An exhibition featuring eighteen artists, spanning two historic locations of Limerick City;
Tait Clothing Factory, Lord Edward St, & Sailor’s Home, O’Currys St.
Opening 9th May 530pm at Tait Clothing Factory, wine reception and speeches 730pm at Sailors Home with a performative parade leading the audience between locations
“Our Proposition is that of a Dialogue”
This exhibition whose title pays homage to Lygia Clark, marks the culmination of three years’ experience gained in LSAD, and celebrates the diversity of perspectives unified by the unique ethos of self-expression promoted in both courses. The students enter into a dialogue with two valued historic sites of industry, expanding the creative hub of LSAD into Limerick’s City Centre, and re-opening these buildings to the public.
The work stems from internal perspectives of the world manifested in material interaction, with each individual proposition becoming unified in conversation with the shared space. The intention of this joint exhibition is to focus on these exchanges; between artist and viewer, between the digital and analogue material languages, between the bodily and the sensory working in tandem with the machine.
This provocative dichotomy is challenged and cross-examined throughout the exhibition, encouraging dialogue between all aspects of participation.
“Alone We do not Exist.”
This exhibition has been curated by Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, both Cork based artists working in a performative film making partnership for the past ten years, recent works including the Arts Council funded feature film Inside produced for TULCA 2017.
The opening will be launched by Valerie Connor, lecturer on BA Photography, School of Media, Technological University Dublin, curator of TULCA 2013 and recently the invited curator of Active Archive – Slow Institution, research project and exhibition organized by Project Art Centre.
Opening 9th of May 530pm in Tait Clothing Factory Lord Edward St, 6.30pm performative procession begins, 7.30pm wine reception and opening talk Sailors Home, 10th-12th May open 11am to 5pm daily at both locations.
Closing out the Easter weekender at Osho this afternoon with * Ouhm at Osho - DJs Glocke & Aaaa *
Vicky and Dave (ex-Black Sun, Cork) dig deep through their collection of weird and beautiful music on Easter Monday at Osho on Barrack Street between 2pm and 6pm. Dog friendly, kid friendly, Beamish, chorreador brewed coffee, treats from Wicked Wholesome etc. Float in to us this afternoon for some strange sounds...
Vicky Langan has been orbiting the experimental underground over the past 15 years as an artist, promoter, filmmaker and DJ.
Vicky will be working The Big Romance's custom built soundsystem with a set of experimental, weirdo and far-out sounds!
Free in as always, get involved x
Two programmes of Experimental Film Society films will be screening at VERTIGO arts organisation Tbilisi, Georgia on 12th of April 2019.
“VERTIGO is an arts organization in Tbilisi, Georgia focused on education and cultural activities. Since 2017, the organization has implemented the experimental educational project VERTIGO school. In 2019, VERTIGO school initiated the “un-prefix” program – educational program combining both the fields of experimental film technique and music production for film. “Un-prefix” is implemented through the support of the Georgian Ministry of Education and Culture.”
More info HERE / Zakaria Kurdiani st 19, Tbilisi, Georgia, 0102
Phantom Islands (2018) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / 86mins / Ireland
1_Raquel Times Ten By Chris O’Neill (2017) / 10mins / Ireland
This portrait of actress Raquel Nave is at once a structuralist formal exercise and an emotionally engaging meditation on memory and decay. The deterioration of a VHS image as it is copied and recopied evokes distance and a breakdown of intimacy.
2_ Homo Sapiens Project (161-170) (2013) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / 8mins / Ireland
Rashidi’s Homo Sapiens Project (HSP) is an ongoing series of personal film experiments that range from cryptic film diaries and oneiric sketches to fully polished features. Installments 161-170 link a formally aggressive repurposing of Hollywood reels with an idiosyncratic appreciation of the wonder of science fiction.
3_Olive (2019) By Michael Higgins / 11mins / Greece – Ireland
Although clearly filmed in our time, Olive uses the scratchy beauty of hand-processed celluloid to help evoke a mood of ancient ritual. A group of people gathered in the remote countryside are absorbed into frames that often resemble the hand tinted colours and decaying textures of unrestored early cinema. Cinema is made to haunt the present like a ghostly vision from the past.
4_Brine Twice Daily (2015) By Vicky Langan / Maximilian Le Cain / 20mins / Ireland
Blind Twice Daily is a film that came from the sea, from the depths, and it never truly escapes its salt-encrusted origins. A bizarre romance that is at once an absurd comedy, a horror/adventure B-movie, a cryptic home video and a fading seaside postcard stuffed into
a bottle and cast adrift on the ocean, Brine Twice Daily marks a new departure in the Langan/Le Cain filmmaking partnership.
5_The Underworld (2019) By Jann Clavadetscher / 17mins / Ireland
This hallucinatory trip through the psychedelic recesses of science fiction begins in the flickering bowels of the earth. An explorer played by Cillian Roche undergoes a bizarre mutation in which cinema itself might possibly play a part. Clavadetcsher’s gorgeous 16mm colours and dazzlingly intense editing are underscored by a characteristic lightness of touch.
6_Antler (2018) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / 15mins / Ireland
Pour Hosseini’s work with Super-8 conjures a mysterious territory that exists between memory, subjective perception and the objective materiality of the filmed image. Antler pushes deeper into this realm, seamlessly combining archival footage of animals and reptiles in their habitats with newly filmed material of the artist and an assistant at work in a botanical garden.
Total running time: 81mins
Huge thanks to Dawn Richardson from The 343 and Peter O’Neill from Imagine. The Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics for inviting me to be artist-in-residence during the festival. I loved my time attending a multitude of festival events, working at the 343 and exploring Belfast.
The new work I shared last night stemmed from my time spent at the Carrickfergus salt mine and I’m indebted to the workers there for not running me off-site when I showed up unannounced one day. The recordings are raw, unprocessed and strange. Microphones buried in huge mountains of salt, my hands manipulating every surface, digging, scratching, clawing, fingering, sweeping, unearthing, reburying etc. Am keen to stay with it and revisit the site in the near future to expand on it some more.
Many thanks to all who attended last night’s event, and to my husband Dave for joining me on the decks after the performance! Goodbye, Belfast!
Jinx Lennon - Neanderthal beats,words like bullets ,brain enriching noise.
The Deadlians - Surreal punk ballad band.
Big Monster Love - Dublin's anti folk poet.
M.C. and Fear an Tí (be afraid) on the night - Hugh Cooney
Gramophone Music Dj's:
Vicky Langan (DJ) - Experimental, trad, weird
Paddy Bloomer (DJ) - Artist inventor explorer and plumber based in Belfast.
Padhraic Colm Proncias [DJ PCP] ( Bad Mouth Music & Skin and Bone drum Set)
Glamourous, private city centre location.(DM for address)
Earlybirds 1 - €8
Earlybirds 2 - €10
Ouhm is a monthly afternoon of experimental sounds in Cork, organised by the Cork-based artist Vicky Langan. For #IWD2019, Vicky shares a wide selection of music from women who work with sound.
Luminous Void: Docudrama
A Film By Rouzbeh Rashidi
Produced by Experimental Film Society 2019
Funded By The Arts Council Of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon under the Open Call scheme
Duration: 71 Minutes
Luminous Void: Docudrama is a documentary like no other. Starting with the bizarre practices and fantasies of a group of filmmakers working under the label Experimental Film Society, it spins off into a manifesto of light and sound. This dazzling journey through a view of cinema as cosmic ritual and erotic delirium is also an idiosyncratic celebration of the medium itself. Rouzbeh Rashidi’s ornate visual style unleashes a parade of visionary scenes that redefine movie magic as a fevered hallucination.
“it initially subverts our expectations, only to exceed them by far, as the film evolves into a beautiful, genre-defying (and genre-redefining) chimera – a light-breathing monster with a documentary-turned-neo-noir head and anachronistic period drama body sporting expressionist wings, bizarre avant-horror scales and a stingy tail of an erotic, occult fantasy.” – Nikola Gocić
Cast & Crew
Image, Sound and Edit Rouzbeh Rashidi
Conceived by Jann Clavadetscher, Michael Higgins, Vicky Langan, Maximilian Le Cain, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Rouzbeh Rashidi
Principal Cast Michael Higgins, Maximilian Le Cain, Jann Clavadetscher, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Vicky Langan, Cillian Roche, Caoimhe Lavelle, John Murphy, Floriana Mancuso, Iva Kozomara, Julia Gelezova, Suzanne Walsh, Xiao Lan Jiao, Klara McDonnell
Producers Rouzbeh Rashidi and Atoosa Pour Hosseini
Music by Cinema Cyanide
Additional Sound Recording Oli Ryan
Dedicated to Raúl Ruiz
Shot on Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro (4K DCI) with the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System. Sound: Stereo.
Additional scenes shot on Super 8mm Film with Kodak.
Post production on Final Cut Pro X.
Colour graded on Blackmagic Design: DaVinci Resolve 15.
Distribution format: DCP.
Funded By The Arts Council Of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon under the Open Call Art scheme.
Distributed by Experimental Film Society and due for release 2019
Presenting OUHM, the new monthly afternoon session from Glocke & Aaaa (Vicky Langan & ddmurph • ex-Black Sun, Cork) We’ll be digging deep through our collection of weird & beautiful music 2 – 6pm at our new favourite bar, O’sho (13 Barrack Street).
Read the papers, meet new people, listen to strange sounds. Filter coffee, herbal teas, treats from Wicked Wholesome all available. People are more than welcome to order takeaway at Miyazaki and eat at O’sho, too.
OPEN AIR EP 2 -
Last year Open Ear invited me to join their team. I couldn't be prouder to be working with such a great festival! The programming is focused on Irish and Ireland-based artists and the first half of 2019's line up has been announced already (tickets selling fast so get on it!). For the run-up to this year's fest, we've teamed up with Dublin Digital Radio - ddr. to make some shows about the festival. I've compiled a two-hour mix of artists who've played or will be playing at Open Ear. It features Nurse With Wound, Operating Theatre, Jennifer Walshe, Laura Sheeran, Woven Skull, Aaron Dilloway, School Tour, Crevice, Radie Peat, Áine O'Dwyer & Graham Lambkin, Danny Deepo, Amanda Feery, Whirling Hall Of Knives and myself.
Ps. I attempted to live-tweet during the show so if you feel like reading a line or two about what you’re listening to, it’s << still here >>
Looking forward to the first of a series of interactions with the students at LIT Limerick School of Art & Design this year. Langan/Le Cain lecture, screenings and Q&A at Limerick School of Art and Design. • Wed 20.02.19 • From 9.30am this morning (All students are welcome to attend)
I’ll be the artist-in-residence for this year’s Imagine. The Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics (25th – 31st March). Looking forward to working at The 343, a vibrant, artist-focused, feminist queer space in East Belfast, where I’ll be doing a performance at the end of my stay.
Full details: https://imaginebelfast.com/events/vicky-langan/
Vicky Langan is a Cork-based artist whose practice operates across several often-overlapping fields – chiefly performance, sound, and film. She both embraces and projects vulnerability, offering an intimate territory loaded with raw sensuality, personal symbolism and unguarded emotion. Her work is resolutely personal and rooted in the internal processing of intense private feeling. At a moment in Irish society where long repressed voices are taking centre stage, Langan’s insistence on articulating a private space of disturbance and trauma is a stark reminder that, beyond the public discourses, a legacy of submerged wounds remains.
Vicky has a long-standing collaborative partnership with the experimental filmmaker Maximilian Le Cain and is an associate of the Dublin based Experimental Film Society. She is a recipient of bursary awards from Cork City Council and the Arts Council of Ireland.
Vicky Langan is supported by Music Network’s Music Capital Scheme, funded by The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Delighted to’ve been given a 3-month artists desk residency at the Guesthouse, Cork! Very glad to have a city-centre workspace again.
After the great success of its first edition, the National Cinematheque 'Ulises Estrella' of the House of Ecuadorian Culture presents, with great joy, the II International Festival of Experimental Film: The quenfoca eye , from Wednesday 6th to Wednesday 13 February at the cinema hall Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco.
This second exhibition pays tribute to one of the most important figures in the history of experimental cinema, Jonas Mekas (1922-2019), founder of Antholoy Film Archives (one of the focal points of experimental cinema) and the first film critic for the Village Voice, a newspaper cult New York.
This year, the exhibition has exceeded all expectations, receiving hundreds of experimental works from around the world. Not only the immense creativity and power of the filmmakers, but also a flood of generosity and need to expand new audiovisual senses as many people in the world, perhaps a sign of the need for paradigm shift in everyday stands.
The exhibition aims to reveal a diverse and full of meaning audiovisual universe. New and innovative techniques and artistic possibilities, alternative forms of expression playing with creative and perceptual freedom: images, compositions and visual motifs that can be seen from another perspective, less rational and more sensitive, whose stylistic features stand out the foundfootage, granulated photography, fragmented assembly, non-fiction, entropy, breaking classical conventions lighting, framing and composition, the use of sound as a key element and evident, among others.
The National Cinematheque, for the second consecutive year has the support of the SAI (Experimental Film Society) directed by Rouzbeh Rashidi, the largest producer and disseminator of experimental cinema in the world, it is pleased to host the replica of the third edition of Camera Lucida Festival, film Meetings, one of the programming projects and creating major experimental cinema in the region, held in the city of Cuenca, Ecuador. Its programming includes a sample of the Platform Hunger, an observatory and laboratory dedicated to research, dialogue and production of critical and sensitive thought contagion and put in relation to the film (s) experimental, born in Brazil.
The open call had great success, receiving proposals from various countries: Ecuador (Antonio Romero, Orisel Castro, Neudel York, David Estrella, Wilmer Pozo, Libertad Gills, Gustavo Valle, Jhonatan F. Carchi, Stefano Murillo and Ana Benitez), Mexico (Dianela Mariana Torres, Carlos Cruz, Amalisa D. Quagliata), Peru (Paola Vela), Colombia (Edna Juliet Sierray Ricardo Perea), Cuba (Orisel Castro), Spain (July Lamaña). Of Argentina (Esteban Radice, Nicolas Matte, Julia Ivorra and Narcisa Hirsh), Chile (Martin Bauss and Camila Star), Paraguay (Paz Encina). US (Marco Zambrano, Péter Lichter, Scott Barley and the proposal An Infinite Loop of Resistance, Michael Wood I -shown at the Rotterdam Festival and awarded at the Festival of short films Aix en Provence). Experimental Film Society, Ireland (Chris O'Neill,
In addition, through Cinemamuseo, there will be a specific selection of proposed works and Platform cured by Hunger: The Sun Quartet Collective The Weightless and Experimental feminine.
Spent the weekend on Sherkin Island getting some planning done with Chris Chapman ahead of this year’s Open Ear 2019 (May 30th - June 2nd). If you still haven’t been, earmark those dates for a trip to beautiful West Cork!
In this issue of FILM PANIC Magazine we speak with six artists working across the vast landscape that is contemporary moving image. Their work ranges from experimental feature films for cinema, to multiscreen video works for gallery, to expanded cinema performances and to short films for both the small and big screen. These works are as varied and unique as the fingerprints of those that make them – what they illuminate is unique to each of them but what they have in common is an experimental and exploratory spirit, open eyes and open hearts that reveal to us the possibilities of moving image, the possibilities of creativity and even the possibilities of being human.
We are excited to be joined in this issue by guest writers Nikola Gocic, David Finkelstein, Sarahjane Swan and Roger Simian.
Editorial by Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais
Interview with Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain
Interview with Sebastian Wiedemann
Interview with Kelly Richardson
Interview with Katya Yabukov
Interview with Dean Kavanagh
Many thanks to The Thin Air for choosing my field recording ‘The Palms’ as the number 1 Irish track of 2018. ♡
The piece raised over €1,000 for Together for Yes back in May and proceeds from every d/l since continue to raise money for Abortion Support Network.
LUDO IS FANTASTIC
Directed by Willie Stewart
Post-screening Q&A with director Willie Stewart and Vicky Langan.
Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM – 10:30PM - The Guesthouse, Cork
Since the early 1960s, wildman Ludo Mich has been actively operating on the fringes and the fringes of the fringes of the Antwerp underground art scene. Ludo exists inside the ‘M Dimension’ the world of his own creation in which he has produced a significant body of work across visual art, holographic sculpture, fluxus film, performance, Avant Garde science and philosophy. The core of his work is always the same: a need to stay pure to his own beliefs, regardless of the consequence. His family and friends know Ludo to be full of love and generosity. Devoted fans know him as a performer who continues to surprise and astonish. But despite 50 plus years of production, Ludo remains practically unknown outside of Belgium. ‘It is his curse to be an outlaw, always,’ remarks his housemate Frank. Ludo has been banned from numerous bars and cafes in his home town due to arousals of raucous happenings and incidents of nudity. In 2014, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts threatened to sue Ludo over a claim that a performance of his instigated the audience to mishandle works from the Academy’s collection. The police have been called to his home/studio on numerous occasions by neighbours complaining that Ludo’s loud barbarous joyful laughter had been going on for just too long. Now in his 70’s, Ludo’s work continues to gain integrity as he ignores conformity, financial gain and stays one step ahead of conventional and conservative art. Through a mix of archival footage, interviews with family and friends and fly on the wall footage, Ludo Is Fantastic immerses us in the world of the ‘Mich Dimension.’