Sunday, November 11, 2012

Trailer for Michael Higgins Exhibition

I'm Not a Doctor But I'll Take a Look, Michael Higgins' current exhibition at Cork Film Centre Gallery, Ballincollig, which I curated, has been extended and expanded. It will now run until December 14th and is to be accompanied throughout by Higgins' feature film Some Must Watch While Some Must Sleep, playing on loop in Cork Film Centre's cinema space there.

I'm Not a Doctor But I'll Take a Look
was created in response to the Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills, the historical site now occupied by Cork Film Centre. Three fragmented split-screen projections of hand-processed 35mm black & white film present glimpses of mysterious characters in the post-industrial remains of the Gunpowder Mills. Their appearance and often strange actions make their era impossible to determine, giving them a ghostly resonance. But the battered, aged appearance of the film itself is as important as the images, linking the now moribund technology of celluloid film to the location's industrial past. This connection is accentuated by the other elements in the show: a selection of rusted metal objects relating to the Gunpowder Mills that Higgins found abandoned in nearby woodlands; jars of chemicals; strips of film; and, not least, an intense sound installation that evokes both industrial-age machinery and its ghosts in terms of noise.

To view the new trailer for it:

Some Must Watch While Some Must Sleep (60 mins, 2012) is a hypnotic and oneiric cinematic poem composed from footage Michael Higgins shot on the road in Canada. Using hand-processed film techniques to create an unworldly zone between sleep and wakefulness, it looks at three characters and the things that make them one.

To view the trailer:


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