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port | river | city seminar and screening

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Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland

63 Merrion Square South

D02 X338 Dublin 2

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As part of the port | river | city project curated by aemi and Cliona Harmey this full day event features panel discussions, presentations, and a screening of William Raban’s vital 1987 film Thames Film as well as a public interview with the filmmaker.

This public seminar event will consider the complex interrelationships between port, river and city, not only as they relate to this project and Dublin's particular role as a port city but also more generally. Speakers at this event include artist and researcher Moira Sweeney, artists Dan Shipsides, Vanessa Daws and Cliona Harmey, the writer Gabriel Gee, and Dr. Patrick Bresnihan of Trinity College Dublin.

Historically artists have not only looked to the sea for inspiration but also to the specific interplay between nature and industry that is peculiar to port cities. This seminar will consider some of these responses specfically as they relate to moving-image practices looking at the work of Irish artists like Moira Sweeney, Vanessa Daws, and Cliona Harmey but also to significant international figures like William Raban and Peter Hutton. Peter Hutton for example suggests there is a particular affinity between the materialities of film and the temporalities specific to travel by sea. What Scott McDonald discovered in Raban's work was a form of 'Eco-cinema'- "Hutton uses the chemical process of cinema [...] as a means of slowing consumption and providing a model of a mindset that might take better care of the world outside the screening room." Elsewhere figures like Marguerite Duras, William Raban and Allan Sekula used similar inspiration to help innovate what has now become known as the 'essay film', a far more subjective and often poetic form of documentary practice exemplified by Raban's 'Thames Film' (1986) which screens here. More locally artists like Dan Shipsides and Moira Sweeney have explored the subject by immersing themselves in the environments and communities that are specific to these areas, where Vanessa Daws has taken a more submersive approach to those environments Cliona Harmey examines the technological histories that are specific to the coming together of port, river and city.

This single day event brings together researchers, curators and artists to consider the interplay between port, river and city. This is a free event and lunch will be provided by Luncheonette.

This project is funded by Dublin Port Company as part of the Port Perspectives project.

Event Schedule:

10:30 – 11:00 Greetings and introductions

11:00 – 12:30 port | river| city Panel 1 – Presentations by Gabriel Gee, Moira Sweeney, and Dr. Patrick Bresnihan on the complex interrelationships between port, river, city followed by a discussion.

12:30 Complimentary lunch provided by LUNCHEONETTE

13:30 – 15:00 port | river | city Panel 2 – A panel discussion with the curators and artists involved in the port | river | city project including Cliona Harmey, Dan Shipsides, Vanessa Daws, (AEMI ) Alice Butler and Daniel Fitzpatrick.

15:15-16:00 Public discussion with filmmaker William Raban.

16:15 Screening of William Raban’s ‘Thames Film’ (1986)






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