Documentary map-making and film-making in Pat Collins’s Tim Robinson: Connemara
in Unfolding Irish landscapes
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Derek Gladwin investigates how Collins, who is considered one of the most articulate contemporary documentary film-makers in Ireland, depicts Robinson as a mediator between landscape and culture through his own mapping enterprise. Gladwin suggests that Collins and Robinson share a similar desire in their own forms of documentation to examine the subject of Connemara in order to create a place-based art form that magnifies the landscape while reducing the primacy of the ‘maker’ in the process. Gladwin argues that Collins’s film Tim Robinson: Connemara is not only a documentary about the cultural imagination associated with Robinson’s production of map-making and topographic writing, but also about his process of capturing the essence of place, a process that comes back full circle to Collins primary aim in the documentary.

Unfolding Irish landscapes

Tim Robinson, culture and environment

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