Saturday, September 23, 2017

Langan / Le Cain in Tulca 2017


I'm delighted to announce that Vicky Langan and I were invited to make a new feature-length film for Tulca Festival of Visual Arts 2017. More on the film coming soon...
They Call Us The Screamers 3 November – 19 November 2017
TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Galway, Ireland
The 15th edition of TULCA Festival of Visual Art – titled They Call Us The Screamers – features artworks by Irish and international artists that are presented across six venues: Galway Arts Centre, 126 Artist Run Gallery, Nun’s Island Theatre, Connacht Tribune Print Works, Barnacles Hostel, and University Hospital Galway. The participating artists are: Fabienne Audeoud, Sam Basu and Liz Murray, Kian Benson Bailes, David Beattie, Oisin Byrne, Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain, Liz Magic Laser, McGibbon O’Lynn, Yvette Monahan, Yoko Ono, Plastique Fantastique, Richard Proffitt, Bob Quinn, Florian Roithmayr (with Meredith Monk), Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen and Marie-Louise Vittrup Andersen, Lucy Stein
The exhibition takes its reference from a book written by Jenny James, published by Caliban Books in 1980. The book is an account of Atlantis, the commune she established a few years earlier in the Gaeltacht village of Burtonport, County Donegal – promoting an approach of de-programming from the modern world through therapeutic self-development and environmental self-sufficiency.  The book is also a response to the controversies and scandals that embroiled the commune during their first years in Ireland, following accusations of cultish behaviour, kidnapping, and physical abuse. The members of the commune were collectively nicknamed ‘The Screamers’ in a 1976 Sunday World article, referring to their practice of primal scream therapy – an adapted form of psychotherapy developed by Dr Arthur Janov that sought to re-enact the traumas of modern upbringing and thereby reverse the neurosis that follows in later life.
They Call Us The Screamers provides the title and thematic compass for the exhibition, with artworks that are orientated to ideas held together by the historical episode. They include ideas of withdrawal and selfhood (Lucy Stein, Liz Magic Laser, Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, Richard Proffitt); autonomy and self-sufficiency (Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen & Marie-Louise Vittrup Andersen, David Beattie, Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Yvette Monahan); voice and neurosis (Florian Roithmayr, Yoko Ono, Fabienne Audeoud); future culture and community (Kian Benson Bailes, Plastique Fantastique, Sam Basu & Liz Murray, McGibbon O’Lynn, Oisin Byrne). The exhibition also features Bob Quinn’s The Family (1979) – a documentary film on Atlantis that was originally banned by the national broadcast network RTE Television, deemed too disturbing for Irish audiences at the time.
A publication designed by Alex Synge / The First 47 wll be available at all venues. In addition to curatorial texts by Matt Packer, the publication includes three newly commissioned texts by Sue Rainsford that sound the primal scream through the narrative forms of lyric essay, transcription, and testimony.
They Call Us The Screamers is an exhibition that does not aim to illustrate Atlantis in Ireland, nor attempt to redress their controversy. Instead, the story gives way to a broader framework of practice-related ideas that develop from the countercultural psychology of the 1970s, seeking to reclaim an alternative future for self and society in today’s perspective.
Curated by: Matt Packer
Opening Events:
Friday 3rd November:
18:00: Performance by Plastique Fantastique, Nun’s Island Theatre
19:00: Official opening, Connacht Tribune Print Works
: 21:00: After Party: Electric
Saturday 4th November:
13:00: Performance by Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain, GAC
14:00: Performance by Plastique Fantastique, Nun’s Island Theatre

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Arkady Feed @ MExIndex


Arkady Feed, my 2013 collaboration with Paul Hegarty, will screen this Wednesday September 13th at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, as part of this event:

Cityscapes: The ruins of the present
Studio 6 TBSG 6.30 pm, 13 September 2017.

A screening of Irish and Turkish works, followed by an informal discussion and reception at Studio next Wednesday 13 September at 6.30 pm, in Studio 6 Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar, Dublin. MExIndex curator-in-resident Rana Öztürk will present a selection of Irish and Turkish films with her unique knowledge and experience of contemporary art and urban contexts in Dublin and Istanbul, having lived in both cities. The selection will explore the change and flux of cities as a result of their constant destruction and reconstruction due to changing infrastructural requirements, commercial imperatives and government policies.

It aims to highlight the resulting challenges and possible gains to urban environment and how that affects inhabitants and their surroundings as well as the individual and the collective memory of urban landscapes.

This is a selection of films that look at urban landscapes as sites of constant transformation, shifting grounds of contemporary life that is increasingly concentrated in cities across the globe.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

EFS @ Kino Klub Split, Croatia


A programme of Experimental Film Society will play @ Kino Klub Split tomorrow, Friday 8th September at 20:30, Ulica Slobode 28, 21000 Split, Croatia.

It will include Lullaby, made with Vicky Langan, and Night Regulation. Full info HERE

Thursday, August 31, 2017

SELF-DECAPITATION in Scalarama, Bristol

Self Decapitation, the recent collaborative Rashidi/Le Cain feature, has been programmed by Seventyseven Film Club to play as part of the Bristol edition of Scalarama, a month long UK festival. See if you can spot the shot from our film in their gloriously funky trailer!

Screening details here.   

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Langan/Le Cain in Film Ireland


Seamas McSwiney has taken to the pages of Film Ireland to make note of the wonderfully well attended and received screening of Langan/Le Cain films at the Centre Culturel Irlandais (CCI), Paris, last Monday. (He's also responsible for the above photo...) A big thank you to him, to the diverse and interesting audience that packed the space in spite of the great heat that evening, and most of all to the CCI itself. 

The screening was the culmination of a month long residency Vicky and I had been granted at the CCI. It proved to be an exceptionally rich and productive four weeks. The next few months are set to be packed with screening and performance activity from us. This kicks off with Wilderness Notes, screening this Friday and Saturday in Dublin...

Friday, August 25, 2017

CCI Paris: Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain Screening


This from the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris:

Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain will conclude their month-long residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais (CCI), Paris, with a screening and discussion of their moving image work on Monday August 28th at 7.30pm in the CCI. Langan and Le Cain will show three of their short films and talk about the work they have been engaged in while in Paris.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/144503522806829/
Reservation: reservations@centreculturelirlandais.com

Photograph by Seamas McSwiney.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

CCI Residency Begins

Vicky Langan and I are on day three of a month-long residency at the beautiful Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris.  Already swept up in exploring the city and working on a number of projects: shooting a new short film as well as further work on the ongoing Scorpion's Stone series, plus devising a new event to take place after our return to Ireland...