Double-Blind at Cork Midsummer Festival


Film/performance by Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain

Cork Midsummer Festival

June 18th, 9.30pm, St. Luke’s Church Crypt, Cork

Limited Capacity - booking essential. Tickets €10:

Descend into the atmospheric St. Luke’s Church Crypt and become immersed in a live performance that unfolds against a richly textured film installation. For this new work, experimental performance / filmmaking duo Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain embrace the mood and iconography of classic Gothic literature and cinema to their raw, mysterious and often erotically charged universe. Their darkly intimate work, suggestive of intensely personal rituals, is at once haunting and discomforting.

Made possible through the assistance of Cork Film Centre and Experimental Film Society, and developed with the support of a Cork City Council Individual Artist Bursary.


Vicky Langan / Maximilian Le Cain

Over the course of a nine-year filmmaking collaboration, Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain have created a distinctively intimate cinematic universe that has more recently expanded to include live performance. This audio-visual partnership is built on the strikingly fitting match between Langanʼs magnetic, often troublingly intense presence as a performer and Le Cainʼs distinctively jarring, disruptive visual rhythms. It has resulted in fifteen moving image works to date, including the Arts Council funded feature film Inside made for TULCA 2017, and an ongoing series of performances that began at the 2017 Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival. These performances emerged from Play Ground, a 2017 short film created with the support of the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris as a tribute to the late Dutch filmmaker Frans Zwartjes. In 2018, they created a new performance, Double-Blind, for Cork Midsummer Festival.

Langan / Le Cain are closely affiliated with Experimental Film Society, a company dedicated to the creation of uncompromisingly personal, formally challenging filmmaking. Based in Dublin, it has succeeded in forging a new and radically alternative Irish cinema. Through its distribution, their films have been widely screened at international venues and festivals.

In 2016, Langan and Le Cain both attended the MA course in Art & Process at Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, and subsequently participated in the exhibition slips, speaks at 12 Star Gallery, London that drew on the work of selected CCAD MA graduates. They have had retrospective screenings at Microscope Gallery, New York, and the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. Their film Light/Sound is part of the permanent collection of the Collectif Jeune Cinéma, Paris.

Select recent screenings, exhibitions and performances have taken place at: VISUAL as part of Carlow Arts Festival; VAI Get Together, IMMA; Process Festival, Riga; American Medium Gallery, New York; Cineautopsia: Festival de Cine Experimental de Bogotá, Colombia; Cinemateca Nacional de Ecuador, Quito; Triskel Christchurch Cinema, Cork.

For a full filmography and list of all Langan / Le Cain events, please visit:

For information on Langan & Le Cain’s extensive solo careers: /

Phantom Islands & Inside at Festival ECRÃ, MAM, Brazil


Two recent feature films from Experimental Film Society (EFS) will screen as part of the Festival ECRÃ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this July. Phantom Islands (Rouzbeh Rashidi) and Inside (Vicky Langan / Maximilian Le Cain) are in many ways complimentary films that mirror each other in several aspects. Both are wordless, delving back into the origins of cinema to conjure portraits of characters and couples immersed in psychic breakdown within vividly rendered Irish landscapes. Both present extremely fragmented narratives that blur inner and outer worlds, and are driven by intensely atmospheric visuals and soundtracks. And both rely on boldly physical performances that owe as much to performance art as to screen acting.

ECRÃ Festival is an experimental film festival that arose from the desire to question the film industry and its “primordial elements” and to give space for filmmakers to experiment freely in audiovisual production. It takes place between July 17th and 22nd at the Cinemateca do MAM Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

New Article on Inside by Nikola Gocić


From film writer Nikola Gocić:

With my fourth article for EFS Publications, I open my mind wider and take a deep dive into the turbid sea of Maximilian Le Cain's and Vicky Langan's psychological inwardness, in an attempt to find representative artefacts and bring them to the surface. In other words, a few thoughts on Le Cain's solo feature debut, Cloud of Skin (2015), and his latest and most accomplished collaborative effort with Langan, Inside (2017). Read the full article here:

PLAY GROUND at Visual Artists Ireland Get Together / MExIndex, IMMA

Play Ground, the Langan / Le Cain film tribute to Frans Zwartjes, is one of four films selected by MExIndex for a programme that will screen repeatedly throughout the Visual Artists Ireland 'Get Together'. Billed as 'Ireland's National Day for Visual Artists', this day-long event features talks, panel discussions, 'speed curating' and specialist clinics. It takes place at IMMA  (Irish Museum of Modern Art) on Monday May 21st.

Full programme details here.

Phantom Islands & Inside at Cineautopsia, Colombia

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Inside (Vicky Langan / Maximilian Le Cain) and Phantom Islands (Rouzbeh Rashidi) will screen at Cineautopsia: Festival de Cine Experimental de Bogotá (May 16th - 19th).

The Experimental Film Festival of Bogotá / CineAutopsia was born from the search for an authentic, radical and propositive cinema. It promotes a cinema that evokes the practice of freedom. It supports creators of audiovisual art, especially from Bogotá, Colombia and Latin America, by offering them the possibility of sharing their experiences and ideas. In this context, the main interest of the festival is to interact with the public through creative laboratories, artistic interventions, guest shows, talks and film screenings, positioning itself as a creative epicenter where different expressions that derive from the cinema converge with the other arts.

EFS at Process Festival, Riga


Process is an experimental film festival in the Baltics dedicated to analog cinema, celebrating the physical film medium in all its personal, adventurous and uncompromising forms. The selected films break with the conventional rules of filmmaking and aesthetic norms, using the physical film as their main medium. Taking place from 22nd to 25th of March in Riga, Process addresses both local and international artists and audiences.

Experimental Film Society (EFS) is widely present in this edition of the festival:

EFS Short Film Programme:

La Picota (2018) by Ana González / Colombia / 3mins
Contact (2011) by Vicky Langan / Maximilian Le Cain / Ireland / 3mins
Feed Me (2016) by Maximilian Le Cain / Ireland / 3mins
Universal Film (2018) by Jann Clavadetscher / Ireland / 3mins
Ice (2018) by Michael Higgins / Ireland / 5mins
Homo Sapiens Project (161-170) (2013) by Rouzbeh Rashidi / Ireland / 8mins
Image Turned Down (2011-2014) by Maximilian Le Cain / Ireland-Greece / 20mins

Refining the Senses Performance – Atoosa Pour Hosseini

Refining the Senses is an uncanny sensory experience that places the viewer in a mysterious and contemplative liminal zone between different dimensions of life, death and memory that fluctuates between the personal and the general, the pictorial and the material. Combining found and original footage, she scratches, dyes and paints the film surface to highlight both the fragility and persistence of the image.

FEAR Short Film Programme curated by Rouzbeh Rashidi & Maximilian Le Cain

Cinema is fundamentally linked to the ghostly and uncanny. In summoning up insubstantial images that replay moments already passed, it can be compared to séance activity. In showing us sights and sounds of people often long gone but animated by the illusion of movement, it answers to Jean Cocteau’s description of it as ‘death at work’. Experimental film and horror cinema are therefore joined in being the two modes of cinematic practice that best explore the essence and deepest implications of what cinema is. At their most visionary, they overlap extensively. This is a view held by filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi and repeatedly explored in his atmospheric films. ‘Fear’ is a programme Rashidi has curated of experimental films that haunt the shadows between experimental film and the horror genre.

Vicky Langan DJ Set

EFS filmmaker Vicky Langan is an Irish artist whose practice operates across several often overlapping fields, chiefly performance, sound, and film. Vicky will DJ mysterious fragments and textural soundings.

Full info HERE

Kindly supported by Culture Ireland

Phantom Islands at Audi Dublin International Film Festival

Phantom Islands

A Pictorial Film By Rouzbeh Rashidi
Produced by Experimental Film Society.
Funded By The Arts Council Of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon under the Reel Art scheme.

World premiere in the Dublin International Film Festival on Tuesday 27th February at the Irish Film Institute (IFI). Tickets HERE


Phantom Islands is an experimental film that exists at the boundary of documentary and fiction. It follows a couple adrift and disoriented in the stunning landscape of Ireland’s islands. Yet this deliberately melodramatic romance is constantly questioned by a provocative cinematic approach that ultimately results in a hypnotic and visceral inquiry into the very possibility of documentary objectivity.

Funded By The Arts Council Of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon under the Reel Art scheme. Distributed by Experimental Film Society and due for release February 2018

Cast & Crew

Image, Sound and Edit Rouzbeh Rashidi
Starring Daniel Fawcett and Clara Pais
Producers Conor Horgan, Maximilian Le Cain and Atoosa Pour Hosseini
Music by Amanda Feery
Additional Music Cinema Cyanide
Additional Sound Composition Vicky Langan
Assistant Director and Production Assistant Jann Clavadetscher
Production Runner Katie Mc Fadden
Colour Grading Michael Higgins
Title Graphics Pouya Ahmadi
Production Supervisor Alan Fitzpatrick (Filmbase)

Dedicated to Marguerite Duras, Jean Epstein and Andrzej Żuławski

EFS screening at Esto Es Para Esto, Monterrey City, Mexico


A programme of Experimental Film Society will be screening at Esto Es Para Esto on 1st of March, 2018 in Monterrey City, Mexico. Details of the programme:

Experimental Film Society (EFS) is a group of filmmakers dedicated to the creation of uncompromisingly personal, formally challenging filmmaking. Based in Dublin, it has succeeded in forging a new and radically alternative Irish cinema. Its defiantly independent vision, both deeply informed by film history and utterly modern, has animated over five hundred shorts and features over its eighteen-year existence. Its films adopt an exploratory approach to filmmaking and foreground mood, atmosphere, visual rhythms, and the often-startling sensory interplay of sound and image.

1_La Picota (2018) By Ana González / 3Minutes / Colombia
2_Universal Film (2018) By Jann Clavadetscher / 3Minutes / Ireland
3_Homo Sapiens Project (161-170) (2013) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / Ireland / 8mins
4_The Family Vault of James Hyland (2017) By Michael Higgins / 14Minutes / Ireland
5_Play Ground (2017) By Vicky Langan/Maximilian Le cain / 16Minutes / Ireland
6_Refining the Senses (2017) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / 13Minutes / Switzerland-Ireland

Total running time: 58 Minutes

More info HERE

EFS & purge present Spectators: A Tribute to Frans Zwartjes

Experimental Film Society & purge present
Spectators: A Tribute to Frans Zwartjes

Birds, Spare Bedroom, Spectator & Living by Frans Zwartjes
+  tribute films by Stanley SchtinterLangan/Le Cain & Rouzbeh Rashidi

6.30 pm, Thursday February 22nd
The Guesthouse, 10 Chapel St., Cork

Frans Zwartjes, Holland’s preeminent experimental filmmaker, passed away at the end of 2017. As a tribute to this great and always radical artist, Experimental Film Society (EFS), in association with purge, presents a screening of four of Zwartjes’ finest films along with three others made in tribute to him.

Zwartjes’ highly stylised, poetically claustrophobic films achieve a unique level of sensual intimacy in their renditions of sexual and domestic tension, and voyeurism. These wordless works draw on performance art but are equally distinguished by their oneiric visuals, disconcerting editing rhythms and hypnotically minimal sound design. Once Zwartjes has caressed the surface of your eyeballs, you will never see cinema in the same way again.

This programme also features Zwartjes, a recent documentary portrait of Frans Zwartjes by Stanley Schtinter, as well two films made in homage to Zwartjes by filmmakers connected with EFS: Rouzbeh Rashidi’s Homo Sapiens Project (113) and the Irish premiere of Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain’s Play Ground.

Schtinter is a Zwartjes collaborator. He was behind major Zwartjes tribute events at such venues as EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam and London’s Whitechapel Gallery. He produced the first ever release of Zwartjes’ music through his label, purge. EFS is an Irish company dedicated to nurturing personal, experimental cinema. Rashidi and Langan / Le Cain acknowledge Zwartjes as a major influence on their work.

Birds (5 mins, 1968)
Spare Bedroom (15 mins, 1969)
Spectator (10 mins, 1970)
Living (15 mins, 1971)

Zwartjes (Stanley Schtinter, 9 mins, 2017)
Homo Sapiens Project (113) (Rouzbeh Rashidi, 16 mins, 2012)
Play Ground (Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, 16 mins, 2017)

Play Ground was made with the support of Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.

Stills courtesy of Collection EYE Filmmuseum.

Folds of Existence: Experimental Film Society (New York)


Folds of Existence

A screening series of contemporary moving image that mediates the precarious boundaries between public space and personal psyche. Ranging from the meditative and transcendent to the cacophonous and debaucherous, these layered realities attempt to reclaim timeworn ideologies, made manifest via social network dynamics, contested geopolitical histories, formulaic mass entertainment, ecstatic virtual imaginings and oscillating collective projections. This powerful compilation of works challenges the currency and potentiality of events, and points towards alternative aesthetics and modes of existence.

The programs presented include short-form, feature-length, single-channel and installation-based works.

Programmed by Lorenzo Gattorna and Mary Ancel

January 19, 2018
Experimental Film Society
Curated by Rouzbeh Rashidi

DATE AND TIME Friday, January 19, 2018 8:00 PM
LOCATION American Medium 515 West 20th Street 3N New York, NY 10011 United States

Experimental Film Society is a group of filmmakers credited with bringing a new energy to Irish experimental cinema. Their uncompromisingly personal work raids their psyches to fuel phantasmagorical reconfigurations of techniques and half-remembered nightmares from cinema history. As they experiment with cinema, they allow it equally to experiment on them, creating richly experiential works that chart an uncomfortable territory that is at once uncannily familiar and utterly alien. In evoking possible futures cinema might once have had, these films upset the continuum, rendering the apparent solidity of our current condition fractious and plastic.

  • Controle No6 (2015), Jann Clavadetscher, Ireland, 13m
  • The Family Vault of James Hyland (2017), Michael Higgins, Ireland, 14m
  • Homo Sapiens Project (161-170) (2013), Rouzbeh Rashidi, Ireland, 8m
  • Brine Twice Daily (2015), Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain, Ireland, 20m
  • Refining the Senses (2017), Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Switzerland-Ireland, 13m

Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents

Book launch with live performance by
Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain

4pm, Saturday December 2nd 2017
Filmbase, 2 Curved St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Experimental Film Society (EFS) is pleased to announce the publication of Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents, a book chronicling the history of EFS. The book launch will take place at Filmbase, Dublin, and feature a special live performance by Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain.

EFS is an international group of filmmakers dedicated to the creation of personal, formally challenging cinema. Originally founded by Rouzbeh Rashidi in Tehran, EFS has been based in Dublin since 2004 where it has been responsible for injecting a new energy into Irish alternative film. Its defiantly independent vision, both deeply informed by film history and radically modern, has animated over five hundred films as well as numerous performances, installations and sound works.

Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents chronicles this unique chapter in contemporary underground cinema by compiling a series of essays, interviews and manifestos that set out and explore the ideas that drive and emerge from EFS filmmaking. It includes new texts by renowned film critic Adrian Martin, and by Alice Butler & Daniel Fitzpatrick, the curatorial team behind aemi (artists and experimental moving image).

Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain’s longstanding filmmaking partnership has recently expanded to include live performance collaborations. They performed at the 2017 Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival and at TULCA Festival of Visual Arts where their feature film Inside (2017) premiered. Le Cain makes experimental films that explore a personal relationship with cinema as a site of haunting, while Langan’s practice operates across several overlapping fields. Her vulnerable, emotionally charged work envelops audiences in an aura of dark intimacy.

Copies of Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents (edited by Rouzbeh Rashidi & Maximilian Le Cain, 164 pages) will be on sale at the launch priced €15, or can be ordered directly by emailing

The book was designed, typeset & made into pages in Adobe InDesign by Borna Izadpanah, London. The text was set in typefaces Romain and SangBleu by Swiss Typefaces, Vevey. The book cover was designed by Pouya Ahmadi, Illinois.

Langan/Le Cain - TULCA Festival of Visual Art, 2017

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 SteinLiz Magic LaserVicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, Richard Proffitt); autonomy and self-sufficiency (Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen & Marie-Louise Vittrup AndersenDavid BeattieCiarán Ó Dochartaigh, Yvette Monahan); voice and neurosis (Florian RoithmayrYoko OnoFabienne Audeoud); future culture and community (Kian Benson BailesPlastique FantastiqueSam Basu & Liz MurrayMcGibbon O’LynnOisin 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

Maximilian Le Cain and I will also be doing a live performance at TULCA on November 4th and are delivering an artists' talk on the 13th.

Experimental Film Society at ULTRAcinema Mexico

A programme of Experimental Film Society will be screening in the sixth edition of annual ULTRAcinema festival November 30 – December 3, 2017 in Puebla, Mexico. Venue: Sala 9 2 Norte #1205-A San Juan Aquiahuac San Andrés Cholula, Puebla 72810 Mexico. Details of the programme:

1_Impulsive Film (2016) By Jann Clavadetscher / 2Minutes / Ireland
2_Play Ground (2017) By Vicky Langan/Maximilian Le cain / 16Minutes / Ireland
3_Homo Sapiens Project (161-170) (2013) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / Ireland / 8mins
4_The Family Vault of James Hyland (2017) By Michael Higgins / 14Minutes / Ireland
5_Refining the Senses (2017) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / 13Minutes / Switzerland-Ireland

Total running time: 55minutes

More info HERE 

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Nasty Women Dublin, Pallas Projects

I have work in Nasty Women at Pallas Projects tonight on a data card called Cassavetes, put together by Mariah Black. The card also features works by Mary Kelleher, Molly Hennigan, Patricia Mc Inerney & Mariah Black. The card is an edition of 8, all proceeds go to Repeal Campaign.

4 to 12 August 2017 | Opening: 3 August, 6pm
Pallas Projects, 115 – 117, The Coombe, Dublin 8

Nasty Women Dublin

Opening Night: Thursday August 3rd 2017 6pm

Telephones Nasty Women Special: Saturday August 5th

Continues: Friday 4th – Saturday 12th August 2017 12–6pm  (excluding 6th +7th)

Nasty Women Dublin is taking place in Pallas Projects, Dublin from August 3rd-12th 2017. Originally a project by curators Jessamyn Fiore, Roxanne Jackson and Angel Bellaran hosted in the Knockdown Centre, New York it has spread to over 40 fundraising exhibitions worldwide.

“Nasty Women is a global art movement that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. With over forty fundraising art exhibitions taking place around the United States and abroad, Nasty Women Exhibitions also serve to support organisations defending these rights and to be a platform for organisation and resistance.” Nasty Women Exhibition

Nasty Women Dublin will be fundraising exhibition that celebrates the strength and diversity of art by female artists in Ireland, and which acts to promote the cause of women's rights, in particular reproductive rights and The Campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment.

All works are kindly donated by our artists and will be for sale for less than €100 with proceeds going to Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment & Artists' Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment.

Our curatorial panel:
Sheena Barrett, Mariah Black, Helen Carey, Mary Cremin, Jessamyn Fiore, Siobhan Geoghegan, Gillian Lawler, Alice Maher, Loitering Theatre & Kathy Tynan

Artists include:
Aoife Dunne, Mona Atkinson, Anne Maree Barry, Aideen Barry, Aida Bangoura, Margaret O’Brien, Sarah Browne, Catherine Barron, Jade Butler, Catherine Barragry, Rachel Burke, Amanda Coogan, Nuala Clarke, Aimée Chan, Avril Coroon, Siobhan Clancy, Pauline Cummins, Susan Connolly, Maud Cotter, Margaret O’Connor, Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty, Aislinn Delaney, Margaretta D’Arcy, Isadora Epstein, Millie Egan, Sara French, Marie Farrington, Aoife Giles, Doireann Ni Ghrioghair, Sara Greavu, Orla Goodwin, Amy Higgins, Leah Hilliard, Léann Herlihy, Roisin Hackett, Katie Holten, Erica Van Horn, Dragana Jurisic, Wendy Judge, Jesse Jones, Barbara Knezevic, Ali Kirby, Sandy Kennedy, Breda Lynch, Katharine Lamb, Gillian Lawler, Kathryn Maguire, Susan MacWilliam, Siobhan McGibbon, Sibyl Montague, Janet Mullarney, Chloë Nagle, Emer O'Boyle, Deirdre O'Mahony, Seoidin O'Sullivan, Katie O'Grady, Mandy O Neill, Aisling O'Beirn, Sadbh O'Brien, Helen O'Leary, Rachael Rose O'Leary, Laragh Pittman, Aine Philips, Jennifer Smith, Vicky Smith, Sonia Shiel, Polina Shapkina, Ciara Scanlan, Celine Sheridan, Gráinne Tynan, Ann Quinn, Ruby Wallis, Chanelle Walshe, Eve Woods, Amy Walsh, Isabella Walsh & more to be announced!


Thursday 3rd: Opening Event 6–9pm, performance 6.30pm.

Saturday 5th: Nasty Women Telephones Special: Tickets

Tuesday 8th: FINDING CREATIVITY workshop with Catherine Barron (16+)

Saturday 12th: 'A glove is a gift' performance, Léann Herlihy 3pm

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slips, speaks 17 - 26 May, London


MA in Art & Process CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, Ireland at 12 Star Gallery, Europe House, London

slips, speaks
17 – 26 May 2017

Jackie Burke, Cat Gambel, Vicky Langan, Max Le Cain
Curated by Padraig Spillane
Accompanying text by Sarah Hayden, Lecturer in 20th and 21st Century American Literature and Culture at the University of Southampton.

Opening Reception with a reading by Sarah Hayden
Tues 16 May, 6:30 – 8:30pm

To mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of what has become the EU, 12 Star Gallery is organizing a season of exhibitions that features students from Europe’s leading art schools.

slips, speaks features four 2017 graduates from the MA in Art & Process at CIT Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork, Ireland. This exhibition explores shifting influences within our contemporary times. It contemplates our present flux with works by Jackie Burke, which give back to us digitally disseminated and mass-consumed images of power, through paint on board. In searching from the present to the past, Cat Gambel’s clay and photographic works interrogate how to represent forgotten individuals from family archives. These works do not provoke reaction but reflection. They want us to take notice of what is hidden in plain sight and for examination to bring understanding and reconciliation.

Vicky Langan and Max Le Cain, working singularly and collaboratively, seek to bring our attention to the passing moments within in our lives. Langan ask us to listen to the sounds of a roof being taken down to be reconstructed, to immerse ourselves in an intimate reorientating of place. Le Cain, with both moving image and stills, creates ambiguous filmic moments disclosing alternatives that reside in every moment. In this respect, the works presented in slips, speaks look beyond the binaries we are fed by seeking ways to connect with others and to ground ourselves beyond the obvious.

Pádraig Spillane is an artist and exhibition-maker based in Cork, Ireland. His work has been exhibited in Kerlin Gallery, Dublin; Treignac Projet, France; and CCA Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland. He has curated exhibitions featuring Viviane Sassen, Dara McGrath, Tom Climent, Miriam O’Connor, Zhang Kechun, and Mariela Sancari. Spillane is a 2012 graduate from the MA in Art & Process at CIT Crawford College of Art & Design.

CIT Crawford College of Art & Design (CCAD) is a vibrant multi-campus College, which has been providing education in the arts for over 200 years. Crawford graduates are among Ireland’s top artists, designers, media designers and communicators, art therapists and art educationalists.

12 Star Gallery, Europe House,
32 Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3EU

10 am – 6pm, Monday – Friday
For private views please contact
+44 (0) 20 7973 1992