Giant video projection, LANDLOCKED, to open tomorrow (Dec 12) until Jan 3

A002_C004_0609K1A large-scale outdoor projection of a series of documentary video portraits, LANDLOCKED, is being launched tomorrow (Friday December 12) at 5.30pm in the Thomas Street Community Gardens.

The work by video artist Christina Gangos will run until January 3 and will feature 10 people “who form the fabric of Limerick” projected on a large city wall on Thomas Street in Limerick City centre.

It was shot by the artist when she was living in Limerick and all the participants stand in silence. Participants were asked “to contemplate life-changing events for 10 minutes while they were filmed. Their thoughts are kept private, yet the camera documents the physical process, the slight movements and gentle motions of a body in thought”.

The people who took part in the recording range in age from eight years old to 50 (at the time of filming).

The project aims to create “a space for silence and stillness above the busy Christmas city streets”.

The giant video projections will be 20m x 11.25m and will be visible on the wall above the Thomas Street Community Gardens during the hours of darkness. The optimum time to view this work is from 5.30pm-7am.

Commenting on the installation of this work, the artist Christina Gangos, said she was “very excited to have the opportunity to project this work in a large-scale outdoor location”.

“So often people and their thoughts are invisible to us, in LANDLOCKED I wanted to create a space for us to commune with others, without shame, social coding or language,” she added.

Ms Gangos is an independent documentary filmmaker, who lived in Limerick city for six years and is currently based in Athens, Greece. She studied journalism and history at the American College of Greece and then went on to do a Masters in Documentary by Practice at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her films have been shown at the National Portrait Gallery in London, Center Pompidou in Paris, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Gate Theater London, IFI Dublin and various major festivals.

“Her films aim to capture everyday moments and processes, inundated with the ability to disclose reality to the patient viewer. Stripping layer by layer of social representation and décor by elongating time to its normal length, her works in film are documents of bare living.”

Originally created with support and funding from the Arts Council, the exhibition and installation of LANDLOCKED in this prominent outdoor city location is is made possible by the support of Limerick City of Culture 2014. The support of Tony Clarke from City Centre Car Park was also much appreciated.

For more information, see www.landlocked-ireland.com.

A Limerick Minute community film project


I went to see the premiere of A Limerick Minute at the Belltable Arts Centre today (March 22), which is a series of short films produced by people in communities around the city.

Throughout 2010 Christina Gangos—a documentary filmmaker of some note—taught and mentored learners from local adult education centres in the art of observational documentary.
The participants “started from zero”, took part in some technical workshops and then used the equipment to express their unique viewpoints. The outcome is five short films aiming to present “diverse approaches of exploring Limerick through a camera lens”. The common thread through all the stories is expressing “the beauty of the ordinary and the everyday”.

Frank O’Connor made two shorts including one with a craftsman at work with a local radio station on in the background and one of woods with atmospheric sounds.
Margaret Fitzgerald’s film touched on a very emotive issue. She highlighted that 20 people are missing in the River Shannon and filmed a search crew going about their work.
Gerard Kelly was seemingly the rebel of the group but Ms Gangos praised him for showing how breaking ‘the rules’ of this type of filmmaking can pay off. His film used the “camera as microscope” on the hive of activity that is Limerick Docks.
Donnacha Barry, a keen photographer, made a film about the vibrant Milk Market. In it, Tom, the busker who plays the accordion around town(a real local character), plays while a shopper sings along.

Ms Gangos paid tribute to the participants for taking on a challenge and overcoming obstacles to achieve their goals, which is the whole point of adult learning. She said she and the filmmakers had a lot of support and the films were also about communities in areas often “marginalised by the media”.

All the films were interesting snapshots of Limerick life, whether denotative or abstract. A minute or two is a very short time in which to capture the essence of something so the novice filmmakers did very well. The project was a great way of engaging and including ordinary people in the arts.

The project was facilitated through the Artist in the Community Scheme—delivered by CREATE and the Arts Council. Áine Lyne (LCEN) approached Ms Gangos to do the project and Susan Holland made sure the films would be seen as widely as possible. It was supported by: Limerick Community Education Network (LCEN), City of Limerick VEC Adult Education Service, Cork Film Centre, Limerick City Gallery, Daghdha Dance Company, Belltable Arts Centre, Omniplex Cinemas and IFCO.

The films are coming to a cinema near you! They’re due to screen at mainstream cinemas before scheduled films in Limerick and across Ireland. Locally, they will also be screened before films shown in the Belltable Film Club and in the foyer of the Limerick City Gallery of Art and the Occupy Space on Thomas Street.