Personal Growth, Sirius Art Centre/Cork Film Festival

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Vicky Langan / Maximilian Le Cain

Opens Saturday 09 November, 1.30pm (Artist’s Talk, Screening & Q&A) Followed by drinks reception at 3.30pm

In partnership with Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh

Continues until Friday 20 December 2019.

Personal Growth is a new Super-8 film work by Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain. Over the course of their decade-long filmmaking collaboration, Langan and Le Cain have created an intimate, distinctive universe built on a striking match between Langanʼs magnetic, often troubling and intense presence as a performer and Le Cainʼs hypnotically disruptive visual rhythms.   

Personal Growth is a new Super-8 film work, an enigmatic, fragmented piece that could have been filmed at any point in the past sixty years. It conveys the haunting charge of a privately made home movie of great significance to its creators but unsettlingly mysterious to viewers. Its grainy, black and white texture vividly renders the elemental coastal seascapes where it was filmed. Langan & Le Cain appear as a couple who inhabit this wild terrain as if it were a domestic arena.   

Langan’s work operates across several overlapping fields, chiefly performance, sound, and film. She both embraces and projects vulnerability, offering an intimate territory loaded with personal symbolism and unguarded emotion. In opening herself emotionally, she creates warm yet discomforting rituals that at once embrace the viewer and remain resolutely private, exploring the limits of what can be shared between people and what must remain mysterious. Le Cainʼs filmmaking proposes a personal relationship with cinema as a site of haunting. Accepted visual and storytelling codes are encouraged to collapse into a more personalised system that approaches moving imagery as an experiential construct open to possession by multiple claims of memory and interpretation. 

Langan / Le Cain are based in Cork. They are 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 festival

Langan & Le Cain have made sixteen moving image works together. Their Arts Council funded feature film Inside(2017) was exhibited at TULCA Festival of Visual Arts; VISUAL as part of Carlow Arts Festival; and screened at The Luminous Void Experimental Film Festival, Dublin. Retrospectives of their film work have taken place at The Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival; the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; and at Microscope Gallery, New York. They also collaborate on live performances involving projection. Double-Blind, the most recent of these, premiered at the 2018 Cork Midsummer Festival. 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.    

This event will begin with an artists’ talk, followed by the first screening and Q&A, starting at 1.30pm, as part of Cork Film Festival. All welcome. Admission free.

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EFS at Hošek Contemporary, Berlin

Brine Twice Daily (Langan/Le Cain, 2015)

Brine Twice Daily (Langan/Le Cain, 2015)

A programme of Experimental Film Society films will be screening at Hošek Contemporaryin Berlin, Germany on Thursday 5th September 2019 at 6PM.

Address: Hosek Contemporary MS Heimatland / Fisherinsel, 10179 Berlin, Germany

Facebook Event HERE

Filmmaker Matias Donoso kindly organised the screening and will be presenting the films.

Experimental Film Society (an Irish company dedicated to the production and screening of experimental cinema) 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 since 2000. Its films adopt an exploratory approach to filmmaking and foreground mood, atmosphere, visual rhythms, and the often-startling sensory interplay of sound and image. As EFS filmmakers 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.

The Programme:

1_Bogna Kirchoff By Chris O’Neill (2019) / 6mins / Ireland

Bogna Kirchoff takes imagery from a 1970s espionage thriller and warps the imagery into a surreal abstract film focussing on one supporting female character.

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

Brine 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: 77mins

Response to Land(ed) at Lavit Gallery, Cork

UPDATE:

I regret to announce that due to illness, my performance at the Lavit Gallery this evening has been cancelled. A recording will be made available via GLAS Contemporary in the near future. Apologies to anyone who had planned on attending!

-Vicky Langan

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GLAS Contemporary recently invited me to develop a sound-response to Land(ed), the exhibition that’s on show at the Lavit Gallery this month. The exhibition coincides with Cork Craft Month in the city and county and is guest curated by Stephen O’Connell. O’Connell is the founder of GLAS, a new platform for contemporary Irish craft and design. I’ve loved getting to know the work and processes of the artists involved and look forward to sharing my response to the exhibition on Thursday 29th August from 6pm at Lavit Gallery, Cork. ⁣

Land(ed) features the work of Joe Hogan, Mourne Textiles, Stuart Cairns, Elain eRiordan, Simon Kidd, Alan Meredith, and Mandy Parslow.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/the-lavit-gallery/landed-vicky-langan-a-soundperformative-response/372361906776739/

http://lavitgallery.com

Féile na Gréine

DJing at Limerick’s Féile na Gréine on Sunday 18th August 2019. You can catch me at the closing session of the festival at The Commerical alongside Dennis As a Landlord, Jinx Lennon, Messying, Dan Walsh & Jack Brolly, and Tension.

>> Facebook event page <<

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Cork is the Lee

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Recorded river sounds at both Gougane Barra & Western Europe’s sole post-glacial alluvial forest The Gearagh today for Dr. Richard Scriven’s forthcoming podcast series on the River Lee.

The podcast titled ‘Cork is the Lee’ will combine historical accounts, audio recordings of the river, and the stories of Corkonians to illustrate the ongoing importance of the Lee for communities and commerce. Cork is the Lee will be released in August for Heritage Week and is supported by a Cork City Council local heritage grant.

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We Are The Proposers | Third Year Sculpture & Combined Media and Photography, Film, Video Exhibition

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.

Ouhm at Osho - DJs Glocke & Aaaa - Easter Monday

Closing out the Easter weekender at Osho this afternoon with * Ouhm at Osho - DJs Glocke & Aaaa *
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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...

EFS | Vertigo, Tiblisi, Georgia

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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

  • Programme One:

Phantom Islands (2018) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / 86mins / Ireland

  • Programme Two:

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

Vicky Langan at the 343, Belfast

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! 

Irish Frankensteins - Paddy's Day 2019

Poster by Annie May and Tess Olwill

Poster by Annie May and Tess Olwill

Jinx Lennon - Neanderthal beats,words like bullets ,brain enriching noise.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m953zflLzZg

The Deadlians - Surreal punk ballad band.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKxv2P3FUZo

Big Monster Love - Dublin's anti folk poet.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rORBUkmdVdY

M.C. and Fear an Tí (be afraid) on the night - Hugh Cooney


Gramophone Music Dj's:
Vicky Langan (DJ) - Experimental, trad, weird
http://www.vickylangan.com/deejay

Paddy Bloomer (DJ) - Artist inventor explorer and plumber based in Belfast.
http://www.paddybloomer.com/

Padhraic Colm Proncias [DJ PCP] ( Bad Mouth Music & Skin and Bone drum Set)

Glamourous, private city centre location.(DM for address)
Tickets €12
Earlybirds 1 - €8
Earlybirds 2 - €10

Luminous Void: Docudrama

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

Details

Duration: 71 Minutes
Year: 2019
Country: Ireland
Distributor: EFS

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

More info

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

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Ouhm at O’Sho, Cork

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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 Episode 2 w/ Vicky Langan - Dublin Digital Radio

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.

https://listen.dublindigitalradio.com/

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 >>

Langan/Le Cain at LSAD

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)

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Artist-in-Residence | Imagine Festival of Ideas and Politics

 

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.