A documentary about the intervention DAEDAL(US), in Dublin, Ireland, 2003
Intervention and Installation
20 still image projections variable dimensions. 15 colour photographs - 65 cm x 53 cm. 15 diasec-mounted colour photographs – 108 cm x 80 cm.
In November 2003 Esther Shalev-Gerz developed Daedul(us) a night-time labyrinthine journey through Dublin's North East Inner City an historic neighbourhood of deprivation then on the brink of regeneration.
Conceiving of Daedul(us) as fundamentally dependant on the participation of the neighbourhood’s citizens Shalev-Gerz negotiated with householders to house vast projectors, others to host projected images on the facades of their buildings and then others to agree to their homes or business properties being photographed.
For the first week twenty images were projected as black and white and in the second week filtered red. Visibly layered onto one another - the facades of stores and houses would reappear, projected unexpectedly and slightly distanced from their original site. An image of one wall was superimposed on a surface elsewhere and part of one street turned up in another.
The projected route of Daedal(us) remained unfixed: changing periodically and requiring visitors to find other ways through a shifting labyrinth. In a district that is undergoing rapid transformation and regeneration, the wandering, remembering, and reclaiming may produce new kinds of mazes-like journeys and future memories. Once the displaced and relocated sites were recognised, reclaimed and re-affirmed, then the work of confrontation, identification and re-appropriation may begin.
Taking its name from the maker of the maze in Greek mythology to whom James Joyce also referred in his novel Ulysses in which Stephen Daedalus wandered so that Joyce, living abroad, might remember and be re-familiarised with his hometown. Shalev-Gerz’s work provided an opportunity for viewers to again wander some of the same streets and to also (re)familiarise themselves with Dublin’s North East Inner City.