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The Rope That Binds Us Makes Them Free

Nigel Rolfe


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Artist's biography

Nigel Rolfe

Contributors

Windmill Lane Studios Camera and Crew
Meirt Avis: Editor
Declan Quinn: Camera
Jim Butler : Sound
JJ Rolfe: Mastering and Archive.

Synopsis

This work consists of three sections: Rope; Traditional Irish Dancing; Water in Face. All three sections act as cultural carriers and metaphors of particular Irish signifiers and references.

ROPE - Wrapping the head in a large found ball of creosote-covered sisal twine. The rope itself is an indigenous found artefact (native Irish farming archaeology) about harvest and loss. Suffocation, smothering, entrapped.

DANCE - This champion Irish dancer is the cultural centre point or fulcrum. Dance as freedom and grounded literally and culturally, yet at the same time restricted and repressed.

WATER - Water in the face is an anointment and a drowning both. 'Across the water', a phrase Ireland uses to describe the world outside its island shores.

Concept & Technique

Art Work: Live Action registered as Video. The first user of video as a form for contemporary art in Ireland. Among world pioneers in this subject.

Screenings

Worldwide Exhibition since 1983
Details
Title

The Rope That Binds Us Makes Them Free

Year

1983

Key phrases

work made live, action artist, performance, Irish culture, dancing, rope, water

Duration

00:15:50

Original formats

U-Matic

Screening formats

Digital HD

Aspect ratio

4:3

Colour

Colour

Sound

Yes

Supported by Kildare County Council, the Arts Council of Ireland and Visual Artists Ireland.
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