Single-channel high-definition colour video with sound. Dimensions 1920 x 1080. Duration 06 minutes 34 seconds. (2011)
Filmed in and around Cushendall, County Antrim
Curfew Running takes place in Cushendall. A figure runs on and off screen taking us through the North Antrim landscape. The action of running is a physical negotiation motivated by a concern with psychologies of space. Conversely it is the negative emotion of fear of certain urban/suburban spaces, like alleyways, underground carparks, deserted streets and the Lagan towpath that motivated the running in Cushendall. The towpath winds along the River Lagan through areas of natural beauty in South Belfast and should be the runner’s paradise if not for the fear that the space also presents to the lone female. An awareness that fear of the space may be irrational does not counteract the psychology created by it. The desire to run in beautiful surroundings is only fulfilled in the rural space around Cushendall. The use of wide-angled shots for filming this landscape is a formal negotiation that extends a concern with a particular mode of representing the Irish landscape in film and export imagery for tourism; images that are nostalgic about Ireland. The static camera and wide-angle shots create images that are comfortably familiar and provide the lone female runner with a space to run and an alternative psychology.