Supporting and Exhibiting Artists’ and Experimental Moving Image
aemi is a creative platform dedicated to supporting and exhibiting artists’ & experimental moving image work. 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.
aemi also prioritises access to the cinema space as a key exhibition site for visual arts-based moving image works and seeks to develop a strategic approach for the international distribution of moving image works from Irish and Irish-based artists by instituting a system that circulates programmes of Irish work compiled by a jury of experts. aemi endeavours to establish a multi-faceted network of support for artists’ moving image in Ireland. This would strengthen a connection with LUX, an international arts agency for artists who work with the moving image.
aemi was founded in Dublin by Daniel Fitzpatrick and Alice Butler in 2016. Along with Aoife Desmond, Alan Lambert, Donal Foreman and Esperanza Collado, both Daniel and Alice were curatorial members of The Experimental Film Club, a committee that presented over 50 artist and experimental moving image programmes, and since 2010, resided at The Irish Film Insitute.
For EFC, programmes Daniel curated include ‘The Train, The Cinema’ (Jan 2011), Sarah Turner’s Perestroika (Dec 2012), ‘N or NW – Experimental Lineages Within British Documentary Cinema’ (Sept 2013) and ‘The Films of David Gatten’ (Feb 2015) as part of PLASTIK, a festival which he co-curates with Jenny Brady and Sibyl Montague.
Programmes Alice curated for EFC include Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s Riddles of The Sphinx (July 2014), Loop Structures (Aug 2014), Schmeerguntz, Films by Gunvor Nelson (March 2015), and Agnes Martin’s Gabriel (co-curated with Leah Reynolds, July 2015). Alice has also co-curated screenings with Dr Maeve Connolly; Wendelien van Oldenborgh’s Bete & Deise with Sarah Browne’s Something from Nothing (July 2014) and Rehana Zaman’s Some Women Other Women and all the Bittermen with Jaki Irvine’s City of Women (Aug 2015). Alice was the recipient of a Curator in Residence Award from the Arts Council in 2016.
aemi collaborates with a number of other arts organizations and works in partnership with LUX artists’ moving image, The Irish Film Institute and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. aemi is interested in developing relationships with a wide range of other organizations including museums, galleries, festivals and educational establishments, as well as directly with the public and artists.