felicity Finlay, Niall Flaherty, Gerhardt Gallagher, Brian Henderson, Eamon Gogarty, Angel Luis Gonzalez Imelda Healy, Kate Horgan, Ann Murphy, Katy Simpson, Darragh Owens, Robin Price, Rory Pierce and Heather Finn.

In Mantua Me Genuit

Mantua is the townland in Roscommon where my maternal grandparents, great grandparents and great-great grandparents hailed from. This boggy townland with an Italian name was home to the Mantua Artists Residency, where I stayed during the Summer 2008. The video is about art-design, rural-urban, natural-manmade and the other tensions implied in revisiting a place where our antecedents were born, lived and died. The title ‘In Mantua Me Genuit’, is the the first line from Virgil’s autobiography and means ‘I was born in Mantua’, I found the text quoted in parish records when researching my relatives there.


An experimental video performance

The Artist as Singer performs to camera and the recordings are layered over each other in digital video, in such a way as to acheive a painterly palette. Then the Artist as Editor plays with the video timeline, scrubbing the playhead back and forth while the piece is being recorded to tape, producing a curious stuttered non-linearity that both disturbs and amuses.

This ‘scrubbed’ Karaoke performance, exploiting the formal qualities of the non-linear editor’s timeline, becomes a self-conscious audio/visual self-portrait.

Singing the song ‘In The Ghetto’, made famous by Elvis Presley, the Karaoke classic becomes a knowing, sometimes disturbing, sometimes humourous piece that records the multi-layered roles performed by the Artist – as Subject, Singer, Editor, King and Fool.

DVD (Pal Video) Duration: 5 mins