BASIC TALKS ~ Ruth Clinton + Niamh Moriarty

The Hugh Lane Gallery


Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty will screen two short films never before seen in Dublin. Above the Intricate Sun and Flicker (made in 2017 and 2016, respectively) each build on a rhythmic refrain to describe a bewildering encounter with our surroundings. A profusion of associations and references endeavour to articulate the noise and interruptions that inevitably come between people, places and objects. We invite you to spend your lunchtime in meditation on the 12th of January from 1pm.

Flicker (2016) 25' 21"

A short film developed during a residency at Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh in 2016 and later screened at the Femmes Underground International Film Festival in San Diego. 

Last year marked 100 years since Britain, and therefore Ireland adopted Daylight Savings Time. This rearrangement of public timekeeping resulted in a sudden loss of twenty-five minutes and twenty-one seconds of Irish time. Taking this temporal elision as a starting point, Flicker tests the possibility of unfolding infinite moments of unrealised potential into the dramatic setting of Cobh. Collaborative gestures are used to present simultaneous, non-linear narratives of remote (mis)communication and to question the possibility of ownership over intangible forces. 

Above, the Intricate Sun (2017) 20”

Silent video piece developed as a private commission for Allianz House, Elm Park, Dublin.

This video considers in-between states such as twilight, passageways and coastlines, and their potential to be places for meditation as well as navigation. Moving between a sculpture garden and its surrounding landscapes, the artists send and receive light signals in order to project painterly visions of the celestial and the terrestrial.


Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty are collaborative artists currently living and working remotely between Dublin and Sligo. They use performance, video, sound installation and storytelling, along with a detailed research process to convey visions of transience and resistance. Through mimetic acts of communication and repetition, of resurrection and preservation, the artists investigate humanity’s struggle against overwhelming natural forces and ask how we can look beyond our perceptions of infinity. 

BASIC TALKS is a series of talks with leading contemporary practitioners, taking place at The Hugh Lane on the second Friday of every month. Curated by Basic Space in partnership with The Hugh Lane, BASIC TALKS is a platform for lectures, workshops, presentations, and performances. Speakers will include artists, curators, writers, and critics who will generate discourse on producing, framing and exhibiting art. BASIC TALKS is a collaboration between Basic Space and The Hugh Lane, exploring alternatives in the dissemination of contemporary art and its discourses.

Admission is free but spaces are limited to 50 so please arrive promptly to avoid disappointment.

Image - Flicker (2016), Sirius Arts Centre, courtesy of Brian MacDomhnaill

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