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Ruaidhri ryan
Modern Props
Experimental fiction | hdv | color | 9'30'' | Ireland / United Kingdom | 2017
“Modern Props” joins a pair of actors as they shop for furnishings and objects to decorate their characters’ new home. The department store, in which they shop, is in fact a TV and Film props warehouse; the objects are devoid of their original function, existing only to be photographed. As the couple traverses a multitude of environments; ancient Greek, British colonial, medieval, they begin to experience aesthetic disharmony. Conflicts around etymology, authenticity and concepts of perfection abrade at the relationship until eventually our couple breakup.
Approaching film from an art background, Ruaidhri entertains a distinctly humorous view on hyper-real, self-aware constructs, perpetually chasing a notion of authenticity that does not exist. Often disclosing methods of production and combining the sincere with the ironic, Ruaidhri continues to develop conceptually driven, narrative films for gallery and film festival exhibition.