• Thursday , 12 December 2019

Architecture and the Moving Image

Still from Verity-Jane Keefe's film Legoland (2015). Still from Verity-Jane Keefe’s film Legoland (2015).

Following an open call by the RIAI for a curator to oversee the Institute’s Culture Night programme, Stephen Mulhall – an architect and film maker based in Dublin – was selected. Under his winning theme of Architecture and the Moving Image up to 30 film and videos, all related to architecture and the built environment, will be screened inside and outside the RIAI’s headquarters at 8 Merrion Square North, 5pm to 10pm on Culture Night, Friday 22 September.

What’s on View

The films, videos, animations, documentaries, short experimental works and photography will include archival newsreel and documentary footage relating to the construction of Dublin which will be projected on the ground floor windows of the Georgian building, visible to all Culture Night visitors.

  • A trailer and excerpts of the upcoming feature film Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect, directed by Mark Noonan and produced by John Flahive will also be screened.
  • Work from leading Irish architects including Grafton Architects; Donaghy Dimond Architects (in collaboration with Henrietta Williams); Simon Walker in collaboration with Sue Barr and David Heathcote; and Scullion Architects, will be on show, alongside work by artists such as Cleary Connolly and Francis Matthews; documentary work by Paddy Cahill and Conor McCafferty, and Scottish documentary maker Chris Leslie. Barcelona based architects Flores Pratz have also contributed video work.
  • Submissions have been received from registered architects, architecture students and recent graduates in Ireland and abroad, along with practitioners in associated fields such as film, architectural photography and fine art.

RIAI President Carole Pollard said “it’s a wonderful opportunity to explore the relationship between architecture and film. Beautiful architecture in a movie can play a role more akin to a character than a setting. It is our wish that these screenings will spark an interest in how filmmakers shape our experience of cities and places on screen. We are delighted to host ‘Architecture and the Moving Image’ as our Dublin Culture Night event at the RIAI and we hope that it will be the first of many more screenings in the future”. 

Architecture and the Moving Image

There is an affinity and overlap between the disciplines of architecture and cinema. Both relate to space, and its design and representation. They are both collaborative practices, with a direct engagement with their audiences and the public. Film is the perfect visual medium to communicate the wide variety of architecture practice in Ireland.

Curator Biography

Stephen Mulhall runs ninteeneighty, the winner of the RIAI Best Emerging Practice Award 2003, and recipient of a 2016 Arts Council Architecture Bursary. He is an architect and film-maker, working in the space between architecture, film, art and research. nineteeneighty seeks innovative ways to practice, using traditional skills of spatial intelligence in different ways. The studio is interested in communicating ideas about space/the built environment, using film to explore and represent place and space. The studio has exhibited at the Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland Culture Night, the Royal Ulster Academy, the Architecture + Design Film Festival Winnipeg, the Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisbon, Budapest Architect Film Days and the Botin Foundation, Santander.

For media queries, please contact:

Sonila Papa via spapa@riai.ie or +353 (0)1 669 1483 and Stephen Mulhall via stephen@nineteeneighty.ie.

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