Thursday, August 29, 2013

Rashidi / Le Cain Screening in Leon

This event, curated by Esperanza Collado, will feature the premiere of a new medium-length Rashidi / Le Cain work, H7HSP160 Regression, starring John McCarthy.

Experimental Film Society: Rouzbeh Rashidi & Maximilian Le Cain
Thursday September 5 2013, 20h
MUSAC, Av de los Reyes Leoneses, 24 24008 León, Spain
Filmmakers in attendance.
Experimental Film Society is a creative organization founded in Tehran (Iran) in 2000, dedicated to producing and distributing low-budget independent and experimental films, from a dozen filmmakers and artists scattered around the globe. The session will consist of a sample of recent work by its most prolific members: Rouzbeh Rashidi, founder and promoter of the institution, and Maximilian Le Cain, honorary member and exponent of contemporary Irish experimental film. The duo will attend the session and questions from the audience after the screenings.
In the lobby of the auditorium there will be displayed throughout the day H7HSP160 REGRESSION, an audiovisual piece conducted as a dialogue between the two authors, and especially designed for this context. H7HSP160 REGRESSION is an articulated assembly from two recently completed feature films in which Le Cain and Rashidi have collaborated. It is a continuation of complementary and personal concerns that intimately connect with cinema.
Indwell Extinction of Hawks in Remoteness (Rouzbeh Rashidi, 61 mins, VHS, sound, b&w, Iran & Ireland, 2012)
Areas of Sympathy (Maximilian Le Cain, 40 mins, VHS & DV, sound, b&w, Ireland, 2013)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Galway 'Death Drive'

'Death Drive', Galway Arts Centre's September exhibition, will include three of my videos: Point of Departure (2007), Background (2011) and Areas of Sympathy (2013, still above).

Death Drive
Vanessa Donoso Lopez
Stine Marie Jacobsen
Maximilian Le Cain
Siobhán McGibbon

Curated by Maeve Mulrennan
Galway Arts Centre
September 7 – October 5 2013
Opening reception 6pm Friday 6th September

Death Drive is a group exhibition by four artists; Vanessa Donoso Lopez, Stine Marie Jacobsen, Maximilian Le Cain and Siobhán McGibbon.

The artists were invited to explore the idea of Freud’s Death Drive within their practices. Freud’s theory claimed that each person has a drive towards becoming an inorganic state; it is what pushes us into reimagining and re-enacting traumas; either literally or through our relationships with other people and places throughout our lifetimes. For this exhibition, Donoso Lopez, Le Cain, Jacobsen and McGibbon were specifically asked to consider the actions of repetition and re-enactment as forms of dealing with trauma and traumatic memories.
(Maeve Mulrennan)

Monday, August 26, 2013


Here are some wonderful photos by Angelique Cheronnet of the Gorging Limpet Materials performance at Temple Bar Gallery last week:

Saturday, August 17, 2013


With Gorging Limpet Materials, a pocket sized version of Gorging Limpet, coming up this Thursday in Dublin, here are some images from the original presentation taken by Rouzbeh Rsashidi:

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Screening/Performance at Experimental Film Club, Dublin, August 22nd

Esperanza Collado has programmed an evening of Experimental Film Society work for the Experimental Film Club on Thursday August 22nd, including a performance by Karen Power and me using audio/visual materials from Gorging Limpet.

Here are Esperanza's programme notes: 

Spectres of Memory 

A programme of experimental films followed by an expanded cinema performance. Filmmakers in person.

6:30pm / Thursday 22 August 2013

Irish Film Institute (6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin) and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (5-9 Temple Bar)

Tickets available here.

This month's programme showcases four of Ireland's most outstanding contemporary artists working consistently in the field of experimental filmmaking. If there is a common spark that links the work of Rouzbeh Rashidi, Michael Higgins, Dean Kavanagh, and Maximilian Le Cain, it is the belief that cinema is the last device capable of reaching the mind through the senses, reminding us that cinematic qualities are deeply related to our own metabolism. Their resistance to the accepted rules of the filmmaking industry results in a total creative freedom where exploratory processes lead to a defiantly personal film practice that combines poetic forms with subversion. Their keen awareness of cinema histories is matched only by their common devotion (the only necessary driving force) to reinventing a medium in the age of its apparent death. And their individual creative visions have noticeably gained in force over recent years. Along with a handful of other international artists, they are all members of Experimental Film Society, a group that the EFC is overdue in paying homage to. Experimental Film Society was founded by Rashidi in 2000 in Iran to preserve, promote and distribute the work of its members. It has also undoubtedly stimulated many collaborations and common projects within the group, as well as the restless curatorial practice and critical writing related to this project and its members by Maximilian Le Cain, a leading figure in contemporary Irish experimental film whose work we have shown in past programmes.

This programme focuses on the spectral quality which is inherent in film's materiality and decadence, as well as being deeply embedded in our collective cinematic consciousness. A ghostly quality in the form of oblique memories and pulsations runs through each of the works selected for this session to a different degree. Michael Higgins' Some Must Watch While Some Must Sleep explores ideas of dream, memory and time. It was shot in Alberta and British Columbia on 30 rolls of expired Kodak Super8 stock, utilising unorthodox hand-processing and telecine techniques in order to highlight the unique characteristics of celluloid subject to destruction and decay. Dean Kavanagh is, in Le Cain's words, “Irish cinema best-kept secret”, and in The Distance, as well as in other works by this Wicklow-based film poet, memory plays an essential role, “or, more specifically, the flimsiness of the divide between the intensity of the impression of a given moment and its memory, with the mechanics of image-making providing the solution in which these two states are dissolved" (Le Cain).

Rouzbeh Rashidi is a 'cinemist', a term borrowed from visionary Spanish experimental filmmaker, theorist and inventor José Val del Omar that combines in one the words 'cineaste' and 'alchemist'. This affinity could be expanded even further if the presence of a spectral, quasi-tactile impression achieved through light pulsation and a ghostly mysticism that is common to the work of both artists were taken into consideration. Rashidi’s piece in this programme, HSP #150, is one of the key installments in his enormous, ongoing audio-visual laboratory Homo Sapiens Project. Using 16mm and 35mm footage, and featuring an impressionistic portrait of Zurich-based filmmaker Jann Clavadetscher, HSP #150 is a cryptic, often darkly surreal excerpt of the larger film diary series which is generally permeated by an eerie sense of mystery reminiscent of horror and classic sci-fi cinema.

The session will conclude with a special event that will take place at the Temple Bar Gallery studios right after the screening. Maximilian Le Cain and composer Karen Power will present Gorging Limpet Materials, a collaborative performance that uses sound, film and video to conjure a mysterious zone of elusive sounds and images that hint at a ghostly realm of submerged memory. This is a specially prepared version of Gorging Limpet, a much larger scale performance/installation that took place in Cork this summer.



IRELAND/SWITZERLAND 2013 36 MINS DSLR 35MM 16MM ON VIDEO COLOUR SOUND (Homo Sapiens Project was funded by an Arts Council Film Project Award)

(Gorging Limpet Materials was funded by an Arts Council Film Project Award)

Friday, August 09, 2013

Cinema Cyanide's KILLER SALE

More sinister sounds from the three experimental filmmakers who call themselves Cinema Cyanide when they feel like making noise. Our third release, Killer Sale, can be heard here:

Monday, August 05, 2013

Entrevista a Esperanza Collado

Those lucky enough to understand Spanish are advised to proceed immediately to this lengthy, in-depth radio interview with Consecutive Impostor Esperanza Collado: