Each year aemi presents a programme of moving image work by artists and experimental filmmakers at Docs Ireland, aiming to call attention to the diverse ways artists and experimental filmmakers are continuing to deftly expand, enrich and challenge the conventions of the documentary form.
In this programme of remarkable new work from artists Jenny Brady (Ireland), Miryam Charles (Haiti-Canada), Dan Guthrie (U.K.), Jacqueline Holt (U.K.-Northern Ireland) and Sofia Theodore-Pierce (U.S.A.), ideas around voice and lineage are explored through connections to the body or instances of disembodiment. While experiences of disempowerment permeate the works gathered here, they are enacted as loving dedications or expressions of gratitude for those who have made or shaped us.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with featured artists Jenny Brady and Jacqueline Holt.
Jacqueline Holt, Nothing much happening here, 2022, Northern Ireland, DCP, 16 minutes
Dan Guthrie, black strangers, 2022, U.K., DCP, 8 minutes
Miryam Charles, Chanson pour le Nouveau-Monde (Song for the New World), 2021, Canada, DCP, 9 minutes
Sofia Theodore-Pierce, Exterior Turbulence, 2023, U.S.A., DCP, 11 minutes
Jenny Brady, Music for Solo Performer, 2022, Ireland, DCP, 20 minutes
Running time: 64 minutes
Jacqueline Holt, Nothing much happening here
Everything is process, life keeps tripping up previously made plans. I get a new camera and decide to make some test videos before I make the ‘real thing’. I set things up in the morning over the course of a week, writing in bed, recording in bed, testing the exposure. Moving downstairs and in a sort of acknowledgement of the diversion from the original idea, I sort through my ‘research’ into piles of read and unread books. Common themes are Margaret Tait, Ireland, animals, ageing, and mobility. Aspiration cleft into the attainable now and the yet to come into being future.
Dan Guthrie, black strangers
After seeing him mentioned on a Bishop’s Transcript held in Gloucestershire Archives, Dan goes for a walk in the woods in search of Daniel, a man buried in Nympsfield on the 31st of December 1719 and described on the document as ‘a black stranger’. Whilst walking, Dan talks directly to Daniel, speculating about the parallels between him and his namesake and wrestling aloud with the problems that come with trying to read the archive at face value and fill in its gaps. black strangers was co-commissioned by LUX and Independent Cinema Office, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Miryam Charles, Chanson pour le Nouveau-Monde (Song for the New World)
Following the disappearance of a man in Scotland, his daughter recalls words chanted before nightfall.
Sofia Theodore-Pierce, Exterior Turbulence
Seizure dreams, horses, and long distance conversations from bed. Loose reenactments from Marguerite Duras Baxter, Vera Baxter. A year of stormy weather and temporal rupture recalled in fragments. Featuring my mother and other star crossed lovers.
Jenny Brady, 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.