Grace Weir: In My Own Time
Artist’s talk: Thursday 7 April, 6 pm
Crawford Art Gallery presents ‘In my own time’ by Grace Weir as part of a series of screenings by Irish and International artists.
“In my own time”, is a short film which explores ideas surrounding event time and our perceptions of place consisting of a series of episodes drawing together perceptions of time from different philosophical, scientific and cultural viewpoints. Episodes revealing how ancient societies regarded time and space in relation to direct experience – encapsulated in the phrase ‘as long as it takes to milk a cow’– are shown alongside treatments of Einstein’s theories, ideas about civil timekeeping and the possibility of time travel. Influenced by 19th-century scientific demonstrations, the artist explores these ideas through her own actions and activities.
However Weir’s work is as much involved with the qualities and issues in filmmaking as it is with science and references are made throughout the film to other films and filmmakers. The film explores the connection between the concept of one’s self as a being in time and the sense of one’s life as a narrative. Events in the film are portrayed in a rational style; but oscillate between fact and fiction, between documentary and cinematic illusion.
To launch the screening Grace Weir will give an informal talk on Thursday 7 April, 6:00 pm (free entrance).
Grace Weir lives in Dromahair, Co. Leitrim and has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. Forthcoming shows in 2011 are Saturnalia at the Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland; The dissolution of time and space at the Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Stuttgart; Gravity at the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; Apertures & Anxieties at the RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin and Super 8 at the Christopher Grimes Gallery in Los Angeles.
Recent exhibitions include What happens next is a secret, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; Déjà vu, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, I’m Spartacus, Gracelands, Dromahair, Leitrim (2010); In my own time, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane (2009); Through the Lens: New Media Art from Ireland, BAMOIC Beijing Art Museum, China; Loop ’08, Fundacio Miro, Barcelona (2008); In my own time, The Science Museum, London; Singing the real, Iziko South African National Gallery, Capetown, South Africa; Blackboxing, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland; The last blue sky, Mothers Tankstation, Dublin (2007); Biennale! Artist film and video, Temporarycontemporary, London, UK; Himmelsbilder, Dommuseum zu Salzburg, Austria (2005).
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