The ﬁlm is structured around seasonal changes, documenting evolving plant, bird and insect life, development of built works in progress and
transformation of the site from a state of vacancy
to temporary inhabitation.
Aoife Desmond is ﬁlming in 16mm, with additional
performance cinematography by Narayan Van Maale
and Denise Woods and sound design by Fiona Sheil.
This layered approach is used to create a ﬁlm work
which captures abstract and reﬂective aspects of the
urban research project TEST SITE.
This ﬁlm is shot in colour shifting from a muted winter
palette to a vibrant summer palette. Ongoing site
research informs the ﬁlm’s form. Inclusion of archive
material in the form of photographs, maps and deeds,
details of the site’s accidental plant ecology and the
community of passing birds are crucial parts of the
At this current time where a new relationship to
sustainable economy is crucial, the ﬁlm investigates
the multi-layered ghosts or traumas that can be tied
to a place and seeks to sensitively unravel the recent
and historical archaeology of the site to better
understand its role as a potential signiﬁer for community
led engagement with place.
These site-speciﬁc performance works informed by the
emerging discipline of ‘performative ecology’ respond to
the ‘island’ site at Kyrl’s Quay. Using gold leaf on the face
and eyelids to create a temporary performative alter ego,
‘gold woman never said this would be easy’ draws on a
shared contemporary discomfort in responding to
ecological and social crisis.
The performance work seeks to create a cathartic action,
a moment of release for performer and audience which
acknowledges the profound layers of loss in this present
moment in terms of our relationship to cultural, social and
This performance series responds to both the
tangible and intangible layers that make a site.
Through embodied response using movement and
voice, a more than human engagement with site is
generated. The performances vary from solo works to
larger collective works. Some will be performed only
for ﬁlm and some to a live audience.
This programme will be designed to hold the new ﬁlm
‘Mná & Sons’ and expand on its themes. It will be
partnered with a ﬁlmwork by the English ﬁlmmaker
Rosalind Fowler who also works with 16mm and social