Newsletter – December 2021

Jaki Irvine, Sweettooth (1993) and Star (1994), screening on 'aemi online' until early 2022
Image courtesy of the artist: still from Sweettooth, 3 minutes, originally shot on Super8

Hi there,

As 2021 winds down, aemi would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone we have worked with over the year. We are indebted to all the film artists, writers, tour venues, festivals and individuals who partner with us to bring moving image work by artists and experimental filmmakers to audiences and viewers across Ireland and beyond. We would like to especially acknowledge the support of the Arts Council.

Our programming extends over the holidays and we are thrilled to present an exhibition on ‘aemi online’ of Star and Sweettooth, two of the first films by artist Jaki Irvine, originally shot on Super 8 in the 1990s. Writer Gwen Burlington adeptly discusses the symmetries between the two films in her accompanying introductory text, exploring how each film uses disparities – between what we see on-screen and hear – to build senses of the world that are strange and uncanny.

We are very much looking forward to kicking off 2022 with So, what did you do today? Films selected by Isabel Nolan on Wednesday 6:15pm 12th January at Irish Film Institute in Dublin. The programme, curated by artist Isabel Nolan and featuring films by Joan Jonas, Anita Delaney, Daria Martin and Jack Smith among others, is a rich mix of material that illuminates Nolan’s wider practice and which celebrates, in her words, “odd and gloriously impractical actions”. Book soon to avoid disappointment in January, tickets available here

Wishing everyone a festive time over the next couple of weeks, and a very happy New Year!

Daniel Fitzpatrick, Alice Butler, and Emer Lynch

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aemi & IFI present: 'So, what did you do today? Films selected by Isabel Nolan'
In-person screening and introduction, 6:15pm Wednesday 12th January 2022
Image: Joan Jonas's My New Theater V: Moving in Place (Dog Dance), courtesy of Joan Jonas Studio

Viewing recommendations

Queen’s Theatre Belfast, Tadhg O’Sullivan, To the Moon, showing 26 – 30 December 2021

Crawford Art Gallery, Cork – Artists’ Film International, Part Two features short films by Sajia Sediqi (selected by Centre for Contemporary Arts, Afghanistan), Patty Chang (selected by Ballroom Marfa, Texas) and Polina Kanis (selected by Moscow Museum of Modern Art). Open gallery hours until 23 January 2022

The Douglas Hyde Gallery – Onyeka Igwe, The names have changed, including my own and truths have been altered (2019), selected by Éireann and I, this online screening is the third of ‘Art from the African Diaspora’ as part of Alice Rekab’s multi-platform project FAMILY LINES. Online screening until 23 December 2021

Upcoming deadlines for film artists

Arts Council of Ireland Film Bursary Award and Agility Award, both due 3 February

Open City Documentary Festival, London, early bird deadline 14 January

The Oberhausen Seminar 2022, organised by International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Germany) with with the The Flaherty (New York), LUX (London) and Doc’s Kingdom (Lisboa), the seminar is accepting applications from international artists, filmmakers, curators and researchers, it takes place in Germany in May and will be held in English, deadline 15 February

Check out the regularly updated list here

'Periodical Review 11'
Image: Eimear Walshe, The Land Question: Where the fuck am I supposed to have sex?

‘Periodical Review 11: Return to Disintegration’
Pallas Projects, Dublin, until 23 January 2022

This year’s Periodical Review exhibition – selected by Mark Cullen, Gavin Murphy, Sheena Barrett and aemi co-director Alice Butler – notably highlights the strength of moving image practice throughout Ireland in 2021. Including work by Jenny Brady, Ailbhe Cunningham & Aoife Desmond, Emma Wolf-Haugh, Barbara Knežević, Orla McHardy, Dennis McNulty, Jennie Moran/Home Bodies, Alice Rekab & Louise Meade, Eimear Walshe, and Frank Wasser amongst others, the exhibition is accompanied for the first time by an in-depth commissioned essay by Laurence Counihan. A long-running curatorial project which is more of a ‘discursive action’ than a group exhibition, Periodical Review is a generous open-ended gesture of ‘critical appraisal and consolidation of ideas and knowledge’ that is uniquely collaborative and experimental in form.