Public Talk: Jack Phelan
Wednesday August 1, 6.15pm
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College
"This system speculates on the possibilities of video not as passive image but as active signal, and the gallery as a site of condensation; a shared space and a space of reflection."
- Sven Anderson and Gerard Byrne on A Visibility Matrix
In contemporary culture, where and what are our communal spaces? And, in the context of A Visibility Matrix, the work showing in Gallery from June 7–August 25 2018, how is imagery received and how is visual knowledge built in these spaces?
In this early evening talk, Irish video artist Jack Phelan will talk about the use and impact of video material within the theatre environment. Phelan works collaboratively with theatre artists to realise original video concepts for the stage. As such, his work considers the potential of video in live performance, and alongside human actors, beyond the boundaries of the screen.
Jack Phelan is a video artist who specialises in integrating new visual ideas and technology into live performance. In 2017 he was video designer on Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh’s new opera, The Second Violinist. He had previously worked with the same creative team on Arlington (2016), also by Enda Walsh. For Man of Valour, he worked with The Corn Exchange and actor Paul Reid to develop a neo-noir world of atmospherics and shadow using 3D modelling, lighting-through-projection and real-time animation. Man of Valour won the Best Design award at the 2011 Dublin Fringe Festival. In 2010 he combined wireless cameras and real-time post-production to bring the audience closer to the cast of the award-winning Freefall. Other theatrical credits include Dubliners (The Corn Exchange / Dublin Theatre Festival), World to Come (Cryptic Theatre, Glasgow), Alice in Funderland (TIPB / Abbey Theatre), The Lulu House and MacBeth (Siren Productions), Love and Money (Hatch Theatre) and Woman & Scarecrow (Siren / Abbey). Jack was also a core member of the creative / technical team behind Playhouse, a large-scale interactive lighting installation for public expression. Produced for Dublin Theatre Festival in 2009, Playhouse turned Dublin’s Liberty Hall into an eleven-storey, full-colour video display that displayed animations submitted by the public to music synchronised with Dublin City FM.
Image: Arlington by Enda Walsh, production image, courtesy of the artist.