Once, at the end of Ely Place, at the rear of OPW’s Dublin offices, sat an erstwhile security hut, where I organised two site-specific projects in 2015/16.

{Part 1}
Time is what happens when nothing else does
Ella Bertilsson & Ulla Juske
17 Nov — 23 Dec 2015

Time is what happens when nothing else does is a narrative-driven installation meditating on sentinels and solitude, based on numerous conversations with security men and attendants.

Documentation Video

Observing and listening; the visitor will experience the prolonged passage of time in the same way as a security person might do during a shift, the narrative giving a glimpse into the thoughts and reflections of the people the artists have spoken to.

James Merrigan’s review on +Billion- Journal


{Part 2}
All Flowers in time
Jonathan Mayhew
14 Jan — 19 Feb 2016

‘We breathe too fast to be able to grasp things in themselves or to expose their fragility. Our panting postulates and distorts them, creates and disfigures them, and blinds us to them’
Emil Cioran, A Short History of Decay

We forget what we regularly encounter: buildings, trees, plants, people to a certain extent – entropy’s slow decline rendered invisible due to day-to-day familiarity. Maybe the thing we think of as beautiful isn’t what it seems? Memories replace the real. It’s hard to stop and see what’s really happening. Some of the most important changes are hidden from us, and its not until they’re gone that we realise we’ve lost them. Time allows us to forget only until it’s too late to see.

Durational performance for flowers, vase, light bulb & 3 texts, published throughout the exhibition’s run. Texts were available at the front desk of the RHA during the exhibition.

James Merrigan’s review on +Billion- Journal