Seamus Harahan – Cold Open
The Third Space Gallery
46 Hill St.
16.00 – 22.00
Seamus Harahan was born in London in 1968 and grew up there and in Tyrone. He holds an MFA and BA (Hons) in Fine Art, both from the University of Ulster in Belfast. His work is exhibited and screened nationally and internationally and is held in both public and private collections. He lives and works in Belfast.
The content of the films tends to be a consequence of where he is and, occasionally, where he places himself. Much of his work engages directly with place: his only initial strategy is to forget and film the social and cultural environment.
Working primarily with video and sound, Harahan aims to maintain an open and intuitive experimental process to the initial cultural, social and experiential fragments that inform the films. He is interested in film-making that is about looking, recording before thought, the visual consequence of an absent minded gaze in response to the world; locating oneself, locating others – mapping emotional and intellectual spaces, being part of the moving mass; the accumulation of meanings in the dislocation of the familiar, where narratives recede in the minutiae of gesture and sound.
The work takes the form of experimental documentary, films of found activity, referencing the point where inner and outer realities intersect.