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.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Found in the Place of Origin: MA:AP End of Year Exhibition

Since February, Vicky Langan and I have been on the MA:AP (Masters in Art & Process) course at Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork. Along with six other artists, we will be presenting new work as part of the upcoming end of year exhibition 'Found in the Place of Origin'. This opens on November 24th and runs until December 9th. For full details, visit our event page. And for a taste of what's been going on, check out our Instagram page.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Film Panic Presents TRAILERS + EFS Shorts

A programme of EFS shorts followed by Rouzbeh Rashidi's feature Trailers will play @ Maus Hábitos – Espaço de Intervenção Cultural, Porto on Wednesday 16th November 2016. These screenings have been programmed by FILM PANIC (Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais) in association with Shortcutz Porto, all screenings will take place at Maus Hábitos in Porto, Portugal.

More info theundergroundfilmstudio.co.uk

Pitpony (2014) By Jason Marsh / 3:30 Minutes /  U.K
Sumpf (2015) By Jann Clavadetscher  / 6 Minutes /  Switzerland-Ireland
Funnel Web Family (2013) By Michael Higgins / 13 Minutes / Ireland
Cut To The Chase (2015) By Dean Kavanagh / 11 Minutes / Ireland
Clandestine (2015) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / 15 Minutes / Estonia-Ireland
Brine Twice Daily (2015) By Maximilian Le Cain/Vicky Langan / 20 Minutes / Ireland

Friday, November 11, 2016

Farewell Leonard...

...you've provided the several soundtracks to my several lives. And you're irreplaceable.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Farewell Roul Coutard...

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Béla Tarr in Iran

Waiting for the Prince, the interview Fergus Daly and I conducted with the great Béla Tarr way back in 2001, has been translated and reprinted in Iran in the book Béla Tarr By Béla Tarr, edited by Ayeen Forootan.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Coming soon! Langan/Le Cain's IN THE PLACE OF ORIGIN (2016)

Friday, November 04, 2016


A large number of my short pieces have recently been uploaded to the amazing and ever-growing Experimental Film Society Vimeo page. I'm especially excited to announce the first online release of my 2013 collaboration with Vicky Langan, Tangled And Far.