Flicker

Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty

Description

2016 marked 100 years since Britain, and therefore Ireland, adopted Daylight Savings Time. The rearrangement of public timekeeping resulted in a sudden loss of twenty-five minutes and twenty-one seconds of what was previously understood to be 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, County Cork. A flickering refrain shows two hands of the artists navigate a circular board in order to evoke sea navigation, remote communication, psychic planchettes and TV noise. Irish language subtitles offer a text that has been scrambled and misinterpreted, telling the story of the Cork medium Geraldine Cummins’ 1955 book from the perspective of Colonel Percy Fawcett. Fawcett was a cartographer and famed British explorer who was once stationed in Cork Harbour but then disappeared into the Amazon jungle in search of an ancient, lost city. (Password protected)

Details
Title

Flicker

Year

2016

Creator

Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty

Medium

Moving Image

Form

Short

Genre

Experimental, abstract, nature

Subject

Time,Daylight Savings Time,sea navigation,psychic

Language

Irish

Duration

00:25:32

Original format

Digital HD

Aspect ratio

16:9

Colour

Colour

Sound

Sound

Rights

Courtesy of the Collection of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Artist website

https://www.ruthandniamh.info/

Link to work

https://vimeo.com/191696750 (password protected)