The Hopeless End of a Great Dream

Declan Clarke

Description

Co commissioned by TBG+S, Belfast Exposed, Centre Cultural Irlandais Paris and Trinity Creative, this film was shot entirely on the grounds of Trinity College Dublin, using the diversity of architecture within Trinity’s walls as a backdrop and metaphor for the last 100 years of Irish history. Taking a number of overlooked episodes in Irish history as its starting point, the film works along a fragmented narrative which sees unexplained actions taking place in academic and historical surroundings. Clarke grounds these episodes in the political present, so that they function as commentaries on the causes, effects, and ongoing ramifications of the past on the current political climate. Visually and thematically referencing the tropes of post war European cinema, Clarke blurs real and fictional stories to create a film with a complex palimpsest of narrative development, compelling characters and mysterious events.’ (Sourced from http://www.templebargallery.com/gallery/exhibition/the-hopeless-end-of-a-great-dream on August 15th 2016)

Details
Title

The Hopeless End of a Great Dream

Year

2016

Creator

Declan Clarke

Medium

Moving Image

Form

Feature

Genre

College, Espionage, Reflexive, Mystery

Subject

Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), Irish literature, history and culture

Language

English (eng), German (deu)

Duration

65 minutes

Original format

Physical: Film: 16mm

Aspect ratio

16:9

Colour

Colour

Sound

Sound

Rights

Copyright holder: Declan Clarke

Artist website

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Link to work

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