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In 2002 Patrick Jolley was commissioned to make a film in Dublin’s north-side suburb of Ballymun – an area targeted for radical social and economic change due to Dublin City Council’s plan to regenerate the area by demolishing and rebuilding residential housing and services. As part of this plan, residents were requested to move from flats in tower blocks, which in many cases were their lifetime dwellings, to new contemporary houses. Jolley filmed the interior of Shangan, an empty four-storey building, which was awaiting demolition and in collaboration with German artist, Rebecca Trost and Norwegian artist/animator, Lise Inger Hansen, combined real-time and animated footage.
In ‘Here after’ objects disintegrate before our eyes, as though being eaten by some strange virus or invisible entity. The contents of a room disappear as the carpet beneath them is sucked into a void below. Wind haunts the empty spaces, stirring the curtains on an open window, or the wallpaper which barely clings to the damp wall. This movement is contrasted by the stillness of an undressed bed, a rectangle of light from outside creeping over its surface, pausing as if resting one last time before moving off again. Mattresses fall vertically, and on making contact with the floor, seem to leap up playfully now that they have the free run of the vacated rooms. The barrier between the interior and exterior is no longer intact, and nature encroaches – water dripping down walls, advancing slowly over floors, spilling dangerously from light-fittings. Light spills in too, but rather than hopeful illumination, its presence is menacing, evoking a sense of time passing too quickly, bringing premature decay.

Medium16mm and Super 8 film transferred to video, black and white
Duration13 min
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2005
EditionEdition 1/5
Item NumberIMMA.1820
Not on view
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Inger Lise Hansen, Patrick Jolley, Rebecca Trost, Here after, 2004, 16mm and Super 8 film transferred to video, black and white, Duration: 13 min, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2005

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Patrick Jolley

Patrick Jolley 1964–2012

Irish artist Patrick Jolley studied fine art at the National College of Art and Design. He took part in the Artist’s Residency Programme at IMMA in 1998, followed by a PS1 residency in New York, when Jolley began to work in film. From that time he worked both collaboratively and independently to produce significant film installations. Jolley’s work was included in many national and international exhibitions. He was selected for the São Paulo Biennial in 2012. — View Artist »