Galway International Arts Festival and Galway 2020 present

Mirror Pavilion

by John Gerrard

Mirror Pavilion, Corn Work

Claddagh Quay
Galway City
3 - 26 September, 2020
Runs 24 hours daily

Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work

Derrigimlagh Bog
Connemara, Co. Galway
20 March – 11 April, 2021
Runs 8am-6pm daily

Mirror Pavilion by John Gerrard was commissioned by Galway International Arts Festival for Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture.

The Pavilion is a beautiful and striking structure, with
 three sides and the roof clad in a highly reflective mirror and the fourth wall a high–resolution LED wall. This structure will host two new artworks Corn Work and Leaf Work which
 will unfold on the LED screen presented in two locations; Corn Work at the historic Claddagh Quay in Galway City and Leaf Work at the spectacular 4,000–year–old Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara. The works reflect and respond to the landscape of both locations.

Mirror Pavilion by John Gerrard is a response to the escalating climate crisis and fearlessly pushes the boundaries of digital art using simulation. Gerrard has taken digital technology, usually employed by the commercial gaming industry, to create virtual worlds that simulate extremely detailed and authentic landscapes. The characters and landscapes we see on the LED screen may look like video or film but they are not; they hover in what the artist describes as the ‘slippery space’ between the real and the unreal. These two astonishingly real virtual worlds are meticulously constructed by digital means by the artist, a team of modellers, and programmers. This world unveiling will be a dazzling moment on the Irish landscape.

Galway International Arts Festival would like to acknowledge the support of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture for funding this project in partnership with Galway city and county local authorities, and for the additional support provided by Festival Energy Partner Flogas, and the support of Aerogen and Blue Sky Ireland.

   

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Mirror Pavilion And The Artworks

As an artist, Gerrard produces virtual worlds, which are often portraits of real places remade as 3D models of themselves. His works are mostly installed in public spaces, on the streets or city squares. This allows what he describes as ‘unexpected collisions’ that can occur between the art and members of the public.

Mirror Pavilion will reflect and respond to the landscape at two locations.

As the viewer approaches the Mirror Pavilion structure, they will see themselves reflected in the mirrored walls, and on the LED screen they will see an image of the landscape in which the structure is situated.

Using a technique described as motion matching John Gerrard generated an ongoing infinite choreography for the characters we see on the screen. Real-life dancers, wearing motion capture suits, walked, danced and performed. This series of motions was then captured and converted into data.

What we ultimately see are the Corn Work characters responding to time while the Leaf Work character responds to the solar cycle and changing temperatures, their movements in tandem with the changes of the seasons. There are two virtual worlds to discover on the Mirror Pavilion LED screen, each at a different physical location.

Video: Introducing Mirror Pavilion by John Gerrard

Mirror Pavilion, Corn Work

John Gerrard's Mirror Pavilion, Corn Work, photo Colm Hogan

Mirror Pavilion, Corn Work

Located by the River Corrib at Claddagh Quay, Mirror Pavilion, Corn Work, recalls histories of grain milling in Galway and the strong flow of water which provided a sustainable clean energy source for the city’s now dismantled flour mills. Four folk figures, the Straw Boys, remade virtually, perform a symbolic wheel of production on the LED wall in the work. Changing with the seasons, they commemorate attitudes toward agriculture and the landscape that existed prior to the petroleum derived methods widely implemented today. The powerful coordinated turns of Corn Work provide a mirror image to Leaf Work in Connemara.

Claddagh Quay, Galway City
3 - 26 September, 2020 | Runs 24hours

Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work

Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work, Concept render courtesy of John Gerrard

Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work

Located in Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara, Leaf Work is a lone melancholic virtual character on the screen, clad in oak leaves. Derrigimlagh Bog was the site of transmission of the first transatlantic radio signal from the Marconi station in 1907 and the site of Alcock and Brown’s first transatlantic plane crossing in 1919. In Leaf Work the character performs a lament for the effects of these human advances on the non-human world and its relentless suffering. She walks a simple circle, a choreography based on the position of the sun and her lament is the antithesis of the triumph of Corn Work.

Derrigimlagh Bog, Connemara, Co. Galway
20 March – 11 April, 2021 | 8am - 6pm

JOHN GERRARD

JOHN GERRARD

One of Ireland’s most unique and internationally celebrated artists, John Gerrard is best known for his large-scale and site-specific works, his sculptures which usually take the form of digital simulations, have been installed in both high-profile urban spaces such as Lincoln Center Plaza (New York) for Public Art Fund and Somerset House (London) for Channel 4, and in geographically isolated locations such as Coachella Valley Desert (California) for Desert X. His work has featured at the Venice Biennale and is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (New York). Tate (London) recently presented his work.

johngerrard.net

Previous Work
Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014 by John Gerrard is a computer simulation of an actual power plant known as a solar thermal power tower.

Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014 by John Gerrard is a computer simulation of an actual power plant known as a solar thermal power tower.

Western Flag depicts the site of the 'Lucas Gusher' - the world's first major oil find - in Spindletop, Texas in 1901, now barren and exhausted. Here it’s pictured on view at Desert X at Coachella Valley, CA, USA in 2019.

Western Flag depicts the site of the 'Lucas Gusher' - the world's first major oil find - in Spindletop, Texas in 1901, now barren and exhausted. Here it’s pictured on view at Desert X at Coachella Valley, CA, USA in 2019.

X. laevis (Spacelab) 2017 at Okayama Art Summit, Japan, 2019. The Okayama Art Summit is an international exhibition of contemporary art held in Okayama City, Japan once every three years.

X. laevis (Spacelab) 2017 at Okayama Art Summit, Japan, 2019. The Okayama Art Summit is an international exhibition of contemporary art held in Okayama City, Japan once every three years.

Mirror Pavilion, Corn Work (Claddagh Quay)

Producer: Werner Poetzelberger
Programmer: Helmut Bressler
CG Character Modelling: Max Loegler
CG Character Rigs and Skinning: Arx Anima
Environment development: Werner Poetzelberger
Movement Analyst: Esther Balfe
Dancers: Stephanie Dufresne (Spring), Ursula Robb (Summer), Justine Cooper (Autumn), and Raymond Keane (Winter)
Development Dancers: Siobhan Manson, Lucy West and Ben Sullivan
Drone Photography: The Drone Guys
Straw suit development: Gerardine Wisdom
Grain Farmers: Dan Fogarty (Wheaten straw), Gunther Falkenthal (Rye Straw), Ruairiadh and Marie Deasy (Barley and Oat Straw)
Associate Producer (Galway): Declan Gibbons
Line Producer (Vienna): Caroline Ecker
3D Realtime Engine: Unigine
Installation development: Jakob Illera / Inseq Design
GIAF Chief Executive: John Crumlish
GIAF Artistic Director & Mirror Pavilion producer: Paul Fahy
Financial Controller: Gerry Cleary

Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work (Derrigimlagh Bog)

Producer: Werner Poetzelberger
Programmer: Helmut Bressler
CG Character Modelling: Max Loegler
CG Character Skinning: Arx Anima
Landscape development: Werner Poetzelberger
Movement Analyst: Esther Balfe
Dancer: Finola Cronin
Drone Photography: The Drone Guys, Sligeachfilms
RGB Aerial Photography, Digital Terrain/Surface Model: Bluesky Geospatial Limited
Oaks : Ailbhe Gerrard / Brookfield Farm
Line Producer (Galway) Declan Gibbons
Line Producer (Vienna) Caroline Ecker
3D Realtime Engine: Unigine
Installation development: Jakob Illera / Inseq Design

Locations & Your Visit

Mirror Pavilion will be presented in two different locations; Corn Work at Claddagh Quay in Galway city and Leaf Work at Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara. Read our Safety Information.

Mirror Pavilion, Corn Work

Mirror Pavilion, Corn Work

  • Claddagh Quay, Galway City View Map
  • 3 - 26 September, 2020
  • Runs 24 hours daily

Mirror Pavilion, Corn Work will be situated on the middle pier of Claddagh Quay, directly across from the city’s iconic Spanish Arch in the heart of Galway City. It will run continuously for 24 hours daily.

Claddagh Quay is just minutes from the centre of Galway city, where the River Corrib meets Galway Bay and flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Formerly a fishing village, it is one of the oldest areas of Galway city.

Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work

Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work

  • Derrigimlagh Bog, Connemara, Co. Galway View Map
  • 20 March – 11 April, 2021
  • Runs 8am-6pm daily

The site for Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work is the 4,000-year old Derrigimlagh Bog - an area of blanket peat bog in Connemara - situated just a few miles from Clifden on the Wild Atlantic Way.

It is also the scene of two very significant events in international travel and communications history. The transmission of the first transatlantic radio signal from the Marconi station in 1907 and the safe crash landing of the first transatlantic plane crossing in 1919 by Alcock and Brown.

This installation is accessible by foot via a marked walking loop. Please allow approximately 25 minutes to walk from the car park to the installation.