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CityLoops - Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly

The Paris based artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly met the sixth class children of St Mary’s School on Greenhills Road, Tallaght on Wednesday 28th February 2007. This meeting was the initial workshop for one element of their overall project, entitled CityLoops.

CityLoops is concerned with everyday movement in the city. The project focuses on those journeys that an individual might make repeatedly over a long period of time (to work, to school...). However complex their movements are,one can assume they will always make a loop that begins and ends at home, and each journey will be a variation of a pattern that is etched into their memory by countless repetition. We all have our own ‘cityloop’, our own fingerprint on the city, and no two are quite the same. Focusing on a simple everyday activity that everyone can identify with allows us to touch upon the real poetry of living in the city. Equaling an earlier art project - The Boulevard Project, in scope and complexity, CityLoops is the second chapter of a contemporary tale of two cities. In Dublin, people are spending an ever greater part of their day trying to get around. Many Dubliners consider this part of their life as a sort of limbo, or worse, as a battleground. CityLoops explores this part of the everyday that belongs both to the public. Anne and Denis are currently working with a large cross-section of the urban community, meeting people of all ages and backgrounds to construct a major artwork that is both personal and universal. realm and to the intimate life of each and every Dubliner. The project invites Dubliners to look at their city as an entity that is formed by collective movement; to consider the significant part of their own lives that is devoted to getting around, and the problems, qualities and potentials of that time.

They have identified 3 strategies for exploring CityLoops in South Dublin County, each of which is documented on this site. Luas Carol : A multi-screen video/sound installation, inspired by Dublin's new LUAS tramway, in collaboration with the Paris based sound artists Jean-Philippe Renoult and Dinahbird. The Life of Saint Mary : A participative video art project with the sixth class students of Saint Mary’s Community School in Tallaght. This project will be followed by a further collaborative school project in the Autumn of 2007. CityLoops 1 - 15 : A series of short films. Dubliners walk and talk, recollecting details of an everyday journey. To date we have recorded the CityLoops of 15 Dubliners from all walks of life. More on the Artists :

Both Anne and Denis studied architecture in Dublin in the 1980’s and moved to Paris in 1990, where they have lived and worked ever since. They abandoned architectural practice early, however, and turned their attention to the moving image.



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