Monday, May 04, 2020

LUX Critical Forum Programme Online @ Triskel Phantoscope



Triskel Recommends is a weekly series in which they recommend films to stream online while they are unable to screen movies as a collective experience. This week they are presenting a special programme of Cork-made artists’ moving image curated by Phantoscope, Triskel’s quarterly experimental film event. It is drawn from participants in LUX Critical Forum Cork.

The seven films that make up this programme give an enthralling reflection of the current richness of artists’ moving image in Cork. Aisling O Connell, Natasha Bourke, Mieke Vanmechelen, Arran Tenzin Bradstock, Michael Holly, David Bickley and James McCann offer distinctive visions of what contemporary experimental moving image can be.

The films can be viewed here from today until May 10th:

https://triskelartscentre.ie/events/triskel-recommends-4-10-may/

Initiated in 2019, the Critical Forum is a discussion group for artists, critics and curators who have an investment in the future of the moving image. It is a space for criticality and debate in a mutually supportive environment and operates in dialogue with Critical Forum groups in Dublin and across the UK. This programme was first screened at the Luminous Void Experimental Film Festival last December.

Image: Sodomy Sunday (Aisling O Connell)

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

I Am An Instrument: PANOPTICON

A special one-time-only showing of Close Watch Television will be streamed as part of ‘I Am An Instrument: PANOPTICON’ which runs this Saturday night, April 11th, from 19:15 until around midnight. Curated by Katie Gerardine O’Neill, it features an incredible lineup of acts including Graham Dunning, Suzanne Walsh, Natalia Beylis and Oli Ryan. 

Close Watch Televsion is made for all the thousands of people out there who’ve spent years wondering why I’m not in charge of a major TV network. This garbled ephemeral hodgepodge remix audiovisual splurge will show you what would happen if I was in control of telly content – and understand why such a catastrophe must be averted at all costs. CWTV stars Le Cain as Moon Tiger and Richard the Goat as JG Ballard. 

Sunday, April 05, 2020

FLUXUS @ RE:VOIR


This evening, Sunday April 5th, a brief work by me will screen as part of a 40-film live streaming Fluxus programme curated by Mathilde Bila on the Re:Voir Facebook page at 8pm Paris time. Delighted to be involved!

Thursday, April 02, 2020

INSIDE Acquired For Arts Council Collection


The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon has acquired Inside, the 2017 Langan / Le Cain feature film, for the Arts Council Collection. We're honoured and delighted!

The Arts Council's Collection of 20th and 21st century Irish art was established in 1962 and is one of the most important national collections in the country. All of the pieces in it were collected while the artists were working, rather than being a museum where works are collected retrospectively. The Collection tells the story of modern Irish art as it developed over fifty years.

It can be browsed at artscouncil.emeuseum.com

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

INSIDE on EFS VOD



Vicky Langan / Maximilian Le Cain‘s Inside (2017) is now available for streaming on the Experimental Film Society video on-demand platform, here

An Experimental Film Society / Close Watch production funded by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Inside is the first Langan / Le Cain feature. It excavates the sensations, desires and elusive chimeras of one woman’s inner life. Taking place in the isolated setting of a remote country cottage, it summons a haunting portrait of a woman adrift in a personal reality formed of her domestic rituals and frustrations. At once lyrical, unsettling and perverse, Inside is a chart of the growth patterns of solitude.

“A great film work… unsettling but really, really good.” – Kay Sheehy, RTÉ Arena

“Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain’s experimental 70-minute film Inside eludes categorisation. It occupies an indeterminate space that includes aspects of film, from fiction to essay film, and performance art. Focusing with unwavering and unnerving intensity on Langan as the main protagonist, it is largely static but hypnotically watchable.” – Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times

“Inside, the first feature film by the duo Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain, who have already made numerous short films, is a work that explores the inner life of a woman in psychic breakdown. The two directors explore this inner decadence through a masterly manipulation of the film medium… Inside is another great film from the Experimental Film Society, one that absolutely deserves consideration and an audience.” – CinePensieri

“…this dissonant, wordless and deeply melancholic lullaby is in equal measures evocative and alienating, its echoes entangled in dewy spider webs, glued to window glasses and absorbed by lush vegetation surrounding the home of an unnamed, isolated and perturbed heroine (portrayed with quirky, magnetic intensity by Langan herself). It defies any attempt to be properly categorized, let alone be pigeonholed into a definition, so take the following comparison(s) with a grain of salt: think Tarkovsky or Sokurov by way of Garrel or Duras with hints of self-denying performance art and you might get the slight idea of what to expect from it.” – Nikola Gocić

“Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain’s 2017 film, Inside, charts the evolution of an embryonic nuclear unit. It is set in an isolated rural dwelling in which something is slowly being incubated: individuation, perhaps, or collaborative self-effacement. Atomised moments excavate a process of withdrawal and symbiotic alienation. The film’s ornate, finely wrought surfaces belie a slow and destructive engulfment. Flesh as grass and existential dread are deadened by an epidural of repetitions and circumlocutions. Evergreen breath extrudes a slippery visual progeny.” – CIRCA Art Magazine

Monday, March 02, 2020

EFS @ HYB4 Film


A programme of Experimental Film Society films will screen at Kampus Hybernska, Prague on March 9th.

1_Fragments by Chris O’Neill (2019) / 3mins / Ireland
2_I’m Not a Doctor (2019) By Michael Higgins / 3mins / Ireland
3_Blood in the Butter (2019) By Shelly Kamiel / 21 mins / USA
4_Personal Growth (2019) By Vicky Langan / Maximilian Le Cain / 24mins / Ireland
5_The Underworld (2019) By Jann Clavadetscher / 17mins / Ireland
6_Kinetics (2018) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / 11mins / Ireland

Friday, January 31, 2020

SCORPION'S STONE on VOD


My 2018 feature Scorpion’s Stone is now available for streaming on the Experimental Film Society video on-demand platform.

Scorpion’s Stone – a film that was never there… Four years in the making, this is my most ambitious and challenging work to date. A mysterious underworld is evoked through the aura of obscure abandoned tapes and fictionalized video diaries to reveal the traces of a full-blown B-movie serial. Sounds and images that might mean everything or nothing hover between life and death, as do the characters that drift through them. Over its six-hour running time, Scorpion’s Stone makes use of multiple rhythms and visual textures to repeatedly evoke and dissolve narrative traces. The result is a unique meditation on the haunting malleability of forgotten sounds and images.

Read Nikola Gocić’s insightful Scorpion’s Stone review, here.