Room 03 Film Installation

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FALLING OUT OF STANDING a film installation

icon-archiveFALLING OUT OF STANDING is the legacy element of THESE ROOMS. A stand alone structure with three filmic works by David Bolger, Owen Boss and Louise Lowe that inverts traditional concepts of exterior and interior, FALLING OUT OF STANDING aims to extend the debate beyond the interaction of performance and site.

Extending the exploration of source material related to of the North King Street massacre and the subsequent live production of THESE ROOMS, the installation aims to contextualise how the past is propelled into the present and the impact of time on conflicted histories through the form of film.



Visual Artist: Owen Boss
AV Projection: Killian Waters
Sound Design: Carl Kennedy
Production Manager: Adam Fitzsimons
Construction: Ian Thompson
Scenery: Vincent Bell for Bellhouse Scenic Studio
Transport: Oddie Sherwin
Invigilator: Emma Gleeson
Publicist: Conleth Teevan


Falling out of Standing | David Bolger
Cast: Craig Connolly, Justine Cooper, Daniel Monaghan, Robbie O’Connor, Emma O’Kane, Matthew Williamson
Director of Photography: Kilian Waters
Sound Composition: Carl Kennedy
Vocals: Alyth McCormack
Editor: Kilian Waters
Costume Design: Niamh Lunny

Falling out of Standing | Owen Boss
Director of Photography: Colum O’Dwyer
Sound Composition: Carl Kennedy
Editor: Colum O’Dwyer

Falling out of Standing | Louise Lowe
Cast: Justine Cooper, Una Kavanagh, Niamh McCann, Emma O’Kane
Written by: Una Kavanagh & Louise Lowe
Director of Photography: Paddy Jordan
Sound Composition: Carl Kennedy
Editor: Genevieve Murphy
Costume Design: Niamh Lunny

Film Production Credits
Site Production Manager:
Adam Fitzsimons
Site Production Support: Fiona Keller
Production Support Assistant: Dylan Farrell
Wardrobe Assistant: Sorcha Ni Fhlionn
Production Support: Clare Creely and Sarah Latty
Producers: Lynnette Moran, Matthew Smyth, Bridget Webster

All films were shot on the art installation created for THESE ROOMS by Owen Boss at 85/86 Dorset Street Upper in October 2016.

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Information on Installation


A fundamental aim of this project was to create a permanent legacy, a long terms marker relevant to the present day that will live well beyond 2016.

This element is FALLING OUT OF STANDING, a film installation, which reflects each of the commissioned artists’ response to both to the source material and the collaborative process in making the performance work.

The live performance THESE ROOMS investigated questions of dignity, belonging and dispossession in a fearless, intimate and embodied physical performance. Set in 1966, the 50th anniversary of the Rising, it also explored the female body as a post trauma political site. Their physical bodies betrayed them, confronting themselves though the point of view of the 1966 commemoration.  

The film installation FALLING OUT OF STANDING is a response by the three lead artists through a focussed lens of the present day. Following the collaborative production process each of the artists stood back and worked in isolation with different filmmakers and editors to realise their individual responses to the project itself and the interrogated source material.    

The three resulting films will be housed in a self-contained installation space and will sequentially project each work to three different locations of the room. The room will be realised in a way to echo the spaces where the films where made, the site of the performance work.  

A stand alone structure that inverts traditional concepts of exterior and interior, the installation FALLING OUT OF STANDING aims to extend the debate beyond the interaction of performance and site and how the past is propelled into the present. Connected and yet discrete, each film attempts to reconcile the events from diverse perspectives affording the opportunity to interrogate the “unknown knowns” of our national narrative and together in doing so, reaffirm the role of art in negotiating history.  

As with the live work, FALLING OUT OF STANDING takes the North King Street massacre as a starting point and aims to contextualise the impact of time on conflicted historiesAs we move further away through time this event faded completely from the national consciousness. Its complexities at odds with the State’s foundation myth. It faced further erasure through the political neglect and official ineptitude of town planning of the 1960s and 70s resulting in the row of ten houses being left to decay over decades turning to wasteland and eventually being regenerated as an urban public green space. Historical narrative and physical site become almost invisible.  

FALLING OUT OF STANDING will capture the residues of this traumatic event for a contemporary public in an intimate, immersive experience for audiences.

The opening images of Boss’s film focus on the original site of the massacre on North King Street where today instead of buildings is a small urban garden. The film then moves to the host building on Dorset Street that housed the live performance and as the camera travels through the installations contained within the building it intersects the residues of the live performance of 2016 calling into question the ability to ever represent the truth of a real event.

Bolger’s film considers how spaces retain memory and begins with the moment that the uninvited rebellion entered the homes of innocent civilians on North King Street. Using two cameras to represent different viewpoints of the same scene, the viewer is invited to witness actions of isolated trauma on a stairwell leading to and from the rooms where the atrocity took place. The speed and force of the invasion is captured by the fast travelling sequences of the camera in both directions as men and women are separated and we witness the immediate aftermath of both the physical and psychological impact.

Presented in a split screen format, this film is a non-linear exploration of how memory and the energy of dramatic events is retained in the walls of buildings themselves and how this anguish is encountered through ghost like sensations in locations of conflict.

Lowe’s film explores the female body as a post-trauma political site.  A close up study of grief, isolation and loneliness, it is both tender and violent.  Explored in close proximity from an almost carnal vantage point, four women, who have undergone the same ordeal, are thrown together by circumstance, binding them physically and psychologically.  

Their physical bodies betray them.

Set in the aftermath of a failed military line up (where they where they were unable to pick out their husband’s killers), the women retreat to a kitchen for respite and comfort. The four women are within and watching at the same time, confronting themselves and ultimately each other.

A collision of the past into the present, FALLING OUT OF STANDING aims to put the public at the very centre of a rigorous work in a deeply personal encounter to explore the concepts of truth and time in conflicted histories.


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Installation Room by Owen Boss

Created by Owen Boss, the installation room for FALLING OUT OF STANDING echoes the spaces where the films were made and the site of the performance work. Inverting traditional concepts of exterior and interior, the space aims to put a contemporary public at the very centre of a rigorous work exploring the concepts of truth and time in conflicted histories.