Monthly Archives: June 2011

Venice Architectural Biennale

Genevieve jumping at the Ai Weiwei exhibtion

We made three films for our friends and wonderful architects TAKA, a Dublin based architecture practice. The films were for the Architectural Biennale and what a whirl we had in Venice. Genevieve and I directed and produced a film triptych in collaboration with the architecture practice.

TAKA represented Ireland at the 11th Venice International Architecture Biennale in 2008, Ireland’s participatory exhibition was entitled  The Lives of Spaces, while TAKA’s individual piece was called Mnemonic Tectonics: Constructing Space through Memory and Ritual. The film was screened at the Biennale di Venezia OUTTHERE: Architecture Beyond Building and continued on a European tour to include an exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London in 2010.

Each film of the triptych symbolically represents a period of time, the film shown below portrays the past.

‘A triptych of films charts the past home, enduring present lives and future spaces of the family. This anachronistic group faces each other as contemporaries in an introverted viewing space of reflection and layering. The object is conceived as a zoetrope, an early precursor to film, but one where the persistence of vision is replaced by the endurance of memory.’ TAKA

TAKA's Zoetrope for Venice

Venice Venue

Some exhibitions at the Biennale were better than others..........

Rainy evening in Venice with Phil's parents but at least we had a super cool Venice umbrella to keep us dry

Phil goes aerial in front of 'Beyond Building'


No Worst There Is None: The Stomach Box

photos by Hugh O'Conor

Phil also designs for theatre company and live art group, The Stomach Box, which he co-founded with Dylan Tighe and Sean Óg. They took the top prize of Best Production at The Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2010 for their show No Worst There Is None.  Genevieve was commissioned to create a film by The Stomach Box of the show at Newman House, Dublin.

No Worst There Is None from Sean Mac Erlaine on Vimeo.

“One of the strangest and most beautiful shows of the Dublin Theatre Festival”
– Colm Toibín, New York Review of Books Blog

“Really stunning, fantastic”
– Lynne Parker on Arts News, Lyric FM

“Powerful… impressive”
– Irish Independent

“Impressively accomplished”
– Irish theatre magazine

“A combination of walking tour, performance art, literary archaeology and audio-visual installation, this was a smart, sensitive and impeccably crafted piece of site- specific theatre…brave and new, and very, very good.”
– Irish Independent

“Absorbing, unsettling…fascinating”
– Irish Times

– The Examiner

Amorphic: Public Sculpture Galway, Ireland

'Amorphic' Bronze Sculpture Galway (4m x 2.7m x 2.7m)

Phil was commisioned by Paul Dillon Architects in Galway to create this public sculpture in bronze. He produced it in Co.Leitrim, Ireland.

‘It was a great experience to be working alongside the architect and a real challenge to consider how the sculpture would sit within it’s environment.  Two weeks before we had planned to start work on the piece we got word that the foundry that we had booked wasn’t ready so we had to do a bit of a MacGyver on it and build our own. Working alongside Simon Carman and with months of hard graft we got there in the end and were very pleased with the result…there was a real sense of satisfaction to have the sculpture included in a book of Irish Sculpture By the Way: A Selection of Public Art in Ireland by Ann Lane. Keep an eye out for it next time your passing through Galway.’

Phil and Simon pouring bronze at the DIY foundry

Sculpture in situ in front of Dillon Architects new build