Friday, June 29, 2012

New Work

Two new things to look at completed today:

Money Spent At Night is another Super-8 piece, with sound (or noise) on audio tape and no digital presentation or even transfer allowed. It's denser, less schematic than my previous efforts in this form.

Ordinary Video 3 is the latest in my occasional series of very short video sketches started at the end of last year. The usual themes: light/sound/cinema... The real sun stars as an artificial sun and John McCarthy bears witness. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Persistencies of Sadness & Still Days, the four hour feature film by Rouzbeh Rashidi and me, will have its premiere at The Guesthouse, Cork, on Sunday July 8th at 3pm. This event is part of The Avant Festival.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Jean Rollin Season @ The Triskel, Cork

My little video tribute to the great Jean Rollin, JR: Dream This in Remembrance of Me, will be screened before Rollin's masterpiece Le Viol du vampire (1968), which I will be presenting as part of a two-day retrospective of the late master's work at Triskel Christchurch Cinema, Cork on July 7th at 9.15 pm.

This five-film retrospective, conceived and programmed by Chris O'Neill, is a fantastic contribution to film culture in Cork. I really can't recommend these superb films, and this whole event, enough.

For a full programme listing and details:

Friday, June 22, 2012

Jeff Keen 1923-2012

The greatest British filmmaker of the past fifty years has passed away...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Adrian Martin on L'ENFANT SECRET

In this video, Adrian Martin shares memories of a screening of Garrel's L'Enfant Secret in Dublin in 2001. That screening- and the two-day conference on Garrel organised by Fergus Daly that was its context- remains a major event in my memory also.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Experimental Conversations Issue 9

Issue 9 of Experimental Conversations, Cork Film Centre's online journal of experimental film, art cinema and video art, which I edit, is now online!

In this issue: Tom McCormack on James Fotopoulos, Fergus Daly on Walker & Walker, Gianluca Pulsoni on Carmelo Bene, Santiago Rubin de Celis on Hiroshi Teshigahara, me on Dean Kavanagh, Don O'Mahony on the 2012 International Film Festival Rotterdam. And the concluding part of David Brancaleone's 'Thin Line Bteween Documenatry and Fiction' and a round of reviews by Chris O'Neill. Plus the first part of a very special extensive overview of contemporary Thai alternative cinema by Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Chayanin Tiangpitayagorn, Jit Phokaew and Kanchat Rangseekansong.

Friday, June 08, 2012


The Last of Deductive Frames will be screened on Friday, 15th June, 7pm at Seomra Spraoi, Dublin as part of their Auntie Underground Cinema screening series.

The Last of Deductive Frames is a collaborative omnibus feature film by members of Experimental Film Society. It is a film that starts but never finishes. Each filmmaker contributed a section to it. The only strict rule is that each segment must last exactly ten minutes.  The Last of Deductive Frames is a living cinematic organism designed to forget its creators as it evolves.

Participating Filmmakers: Michael Higgins, Dean Kavanagh, Maximilian Le Cain, Bahar Samadi, Kamyar Kordestani, Hamid Shams Javi and Rouzbeh Rashidi

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Operation Rewrite Exhibition Stills

Here are some stills by Esperanza Collado of our Operation Rewrite exhibition. This show is still up and running in The Cork Film Centre Gallery, Ballincollig, Co. Cork and will be until June 16th. For details, please visit:

Monday, June 04, 2012

A Spot of Gardening

I've contributed a short text to a publication for Colin Martin's upcoming installation of his video work The Garden, curated by Kate Strain at Broadcast Gallery, Dublin. I'll also be participating in a chat there this Thursday June 7th at 2pm. Details below...

THE GARDEN - a solo presentation by Colin Martin at Broadcast Gallery.

The opening reception will take place at
6pm on Wednesday 6 June 2012, coinciding with the DIT Graduate Show (at Broadcast Gallery, DIT Portland Row, Dublin 1).

An Open Talk will take place at 2pm on Thursday 7 June 2012, featuring Colin Martin, Alice Butler, John Graham, Maximilian le Cain and Kate Strain – for a performative discussion of the project followed by a viewing of the work.

‘The Garden’ consists of a four-channel film installation. Each of the four screens use a different cinematic language to describe the subject - a film production set in a walled garden at night - a paradisical space that is both natural and cultural. It begins with a slow long take that moves continuously through the constructed environment, alternately the other screens look at the same space through varying cinematic languages using close ups, focus pulls and montage.

Four creative practitioners; Alice Butler, John Graham, Maximilian le Cain and Fiona Woods, have been invited to respond with text-based contributions to Martin’s work and the circumstances of its exhibition. This textual platform investigates the work from four different perspectives, mirroring the concerns of the work itself, and in doing so, opening questions around the nature of representation, experience and display. 

The project is curated by Kate Strain as part of the Broadcast Emerging Curator Award 2012.

Saturday, June 02, 2012


Here are some images by Esperanza Collado from our film performance Feather Mirror: