Monday, June 13, 2011


Cubic_Four from Brid O' Donovan on Vimeo.


Cubic_Four_Crumple from Brid O' Donovan on Vimeo.

Georges Quay

Georges Quay from Brid O' Donovan on Vimeo.

A Space Turns on Itself

A Space Turns on Itself from Brid O' Donovan on Vimeo.

Artist Statement (Updated)

My work deconstructs the geometric components of architecture in order to re-construct a physiological structure. Through the use of video projection I sequentially transform this space to add a virtual layer to the tangible space. Casting architecture as protagonist, I aim to encourage the viewer to orientate themselves in the psychological action of the space, through their mental constructions and psychological reactions. My primary focus is the encounter between the presence of architecture and the viewer’s projection of their emotions and perceptions onto it.

Time to Update

There has been a distinct lack of posts recently. I have been up the walls with my end of year show. Over the next few days I hope to update the blog with my most recent work.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Artist Statement

The last time I posted my statement was in November, and it has changed somewhat since then.

My work deconstructs the foundations of a single space in order to construct a new, impossible space. By creating a second, virtual layer to the volume of the physical space I am commenting on the tangibility of reality and space. Through the use of video projection I am controlling the sequential transformation of the space which will hopefully invite the viewer to participate in placing themselves within this space and may lead them to question the origin and reality of what they are looking at. 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Deconstructed Model

When layered upon each other, the spaces left behind from model-making are interesting to look at; they retain powerful components of the negative space of the model. I created this concept digitally in order to project back into the space that the model was based on.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

(UdK Berlin)Extracts of Local Distance - Images

These are the type of images they create.

Click here to view images and videos of their process and here to view the results.

(UdK Berlin) Extracts of Local Distance

Deconstructivism through technology.

"an object is taken apart, decomposed and shaped in a new way."

(taken from the Extracts of Local Distance website)

Countless fragments of existing architectural photography are merged into multilayered shapes. The resulting collages introduce a third abstract point of view next to the original ones of architect and photographer.

Digital scans of analogue architectural photography form tiny pieces of a large resulting puzzle. The original pictures are being analysed and categorised according to their vanishing-points and shapes. Based on this analysis, slices are being extracted from the source image. These slices retain the information of their position corresponding to their original vanishing-point and thus form a large pool of pieces, ready to be applied to new perspectives and shapes.

Using the extracted image segments, it is now possible to form collages of originally different pictures with a new common perspective. In order to compose a collage, a perspective-grid is defined and a lining of matching image segments is being applied. The segments are not altered to match the frame but fitting ones are chosen from the sheer mass of possible pieces. By defining additional keywords which describe the content of the original photographs, the selection of segments used for the final composition can be influenced. Thus a contextual layer is added through the semantic linking with the source material.

The recompositions mix and match the views and perspectives of both the architect and the photographer with a third, newly chosen frame. The resulting fine-art prints are entirely unique each time.

Extracts of Local Distance from STOESELTNTPRO on Vimeo.

Friday, March 4, 2011


I came across their blog today and found it very inspiring. They use this blog as a "creative outlet to test design ideas"

"The focus is on form & space, architectural surfaces, light & shadow."

I particularly like their Kienitzer post...

...their Isocubes post...

...and their Cubrigg2 post.

But go to their blog for more works and also Pieter Van den Dorpe's blog, the man behind R U I M T E R U I S.

Davy and Kristin McGuire

This couple employ an innovative use of sets with projections and video works. They have opened my eyes to the possibilities of layering with programs such as Adobe After Effects and incorporating these with live action.

The Ice Book from Davy and Kristin McGuire on Vimeo.

Compositing Reel from Davy and Kristin McGuire on Vimeo.

Here are links to Davy McGuire and Kristin McGuire's separate websites.

Experimental Use of Projections

My work has begun to change, finally!

Because my work is based around constructing impossible spaces for the viewer to become immersed in, I feel that the use of projection will heighten the intensity of this experience. A space that cannot be touched physically may add to their questioning of the reality and origin what they are looking at.

I have been looking at the work of Pablo Valbuena.

corner study - pablo valbuena from Pablo Valbuena on Vimeo.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Deconstructivist Architecture @ MoMA (1988)

"The projects in this exhibition mark a different sensibility, one in which the dream of pure form has been disturbed. It is the ability to disturb our thinking about form that makes these projects deconstructive. The show examines an episode, a point of intersection between several architects where each constructs an unsettling building by exploiting the hidden potential of modernism."

– Phillip Johnson and Mark Wigley, Excerpts from Deconstructivist Architecture

Press Release:

From the Director Michel Gondry

Some of his music videos and commercials that have inspired me...

Lucas - Lucas with the lid off.

The Chemical Brothers - Let Forever Be

The White Stripes - Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground

Smirnoff - Smarienberg

HP Commercial

From Ovid's Metamorphoses

" Knowledge of the world means dissolving the solidity of the world."

Michel Gondry.

In the next few months I hope to create full-scale installations that will engage the spectator whilst also confusing them. The instability of these installations may connote the mood of the times or perhaps the mental disposition of the viewer. Michel Gondry has always been an inspiration to me, but now it is his set designs that provide another level of possibility in my work.

Here he is on the set of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Articles on Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind, an internationally renowned architect, has recently become influential on my work. From the following images you will understand why...

Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA.

Danish Jewish Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Jewish Museum, Berlin, Germany.

For more information on Studio Daniel Libeskind and his projects go to

Aluminium Maquette.