Sunday 15 February, 18:30h

Absences and (Im)possibilities. Traces of an experimental cinema in Ireland

Xcèntric, the CCCB's cinema

Ireland is a geographically isolated country; for this very reason, it has developed its own idiosyncrasy—in the audiovisual field, too. This session takes a wide-ranging look at a chronology that takes us from the beginnings of the cinema to today’s video creation, from the classical approach to the avant-garde; from Buster Keaton, to Samuel Beckett’s Film, punk performer Lydia Lunch, a central figure on New York’s No Wave scene in the late seventies, portrayed in super-8 by her friend Vivienne Dick, via anonymous pedestrians in a Dublin street filmed by a Lumière Brothers agent.

"Absences and (Im)possibilities" is a programme of experimental Irish film curated by the Experimental Film Club (Aoife Desmond, Alan Lambert, Donal Foreman and Esperanza Collado), commissioned by Irish Film Institute International and supported by Culture Ireland.

People Walking in Sackville Street, Alexandre Promio, Lumière Brothers, 1897, 50 s; By Accident (excerpt), Norris Davidson, 1930, 3 min 40 s; Film, Samuel Beckett/Alan Schneider, 1964, 21 min; Guerrillere Talks, Vivienne Dick, 1978, 24 min; Hereafter, Paddy Jolley, Rebecca Trost/Inger Lise Hansen, 2004, 13 min; Late Arrival, Barry Ronan, 2006, 2 min; With Wind & White Cloud, Dónal Ó Céilleachair, 2005, 5 min; Mongolian Barbecue, Maximilian Le Cain, 2009, 11 min; 04:59, Michael Higgins, 2013, 6 min; Horses, Esperanza Collado, 2011, 2 min; The Predicament of Man, Jesse Jones, 2010, 3 min.