Still from Developers by Alice Lyons & Orla Mc Hardy
2 channel installation, HD video & digital animation, live poetry reading, dimensions variable,
2011-2014


Developers was made in rural Ireland in the midst of the various guises of economic crisis: ‘boom’,
‘crash’ and ‘austerity’. The work presents both a live poetry reading and a film screening performed
simultaneously. Both the text and moving images focus on the village of Cootehall, County
Roscommon (Lyons’s home for fifteen years), where hundreds of holiday homes were built and
then stood empty for years and became known as ‘ghost estates’. The poems capture voices of the
locality: migrant workers, homeowners, blow-ins, entrepreneurs, media commentators. The camera finds
up-close and distant views of the village in all weathers. Using tropes and devices that reflect the development
of contemporary rural society, Developers strives to portray what is often difficult to decipher or goes unseen.


Credits
Writer/director: Alice Lyons
Art direction/animation: Orla Mc Hardy
Director of photography: Kate McCullough
Additional photography: Orla Mc Hardy
Editing: Orla Mc Hardy & Alice Lyons
Sound: Orla Mc Hardy, Justin Spooner,
Natalia Beylis, Willie Stewart
Production: Linda Shevlin, Colin McKeown
Camera assistants: Éanna de Buis, Aidan Maguire
Lighting: Colum O’Dwyer
Mirror wrangling: Nerijus Zutautas, J.J. Zilvinas Zutautas
Featuring: Gerry Bambrick, Michael Henry,
Hubert Higgins, Cootehall,
County Roscommon


Funded by a Film Project Award, the Arts Council


Exhibitions
Developers, w/Alice Lyons, Roscommon Arts Centre, Boyle, Ireland
Curated by Linda Shevlin


Live performances
Developers, w/Alice Lyons - Video Installation with live poetry performance, Kings House, Boyle, Ireland, 2014
Developers, w/Alice Lyons - Video Installation with live poetry performance, Oslopoesi International Poetry Festival, Oslo, Norway, 2013