Wednesday, October 30, 2013


The Mongolian Barbecue (2009) will be screened at the Irish Film Institute as part of a programme called 'Absences and (Im)possibilities' presented by the Experimental Film Club and the IFI, Dublin, on Tuesday November 12th and 6.30pm.

Here's their blurb:

IFI and EFC present the launch of Absences and (Im)Possibilities a programme of Irish Experimental Film works commissioned by IFI International, and curated by Esperanza Collado, Aoife Desmond, Donal Foreman and Alan Lambert. The programme features a selection of films from 1897 to 2011, chosen for their relation to the possibility of an Irish experimental cinema. Filmmakers include the Lumiére brothers, Samuel Beckett, Vivienne Dick, Clare Langan, Maximilian Le Cain and Dónal Ó Céilleachair.

IFI International is the Irish film programming service for international exhibitors, funded by Culture Ireland. Absences and (Im) Possibilities will screen internationally through this initiative.

Sackville Street, Lumière Brothers, 1897, 1 min; Film, Samuel Beckett, 1964, 21 mins; Guerrillere Talks, Vivienne Dick, 1978, 24 mins; Glass Hour, Clare Langan, 2002, 8 mins; Mongolian Barbecue, Maximilian Le Cain, 2009, 11 mins, With Wind & White Cloud, Dónal Ó Céilleachair, 2005, 5 mins

Monday, October 28, 2013

Forbidden Symmetries

Coming in 2014: Forbidden Symmetries, a collaborative feature film by Dean Kavanagh, Rouzbeh Rashidi and me. Watch this space for updates.

Friday, October 18, 2013

New Work This Sunday

Arkady Feed, a new video exploring the forlorn yet strangely resilient and always evocative post-industrial terrain of Cork's docklands, will prmiere this Sunday as part of Sessound 2013. This is a collaboration betwen my images and Paul Hegarty's vivid sounds, the fruit of our wanderings in that part of town.

Seesound 2013 will also feature Nothing Jumps Out At Me, an immersive flickering installation by John Godfrey and me that expands on (and, simply, expands) our single-channel work of the same title that screened at last year's Seesound. It's not just because visitors are requested to wear blindfolds that it could be described as a 'trip' hazard!

For full details of Sessound 2013, please click here.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Seesound 2013 Update

Delighted to announce that Seesound 2013 will also include two brand new monitor loops by Jann Clavadetscher and Dean Kavanagh. The stills above are from Dean's piece and, having had a preview of it last night, I can promise that it's intense.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Seesound 2013 Lineup

What are the four Experimental Film Society members pictured above (Rouzbeh Rashidi, meself, Dean Kavanagh, Jann Clavadetscher) on residency at The Guesthouse looking so grimly pensive about? One would like to assume that we're all giving serious thought to our contributions to this Sunday's Seesound event, a day of screenings, performances and exhibitions taking place at Cork Film Centre Gallery.

The programme for the day has now been decided:

12.30-2.30: Strange Attractor and Atoosa Pour Hosseini

3.00-4.15: Screening of Experimental Film Society short films programmed and introduced by Rouzbeh Rashidi

4.30-5.00: Karen Power and Michael Higgins

5.10-5.20: Vicky Langan and Dean Kavanagh

5.25-5.40: Paul Hegarty and Maximilian Le Cain

5.50-6.30: Jann Clavadetscher

And, running in the gallery from 2.30 to 6.30, an installation by John Godfrey and Maximilian Le Cain.

For full details, please visit:

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Seesound & Other Current EFS Adventures

At the moment, The Guesthouse arts space in Cork is positively swarming with Experimental Film Society members and activity, thanks to my having been kindly invited to curate residencies there for this month, as well as this year's edition of Seesound, The Guesthouse's annual day of sound/moving image collaboration. The Guesthouse has, of course, long been a staunch and much appreciated supporter of the EFS, having hosted numerous residencies and screenings for several of its members and associates over the years.

In addition to Seesound, the first 100 episodes of Rouzbeh Rashidi's Homo Sapiens Project will be screened at The Guesthouse over four days next week, running between 1pm and 7pm on the afternoons of the 16th-19th as part of the IndieCork Festival. These screenings are free of charge- just show up and watch as much as you want.

And, now, the Seesound blurb... A detailed schedule of the days events will follow shortly.

Cork Film Centre Gallery and The Guesthouse present Seesound 2013, a day of film/sound screenings, performances and installations by Experimental Film Society and friends, in association with IndieCork.

Sun Oct 20th, 12.30 - 6.30pm,
Cork Film Centre Gallery, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Initiated by The Guesthouse, Seesound is a unique artist-led initiative that enables sound artists, musicians and moving image-makers to form new collaborations to explore the effective relationship between sound and image. The 2013 edition, taking place on October 20th as part of the IndieCork Festival, is a collaboration between Experimental Film Society, The Guesthouse and Cork Film Centre, which will take the form of a day of screenings, performances and installations. This year, the venue for Seesound will be Cork Film Centre Gallery in Ballincollig, Co. Cork.

Experimental Film Society is an independent, not-for-profit entity specialising in avant-garde no/low budget filmmaking. It was founded in 2000 by filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi with the aim of producing and promoting films by its members. Experimental Film Society unites works by a dozen filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema. During October 2013, several EFS filmmakers are on a month-long residency at The Guesthouse. Seesound 2013 will be the culmination of this residency. It will feature EFS films, and performance collaborations between Experimental Film Society members and Cork-based sound artists and musicians.

The lineup includes:

Expanded cinema performance by Jann Clavadetscher

Live sound/moving image performances by
Atoosa Pour Hosseini and Strange Attractor
Michael Higgins and Karen Power

New collaborative works by
Dean Kavangah and Vicky Langan
Maximilian Le Cain and Paul Hegarty

A programme of EFS shorts curated by Rouzbeh Rashidi, featuring films by Bahar Samadi, Jason Marsh, Kamyar Kordestani and Hamid Shams Javi

An installation by
Maximilian Le Cain and John Godfrey

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Love Songs, Cinema Cyanide Style

Love Songs, a new selection of recordings by Cinema Cyanide, is now online.

Cinema Cyanide is a noise project by Rouzbeh Rashidi, Dean Kavanagh and me.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Experimental Conversations Issue 12 Online

The Autumn 2013 edition of Experimental Conversations, Cork Film Centre’s online journal of experimental film, art cinema and video art, is now online.

This issue features Fergus Daly on Allen Baron’s neglected noir classic Blast of Silence, Chris O’Neill on Brian De Palma’s controversial Passion, Gianluca Pulsoni on Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricchi Lucchi, Phillina Sun on Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, James Devereaux on his experiences of acting in experimental film, and David Brancaleone on Cesare Zavattini’s film testament La Veritáaaa!. We also conclude our extensive survey of contemporary Thai alternative cinema. In the review section: James Fotopoulos, Alan Lambert, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Jim Van Bebber and recent indie triumphs Kelly + Victor and Breathe In.