Moving Dublin

Story Moving Dublin

in association with South Dublin County Council
and Mockingbird Arts presents

Moving Dublin by Anne Cleary & Denis Connolly

Commissioned under South Dublin
County Council's IN CONTEXT 3
Per Cent for Art Programme.


5pm - PUBLIC TALK with Helen Carey, Mockingbird Arts.


6 pm - EXHIBITION OPENING by Eamon Ryan TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

This is the premiere of a major new work; at once a filmic essay  about contemporary Dublin, and a collection of photographs, essays and video works beautifully produced in a new hard cover edition.
?A million everyday journeys course through the veins of Dublin, giving it life (or poisoning it?). These journeys range in scale and rhythm from the incessant flow of motorway traffic through the familiar trundling of a local bus journey right down to an early morning stroll around the block with the dog. This profusion of intersecting paths gives the place its form, carving roads, highways and public spaces. The impact of these journeys transforms lives, changes the face of the city, and resonates on a planetary level. For two years we moved around Dublin in every way possible : by car, taxi, bus, train, tram, bicycle and on foot. We met scores of Dubliners, and recorded dozens of personal accounts of moving through the city. We amassed a treasure trove of documents: video, photographs, interviews, sounds, stories. The result is Moving Dublin; a road movie, a picture book, and many other things. Above all Moving Dublin is a homage to the city that Lady Morgan once called her dear dirty Dublin.?

-- Cleary & Connolly, Moving Dublin, April 2009

Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly both studied architecture in Dublin in the 1980s, before moving to Paris in 1990. After a lengthy collaboration with the French urban theorist Bernard Huet in the early 1990s, they developed a long-lasting interest in the filmed city. From 1999 to 2005 they produced a large-scale multimedia project, The Boulevard, inspired by the urban environment in which they live. Their work has been exhibited worldwide and has received several international awards. In 2006 they created a series of interactive video works, for Limerick City Gallery of Art. This project evolved into Pourquoi pas Toi?, a major solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2008. They were awarded a two year residency by South Dublin County in December 2006, through which Moving Dublin was produced. The artists and publisher gratefully acknowledge the support of:

  • South Dublin County Council
  • The Arts Council /An Chomhairle Ealaíon
  • Gandon Editions

towards this film, book and accompanying DVD.

IN CONTEXT 3 is funded by the Department of the Environment Heritage & Local Government and the National Roads Authority.

The book will be available from good bookshops or direct from Gandon Editions,  T 021-4770830 / F 021-4770755 / E

Fine Art Department
Dublin Institute of Technology
DIT Portland Row, Dublin 1
(Summerhill / Portland Row junction)

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