Kevin Gaffney




Far from the reach of the sun

A Numbness in the Mouth

The mirror is dark and inky

Our Stranded Friends in Distant Lands

Everything Disappears

Seeing Colours in an Oil Slick

The Moonless Ocean

Being In the Twofold World


An Oral Fixation

The Unnameable



Bio & CV







Everything Disappears, excerpt. Original duration: 15mins 59sec, Mandarin with English Subtitles, 2014.



Everything Disappears was filmed in Taipei and explores self-image, identity and relationships across intimate portraits, cityscapes and staged scenes. I worked closely with the four participants (Revanshu, William Hsu, Lucie Chen & Issac Tsai) in creating the performances, with some scenes being formulated together in a collaborative process. The resulting film acts as a reflection on our relationships, while also capturing their gradual transformation from participant-to-character on screen.

The film unfolds across seven chapters: (i) Everything Disappears, (ii) I Grip Tightly to the Sand, (iii) An Exercise in Forgetting, (iv) The Elephant on the Roof, (v) They are Known by Many Names, (vi) The Ghost Ship, and (vii) The Closed Eyes of a Stranger. Each chapter has its own subset of concerns, with the centre of the film- The Elephant on the Roof- being a real account of an unseen fifth participant’s life, narrated by a voice actor. He speaks of his stay in a psychiatric hospital in order to escape compulsory military conscription, and the need to perform his mental illness in order for the doctors to assess him. In the other chapters, the dialogue moves between opaque rhyming verse, revealing thoughts, analogies and unforgiving inner voices.




Solo exhibition at Millennium Court Arts Centre, Northern Ireland, December 2016- January 2017.


Installation at 'Other Forms of Relations,' MMCA Residency Changdong, Seoul, South Korea. 14th November- 7th December 2014.


Installation of Korean translation of Everything Disappears at 'Other Forms of Relations,' MMCA Residency Changdong, Seoul, South Korea. 14th November- 7th December 2014.


Installation at 'The Numbers Station,' Ulster University Art Gallery, Belfast School of Art, February 2015.

Read an article by Kevin Gaffney in Visual Artists Ireland news-sheet about the making of the film here:


Everything Disappears was created on residency at the Taipei Artist Village, and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Film Project Award. Post-production was supported by the Fire Station Artist Studio's Digital Media Award.

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