Hill of Bones

Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarity

Description

Hill of Bones
video installation and exhibition, Roscommon Arts Centre, 2013

Hill of Bones is an exercise in cross-dimensional movement that employs video as a means of attempting the translation of this world onto another wavelength. The artists use the camera to trace passages through space that then become folded into the video image, suggesting perhaps the transference elsewhere of both place and body. With the sincere curiosity of tourists, Clinton and Moriarty investigate Roscommon’s real and apocryphal histories and endeavour to create a reflective response to its landscape. Starting with a retreat to an unassuming crannóg, Clinton and Moriarty perform an escape to and from nature. These man-made islands, once used as places of refuge, rebellion and revelry, now lie quiet and still. However, the word ‘crannóg’, literally meaning ‘young tree’, describes their potential for reactivation as well as their timeless perpetuity. Using simple techniques during filming to achieve different effects, the artists have not manipulated the footage or sounds in any way during post production. The video attempts to connect the gallery to the world outside, emphasising the physical and historical depth of place through evocative images and mesmeric noise. Discover the eerie, lost island! Behold the fascinating, natural sinkhole! Marvel at the mysterious Hill of Bones!

Details
Title

Hill of Bones

Year

2013

Creator

Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarity

Medium

Moving Image

Form

HD video

Genre

Documentary

Subject

landscape; crannog; escape

Language

None

Duration

00:18:35

Original format

Large scale projection with headphones

Aspect ratio

16:9

Colour

Colour

Sound

Sound

Rights

Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty

Artist website

https://www.ruthandniamh.info/about-currenthttps://www.ruthandniamh.info/

Link to work

https://vimeo.com/74024946

At Sirius Arts Centre Cork