Thursday, March 31, 2016

Luminous Void at Triskel Project Space

Luminous Void
Experimental Film Society Exhibition at Triskel Project Space
April 7th – May 21st

Luminous Void is a six-week Experimental Film Society exhibition at Triskel Project Space, Cork, that will include an installation by Cinema Cyanide (Rouzbeh Rashidi, Maximilian Le Cain, Dean Kavanagh); a series of short film programmes by EFS members and friends on loop that will change every week; and three live screening/performance events that will emphasise the open, cross-disciplinary definition of ‘cinema’ that EFS explores.

Luminous Void’s programme of short films that sound/performance artist Vicky Langan made in collaboration with Maximilian Le Cain (screening May 5th – 11th) is running concurrently with Triskel’s Deep Focus: Women in Film Festival and will be preceded by a live performance by Langan on May 5th.

This exhibition is made possible with the support of Cork Film Centre.

All events will take place in Triskel Project Space.
Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St, Cork City
Opening hours 10-5, Tuesday-Saturday.

Venerable Brethren
an installation by Cinema Cyanide

A hallucinatory ‘call and response’ between moving image works by frequent collaborators Rouzbeh Rashidi, Dean Kavanagh and Maximilian Le Cain that reconfigure fragments of reality as an outsider’s dream... or nightmare.

Opening Reception and Event:
Films by Atoosa Pour Hosseini (6pm Thursday April 7th)

To celebrate the opening of Luminous Void, Atoosa Pour Hosseini will present three of her recent, perceptually intense moving image works. Pour Hosseini is a Dublin-based artist whose work is influenced by the historic avant-garde cinema, alternative art and extends across drawing, painting, sculpture and film. Her films Mirage (2015), Oasis (2015) and Clandestine (2015) use a combination of Super-8 elements and digital processes to explore questions around illusion, reality and perception.

Live performance by Vicky Langan /
Screening of Stone Boat Exhausted by Open Night Cinema (8pm Thursday May 5th)

Cork-based artist Vicky Langan will kick off a week of her film work screening on loop with a live performance. Her emotionally charged performances envelop audiences in an often troublingly intense aura of dark intimacy. In opening herself emotionally, she creates rituals that at once embrace the viewers and remain resolutely private. Her practice operates across several fields, chiefly performance, sound, and film.

Stone Boat Exhausted arises from the Open Night Cinema project by filmmaker Michael Higgins and performer Cillian Roche. A totemic walkabout through a single cycle of John Moriarty’s Dreamtime, it is a waking nightmare spawned from the id of Dublin City’s decaying industrial zones.

Closing event:
Damp Access by Maximilian Le Cain with live sound by Trace (Mick O’Shea & Paul Hegarty) + Short film: Nineveh by Emmsen Jafari (8pm Thursday May 19th)

Cork-based EFS member Maximilian Le Cain’s feature Damp Access will get its Irish premiere with a special live accompaniment by sound art duo Trace. Mick O’Shea is a multimedia artist and a director of the Cork Artists Collective. Paul Hegarty is an author, musician, and lecturer in philosophy and visual culture at UCC.

Short Films On Loop:

Rouzbeh Rashidi (April 7th – 13th)

The founder of EFS, Rashidi is widely acclaimed as the most ferocious and radical talent in current Irish underground cinema. HSP 157 (2013) is an installment of his ongoing Homo Sapiens Project film series.

Dean Kavanagh (April 14th – 20th)

Kavanagh's work is intensely visual, creating detailed atmospheres that respond to the interaction between space, time and the human body. Late Hours of the Night (2014) is a typically atmospheric five part film series.

Jann Clavadetscher (April 21st – 27th)

Clavadetscher's practice includes installation, performance, short and feature film projects all conceived within the context of an idea of cinema. His films Sumpf (2015), [Lift] (2015) , Controle No 6 (2015) and Corridor (2016) will be screened.

The Last of Deductive Frames (April 28th – May 4th)

Sections of an ongoing collaborative project by members of EFS in which short films that reflect many of the Society’s formal concerns are put together in an ‘exquisite corpse’ type structure.

Vicky Langan / Maximilian Le Cain (May 5th – 11th)

Since 2010, sound/performance artist Langan and experimental filmmaker Le Cain have worked in a partnership built on the match between Langan’s magnetic, often troublingly intense performance presence and Le Cain’s jarring, disruptive visual rhythms. Their films Light/Sound (2010), Hereunder (2011), Dirt (2012) and Tangled And Far (2013) will be screened.

Anja Mahler (May 12th – 21st)

Mahler's work is situated in the field of time-based art. The essential element of her work is the passage and manipulation of time through the expressive use of moving image technology and the human body. Her new film, This Harmony is an Accident (2016), will be screened.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Jan Němec 1936 - 2016

This year is only three months old and already it is reaping a bitter harvest of some of cinema's greatest talents. Jan Němec is the latest to depart, one of the most brilliant directors to emerge from Eastern Europe in the '60s.

I spent most of the last months of 2015 writing a feature project which I hope to get off the ground over the next couple of years. It is deeply and very specifically informed by Němec's masterpiece debut Diamonds of the Night (1964).

Rest in peace.  

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

aemi presents EFS @ IFI

aemi will be presenting a three-part screening series at the Irish Film Institute curated by Alice Butler and Daniel Fitzpatrick that explores ideas of the collective and collectivism as they relate to contemporary moving image practices. Delighted to announce that the third of these, taking place on May 4th, will consist of works by members Experimental Film Society

From the programme notes:

For the final part of this programme, aemi is proud to present a selection of works by artists and filmmakers from the Experimental Film Society. The programme develops out of a series of conversations with core members of EFS addressing the role of the collective in constructing a productive understanding of what cinema can say and do. There is no single unifying factor connecting the work of individuals associated with the collective but Rouzbeh Rashidi does direct us toward the active possibility of catastrophe and the unknowable. Drawing upon the speculative logic of science fiction, a regular presence in many of the works screening here, cinema is re-articulated as a more heterogeneous space which “can contain all galaxies and forms of life, even ones we can sense but can’t fully comprehend.”

COLLECTIVISM (PART 3) screens at IFI in the evening of May 4th and features a selection of works by members of the Experimental Film Society.

Homo Sapiens Project (161-170), Rouzbeh Rashidi, 17 min; Funnel Web Family, Michael Higgins 14 min, 2013; Controle No 6, Jann Clavadetscher, 13min; Friends with Johnny Kline, Dean Kavanagh, 17 min, 2015; Brine Twice Daily, Max Le Cain and Vicky Langan, 20 min, 2015; Clandestine, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, 15 min, 2015

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

EFS @ Gardunha Fest, Portugal

A programme of Experimental Film Society will play at HISTÉRICO – ASSOCIAÇÃO DE ARTES as part of Gardunha Fest on Saturday 28th May 2016. This programme gives an overview of EFS concerns and aesthetics.

1_ Nineveh (2015)By Émmsen Jafari/ Iran / 10mins
2_Sumpf (2015) By Jann Clavadetscher / Ireland / 6mins
3_Pitpony (2014) By Jason Marsh / UK / 4mins
4_Funnel Web Family (2013) By Michael Higgins / Ireland / 14mins
5_ Cut To The Chase (2015) By Dean Kavanagh / Ireland /10mins
6_Homo Sapiens Project (161-170) (2013) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / Ireland /
7_HSP: Fragment (2015) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / Ireland / 8mins
8_Brine Twice Daily (2015) By Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain / Ireland / 20mins

Total Running Time: 82mins

Address: A Moagem - Cidade do Engenho e das Artes Largo da Estação, 6230-000 Fundão - Portugal
More info HERE & HERE

Friday, March 04, 2016

BRINE TWICE DAILY @ Sample Studios

Brine Twice Daily, the latest Langan / Le Cain collaboration, will be screening as part of the 5th birthday weekend celebrations of Cork's thriving arts space Sample Studios at 9pm on Saturday March 12th. Details here.