Dissolutions
Films by Stan Brakhage / Carolee Schneemann
With a performance by Sissy

Friday, February 3, at 7pm

 

The Douglas Hyde Gallery, in association with aemi (Artists’ and Experimental Moving Image), present a programme of 16mm short-film screenings by Stan Brakhage and Carolee Schneemann:
 
Cat’s Cradle (dir. Stan Brakhage, 1959, silent, 6 minutes)
Fuses (dir. Carolee Schneemann, 1965, silent, 25 minutes)
Plumb Line (dir. Carolee Schneemann, 1968-1972, with sound, 15 minutes)
 
Reflecting on the filming of Cat’s Cradle, in which she appears, Carolee Schneemann remarked, “whenever I collaborated, went into a male friend’s film, I always thought that I would be able to hold my presence, maintain an authenticity. It was soon gone, lost in their celluloid dominance—a terrifying experience—experiences of true dissolution.”
 
The fragmentary and abstract language of the films' editing deconstructs any narrative, but strongly suggests the breakdown of relationships and a miscommunication of perspectives. These films instigate ideas about domesticity and an individual’s role within that space, whether it is dismantling expectations of that conception, or re-defining them on one’s own terms.
 
The films will be followed with a performance by Sissy.
 
Sissy are a feminist D.I.Y punk band from Dublin. Their sharp and energetic sound, fused with a derisive tone, draws much needed attention to vital political and societal issues of abortion, sexual assault and the reality of living under patriarchy.They have toured around the Ireland and the UK since 2014 and released their first 7” EP, Gave Birth To A Mum, last year. Their next release is due in early 2017.
 
www.sissydublin.bandcamp.com
 
Tickets for this event are €10 and can be purchased here.
 
aemi is an independent agency dedicated to the support and exhibition of artists’ & experimental moving image. A key objective is to develop audiences for artists’ moving image in Ireland through regular, curated programmes of both Irish and international work with the intention of contributing to and developing critical discourse around a wide range of practices in this area.
 
www.aemi.ie
 
Cat’s Cradle is screened with permission of Canyon Cinema, San Francisco. Fuses and Plumb Line are screened courtesy of LUX.
 
www.canyoncinema.com
www.lux.org.uk

Image: Still from Fuses, 1965, by Carolee Schneemann