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Moira Sweeney

Moira Sweeney

P: +353-866072101
Campus: Aungier Street

Research Topic: Dublin Docks: Visualising Changing Identities, Communities and Labour Practices

My doctoral research project is an ethnographic practice-based exploration of maritime space, alongside an examination of the lived identities and labor practices of Dublin Dock workers - a community under transformation in the context of globalisation, urban regeneration and recession. Such a richly textured space opens up multiple avenues of conceptual and methodological inquiry for the socially engaged researcher and image maker. How, for example, have dockworkers, mariners and Port managers negotiated the economic and cultural transformations of recent times? How does the cinematic process generate a milieu for social actors such as stevedores and boatmen to articulate their experiences? And how can the multifaceted nature of maritime space be depicted audiovisually?

I am constructing a fieldwork space through which I traverse as a visual ethnographer - one designed around 'chains, paths, threads and juxtapositions of locations', establishing a form of 'literal, physical presence' (Marcus, 1998). As Marcus writes: ‘Ethnography is predicated upon attention to the everyday, an intimate knowledge of face-to-face communities and groups' (1998). In accumulating ‘a series of perceptual clues' (MacDougall, 2005), I continue to be engaged in the construction of a filmic and textual space analogous to that experienced by those working on the docks of Dublin port in their everyday working lives.

Selected Conferences

‘Dublin Docks: Visualising Place and Changing Identities', Conference of Irish Geographers : Art & Geography Ireland, Galway University (May).

'Stevedoring Stories: A Contemporary Symphonic Experience', MeCCSA, University of Ulster, Derry (January).

'Space and the Geographical Imagination on the Dublin Docklands', Media and the City International Workshop, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan [available at] (February).

Selected Broadcast Credits

Opry an Iúir, Six Part Music Series. Big Mountain Productions for BBC2NI and TG4, Series Producer (September-October).

Aniar Aduaidh, Six Part Musical Series across Ulster with Mairéad Ní Mhaoinaigh of Altan. Independent Pictures and Tobar for RTÉ, Director (February-March).

Laochra Gael, Nemeton for TG4, Director

Teens in The Wild, Firebrand for RTÉ, Director and Camera
Cósta Uí Catháin, Independent Pics for TG4, Director

Imeall Geal, Big Mountain for BBC, Series Producer

Feud, Independent Pics for RTÉ, Director

Cártaí Poist, Adare for TG4, Producer/Director
Oirialla-Atlantis of Ireland, Independent Pictures for TG4, Producer/Director

An Tuath Nua, Independent Pictures for RTÉ, Director

Frois Frais, RTÉ, Series Producer

Léargas, RTÉ, Producer/Director

Selected Distinctions, Awards, Commissions, Sponsorship

Teens in the Wild: Nomination for TV Now Awards

Crann Beatha: Photographic Series
Exhibited and toured with the support of the Tree Council Of Ireland and the OPW

Oirialla-Atlantis na hÉireann: TG4 Commission

Laochra Gael: Shortlist Best Documentary - Boston Irish Film Festival

Nomination Best Sports Documentary: Irish Film & Television Academy

Léargas-Na Caitlicigh is Fearr: Radharc Nomination for Best Documentary

Léargas: Irish Film and TV Academy Nomination Best Documentary Series

Cúrsaí Ealaíne: Irish Film and TV Academy Nomination Best Features Series

Gold and Blue - Solo Photographic Show: Arts Council of Ireland/Tinahely Courthouse Centre

Communion- Photographic Series : Wicklow County Council Arts Fund

Artist Residency, Tyrone Guthrie Centre: Arts Council of Ireland/ Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Re-Telling Tales - Artist Residency: Banff Centre For the Arts, Canada

The Gift: Fuji Film Production Award

Coming Home: Channel Four Artist Film Commission and Arts Council Of England Artist Film Award

Travel Award for the Pan African Film Festival: North West Arts (England)

Artist Residency: Trondheim College of Art, Norway

British Council Travel Awards: Philippines, Brazil, Norway, USA, France, Switzerland, Norway

Selected Solo Photographic and Film Exhibitions

Crann Beatha Photographic Series:
Airfield Trust, Dundrum
Enfo, Dublin
Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin
JFK Arboretum, Wexford
Leixlip Library, Co Kildare

Mesta Photographic Series:
Signal Arts Centre, Bray
Ardowen Centre, Enniskillen
Clotworthy Art Centre, Antrim
Tinahely Courthouse Centre, Co WicklowSelected Group Exhibitions/Film Festivals

Selected Group Exhibitions/Film Festivals

Boston Irish Film Festival

First Wicklow Open, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray

Christmas Crackers - Signal Art Gallery, Bray
ART+action, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin

Glendalough Visitors Centre, Bray Arts Club

ICA, London; Yokohama Museum, Japan; Berlin Film Festival, Manila Super 8 Film Festival; Melbourne Film Festival; Bonn Experi; San Francisco Art Institute Cinematheque; Hallwalls Art Centre, Buffalo; Millennium, New York; Tokyo Image Forum; Lightcone Paris; Viper, Lucerne; Osnabruck; Edinburgh Film Festival; Paris Rencontres, L'Alternativa, Barcelona, Galway Film Festival, British Short Film FestivalExhibitionsExhibitions


Stevedoring Stories' Audio Visual Installation, CHQ, Dublin Docklands Summer Festival.

'Stevedoring Stories' Audio Visual Installation, CHQ, Tall Ships Dublin.

Selected Lectureships

Waterford Institute of Technology: Postgraduate in TV

Performing Arts Centre, Dublin
Trinity Arts Club, Trinity College, Dublin
North Staffordshire Polytechnic
Birbeck University of London
Trondheim Art Academy, NorwaySelected Publications

Selected Publications

‘Space and the Geographical Imagination on the Dublin Docklands' in Tosoni, S., Tarantino, M. and Giaccardi, C. (Eds) Media & The City: Urbanism, Technology and Communication, Cambridge Scholar Publishing.

‘A Tribute to Michael Davitt', Cork Literary Review, Vol. XII

‘From Lahas to Riverstown', the sHop, Issue 19

‘Shirin Neshat at IMMA', Bray Arts Journal, Jan 2002

‘Three Poems', Cúirt Literary Journal, Issue 1996

‘Light Years Ahead - Contemporary Avant Garde Film', The Film and Video Umbrella, Arts Council/BFI, Autumn 1990

‘Signs of the Times - Contemporary British Film & Video Art', Undercut, Issue 19, Autumn, pp. 36-40
and ICA Biennial of British Film and Video Art 1990

‘Towards a New Erotica: Cross Currents in Culture', Variant, Issue 7, p.50, 1990

Public Collections

Arsenal, Berlin

Yokohama Museum, Japan

Institute of Contemporary Art, London

San Francisco Canyon

Photographs held in private collections in England, Ireland, France, USA

Published Photographs

Stinging Fly, Feasta, the sHop

Freacneac Mearcair & Scuais

Selected Media Reviews

Teens, Irish Times, Irish Independent

Crann Beatha, Review on Soisceal Padraig, TG4 Television

Cartaí Poist, Foinnse

Laochra Gael, Irish Times, Foinnse

An Tuath Nua, Irish Times

‘Sé Seo m'Oileán, Irish Times, Foinnse, Sunday Times,
Sunday Independent
I Dream of Jeannie, Sunday Tribune

An Fhírinne Faoi Cheilt, Sunday Times

Lúnasa Photographic Exhibition, RTÉ Guide













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