This place always used to be filled with creative life but today that is almost a thing of the past. ‘Mabos’, a Dublin art space in which devoted hobby artists have been enjoying life for three years, has to close its doors. But it doesn’t shut without a last testament: Marius Dalseg, a media and TV techniques student from Griffith College, documented the preparations for the unusual place’s last exhibition.
In his seven-minute film named after the exhibition’s title ‘End of the Line’, Marius shows the Dublin-based artists who once found their home in Mabos making the space ready for the final event. And he also displays the work of specific artists. One of them is Zhan Sergejev, a young man of Russian descent who creates impressive pictures burned into wooden boards. To portray him in the right light, Marius came up with something very special: ‘In advance of the filming I went to Ikea and bought a set of circular mirrors,’ the Norwegian-based abroad student reports. ‘Then I brought them down to Mabos along with a huge spotlight to shine to point at the first mirror. Next thing to do was to align the mirrors so that the light beam went back and forth through the room illuminating the space and making sure we could see Zhan who was standing in the middle of the room sanding down a skateboard and getting it ready for wood burning.’
With this visual trick Marius Dalseg managed to bring off a surreal atmosphere – congenial to the artful flair of the facilities.But it is not only the visual factor that composes the short documentation. Statements of several protagonists like the head of Mabos, Dave Smith, lead through the piece and inform the viewer about the sad story of an ending era.
Does anything ever truly end? That is the question Mabos artists were asking themselves in their call for submissions for the exhibition focusing on projection mapping and digital art – their last event at Hanover Quay 8, and possibly their last event ever unless they succeed in their hunt for a new and better venue. At the event they were working with projected lights creating tiny bits of information like pieces in a puzzle. ‘You had to take a step back to know what was created,’ says Marius who captured the extraordinary impressions.
For the 24-year-old student the work with Mabos was a matter of the heart since he immediately had been fascinated by its story: ‘A dusted warehouse turned into one of Dublin’s most interesting buildings by a number of determined and creative minds – it felt amazing to meet and join in for their transformation. Hopefully they’ll find a new place and grow even bigger.’