Masses of stepped flemish and mesh bond brick work from Irish Architects O’Donnell + Tuomey at the new London School of Economic Student Centre. I had a chance to visit the site during construction in November, interiors seemed a little dark behind the perforated brick but the stairs and level changing sequences were impressive, particularly the poured concrete spiral on the top floors named the “baby elephant”. Photographs by Dennis Gilbert.
Irish Photographer Richard Mosse collaborated with Trevor Tweeten and Ben Frost to travel to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and document rebel enclaves and sites of human rights violations using a now defunct method of military surveillance of infrared film which he used for his previous series of works, ‘Infra’. The video below reveals the stories behind the making of the film, ‘The Enclave’ which is part of a multimedia exhibition currently showing at the RHA in Dublin until the 12th March and then Ormston House, Limerick as part of the celebration of Limerick City of Culture, 2014. ‘Enclave’ was shown at the Irish Pavilion during last year’s 55th Venice Biennale. Looking forward to seeing this when I’m home next, first time I saw his work was at Dublin Contemporary in 2011 and was the best part of the show for me.
I’ve been listening to this song ‘Take me to Church’ all weekend. The video by Cork natives Feel Good Lost is also great, you can see a previous post of them here. I missed Hozier at the last Electric Picnic but hopefully get a chance to see him this year; no doubt with massive crowds.
Really great shot film by Taller Stories and Toe Jam with titles by Gianni on the rich history of painted signs in Ireland from dealing with the cold weather and constantly making sure the spelling is right. Maser, James Early Kevin Freeney and Kevin Freeney Jr. give their insight into their work and influences. If you like this sort of thing you should also watch the ‘Up There’ a short about sign painters in New York.
Another nice short film from Albert Hooi, this time for Irish duo Makers & Brothers for their new Tiny Department Store which opened in Dublin this week at 5 Dame Lane and runs until the 24th of December. Music by Lisa Hannigan.