A mother’s love for her baby • Is it a knife because.. • Music for Solo Performer

Sunday 5 March, 14:15

Run Time

65 mins
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Content Warnings

Blood / gore Mental health issues Mild physical violence Physical / emotional abuse

Three concentrated doses of cinematic pleasure. Artists in this programme meditate on storytelling and agency, synthesising practices of filmmaking and living to suggest new forms of intergenerational care. The ways we interpret our collective selves are explored through tender engagements with technologies of record and remembrance.

A mother’s love for her baby

Using a combination of 3D animation and experimental prose, A mother’s love for her baby explores the corruption and conditions endemic in the Magdalene Laundries and mother and baby homes run by the Catholic church in Ireland throughout the 20th century. Influenced by Saidiya Hartman’s concept of “critical fabulation” – the use of storytelling to fill the gaps left in historical records – the film advocates for a bottom-up form of historiography: centring historically marginalised voices of Irish women and critiquing the structures of power that (re)produce their dispossession.

Director Biographies

Cat McClay and Éiméar McClay are Irish collaborative artists currently based in Glasgow. In 2020, they graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in Intermedia Art. Their practice considers ideas of queerness, abjection and patriarchal systems of power and oppression through an interdisciplinary body of work comprising video, 3D models, installation and digital collage.

Director Filmographies

Queer Use (2020), A body is a body is a body (2021), I guess I need you baby (2021), A mother’s love for her baby (2022), I looked for you all my life but could not find you (2022)

Production Year

2022

Premiere

Directors

Country

Subtitle Language

English

Content Warnings

Blood / gore Mental health issues Mild physical violence Physical / emotional abuse

Primary Contact

Éiméar McClay

Animation

Éiméar McClay Cat McClay

Art direction

Éiméar McClay Cat McClay

Sound design

Éiméar McClay Cat McClay

Editor

Éiméar McClay Cat McClay

Production designer

Éiméar McClay Cat McClay

Script

Éiméar McClay Cat McClay

Is it a knife because…

A film made at home; an uncompromising look at ways in which parenthood and the process of filmmaking crush into each other. Through a collection of family videos, the film challenges the dynamics of agency that children and grown-ups have over their images. Different forms of entangled love and violence are rendered visible and audible within the household setting in an honest attempt to understand where light comes from — and all the while, the police are outside the window.

Director Biographies

Sirah and Eitan (both °1983, Tel Aviv) live and work in Brussels, collaborating in the audiovisual field. Their practice focuses on the potentialities of image economies – moving or still – the relations between spectatorship and history; and the temporality of narratives and memory. They teach an MA in video at ERG, Brussels, and are part of the artist-run collective, Messidor. Their works have screened at film festivals including IDFA; Rotterdam Film Festival; Courtisane; and New Horizons. They have exhibited in solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel and Argos, and in group exhibitions in STUK; EMAF and The Petah-Tikva Museum for Contemporary Arts. They have been presented as featured artists at the 59th Flaherty Film Seminar, and Doc’s kingdom and have participated in artists talks and presentations in institutions such as FLACC, Genk, LUCA BFA class, Brussels, L’erg BFA class, Brussels, DocNomads and SIC.

Director Filmographies

Printed Matter (2011), Journal (2013), NDS (2015), Orientation (2015), Miroir Séb Fragile ! (2017), The Magic Mountain (2020), Meeting a Flower Halfway (2021)

Production Year

2022

Premiere

Directors

Country

Dialogue Languages

French Hebrew

Subtitle Language

English

Primary Contact

Sirah Foighel Brutmann

Music for Solo Performer

Part-homage, part-sequel, Music for Solo Performer is a filmic reimagining of composer Alvin Lucier’s work for amplified brainwaves, drawing connections between the 1969 composition, speech synthesis and the passing of the filmmaker’s mother. Brady’s disparate assemblage of found sound and image – including EEG analysis, a Jerry Lewis Telethon and the first pizza ordered via synthesized voice – combines to form a densely concentrated transmission of cinematic pleasure, meditating on the relationship between illness and technology with pathos and care.

Director Biography

Jenny Brady is an artist filmmaker based in Dublin, exploring ideas around speech, translation and communication. Her films have been presented with LUX, The New York Film Festival, This Long Century, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, MUBI, International Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, TENT Rotterdam, EMAF, Videonale, Camden International Film Festival, London Film Festival, Images Festival, November Film Festival, the Irish Film Institute, EVA International, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Whitechapel gallery and Tate Liverpool. She is a studio artist at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and her works are distributed by LUX.

Director Filmography

Music for Solo Performer (2022), Receiver (2019), Going to the Mountain (2016), Bone (2015), Wow and Flutter (2013), Carve Up (2013)

Production Year

2022

Premiere

Director

Country

Dialogue Language

English

Primary Contact

Jenny Brady