On 28 April 1916, five days into Ireland’s Easter Rising, 15 civilian men were executed in house-to-house raids by British soldiers on a single street in Dublin, Ireland. An intense, immersive blend of theatre, dance and visual art, These Rooms tells two stories: those of the civilians who were victims of and witnesses to the North King Street Massacre, and those of the men of the South Staffordshire Regiment of the British Army who committed this act – their identities largely anonymous, their actions controversially exonerated at a military enquiry. Created by two of Ireland’s most original performance companies, ANU and CoisCéim Dance Theatre These Rooms had a number of creative outputs including live performances and visual art exhibitions.
Visual artist and designer Owen Boss will talk about his practice as part of ANU Productions with specific focus on These Rooms (Dublin 2016) and (London 2018).
Owen Boss is a Dublin based artist and designer that utilises installation, video and collaboration within his practice. His work is generally located off-site as large-scale multi-room installations. In 2009 he established ANU alongside theatre maker Louise Lowe. ANU is committed to an interdisciplinary approach to performance and installation that cross-pollinates visual art, theatre and dance.
Recent works include Beyond These Rooms at Tate Liverpool and National Museum of Ireland. Intersection at the Lab Gallery, Dublin, Faultline at Dublin Theatre Festival, Scrapefoot at the Ark, Dublin and The Anvil at Manchester International Festival.