Thursday, December 08, 2016

EFS @ Berlin Experimental Film Festival

There will be a strong Experimental Film Society presence in the first edition of the Berlin Experimental Film Festival (December 17-18). The official selection features films by Rouzbeh Rashidi, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Michael Higgins, Jann Clavadetscher and me as well as a live performance by Vicky Langan.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Light / Sound

A huge thank you to all who helped make the Light/Sound event such a good one, especially the participants - as depicted above: Mick O'Shea, Rouzbeh Rashidi, Paul Hegarty, Karen Power, Vicky Langan, Atoosa Pour Hosseini and your sincerely. Photography by Natasha Bourke.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

IN THE PLACE OF ORIGIN @ Light / Sound Tomorrow

In the Place of Origin, the latest Langan / Le Cain collaboration, will have its premiere projection tomorrow night as part of the event Light / Sound: Sound and Moving Image Explored Through Screening, Performance and Discussion. Full details here.

In the Place of Origin navigates a delicate flow between apparently opposite states: self and other, human and non-human, interior and exterior, construction and dispersion. The uncertain limits of the human body gauge the tensions between elements of the material world that pass as strangers but not without reflecting each other in surprising and unsettling ways, stitched and un-stitched by the breath of the wind.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

LIGHT / SOUND: Film/Discussion/Perfromance Event This Wednesday

Light / Sound:
Sound and Moving Image Explored Through Screening, Performance and Discussion

Wednesday November 30th, 7pm
Sample­ Studios Auditorium, 3rd Floor, 10­19 Sullivan’s Quay, Cork
This is a free event.

Light / Sound is part of Removed From The Place of Origin, a series of events programmed by MA Art & Proccess students at the Crawford College of Art and Design to run concurrently with the end of year exhibition.

2016 MA students Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain draw on their longstanding collaboration both as artists and curators to explore the relationship between their original creative fields, experimental sound and moving image respectively, and the nature of collaboration itself.

The evening will feature:

- The premiere projection of the Langan / Le Cain film In The Place Of Origin.

- A panel talk with author/noise musician Paul Hegarty, experimental filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi, and composer Karen Power.

- A live film performance by visual artist Atoosa Pour Hosseini and sound artist Mick O’Shea.

Crossovers between sound and film will be discussed and performed by participants who have all collaborated across these disciplines. Live sound with moving image, unconventional soundscapes in experimental film, and sound in the context of gallery-based video will be among the approaches broached in this cross-disciplinary dialogue.

Atoosa Pour Hosseini is an artist based in Dublin. Her work, which is influenced by historical avant-garde cinema, explores questions about illusion, reality, and perception through the media of drawing, painting, sculpture and film. Mick O’Shea has been instrumental in establishing a vibrant and growing sound art scene in Cork city. His mediums include sculpture, drawing, sound and cooking.

Paul Hegarty is a noise musician, head of UCC’s French Department, and author of a number of books on noise, sound art, music history, sound and society, and philosophy. Rouzbeh Rashidi is a driving force in Irish experimental film. As well as being a prolific filmmaker, he is founder and head of the Experimental Film Society collective. Karen Power is a composer, improviser and academic whose installation work and interest in field recordings has taken her music across many genres and art mediums. She specializes in using environmental and everyday sounds as catalysts for constructing new soundworlds.

Sound/performance artist Vicky Langan and experimental filmmaker Maximilian Le Cain work together in an audio-visual partnership built on the strikingly fitting match between Langan’s troublingly intense presence as a performer and Le Cain’s distinctively jarring visual rhythms. They also co-curated Black Sun, Cork's regular weirdo / outer limits music / film event, between 2009 and 2013.

The MA:AP end of year exhibition, held in the MA:AP studio adjacent to Sample Studios Auditorium, will close at the later-than-usual time of 7pm on November 30th.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

New Langan/Le Cain Work in Exhibition

Tomorrow,  In The Place of Origin, a new film by Vicky Langan and me, will go on display as part of the CIT Crawford College of Art & Design Art & Process MA end of year exhibition. The show opens tomorrow at 6pm and runs until December 9th. For full details, visit the event page. And for a taste of what's been going on, check out our Instagram page.

Watch this space for information about the film's first public projection...

Monday, November 21, 2016

It's the Truth!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

SCORPION'S STONE Episodes 1 & 2 @ MA:AP Exhibition

The two episodes of Scorpion's Stone completed so far will receive their first public presentation as part of the MA:AP end of year exhibition opening this Thursday night and running until December 9th.

Scorpion's Stone is a series that I've been working on throughout the year and developing as part of my MA practice and research. Production of further episodes will continue throughout 2017.

The two pieces in the exhibition, Scorpion's Stone: Castaway and Scorpion's Stone: Maurice's Room, combine various legacy film and video formats. Fragmentation is central to these works, which intercut scenes that hint at stories with more abstract passages suggesting discarded footage. Each sequence becomes an ambivalent encounter between the fading meaning it was conceived to convey and newly apparent qualities foregrounded by its reconfiguration. Cinema is treated as an interface between this world and the next. As investigators, including a ghost hunter, try to unravel the secrets of a mysterious and presumably dead recluse called Maurice, famous gangster Dutch Schultz remains trapped in limbo after his murder. And the world's littlest hunter explores the strange planet she has been washed up on...

Starring John McCarthy, Ed Cashman, Sionnach Langan, Lisa Freeman, and Rouzbeh Rashidi as Dutch Schultz.