A new programme of contemporary artist film curated by aemi for the 67th annual Cork International Film Festival
‘Figure Ground Perception’ is a new cinema programme curated by aemi of recent films by artist filmmakers. The programme includes two works by Portuguese-American filmmaker Fern Silva, aemi’s Artist-in-Focus at CIFF, and the premiere of a newly commissioned film by Irish artist Frank Sweeney (aemi & Sirius Film Commission 2022).
In addition, the programme features recent works by international filmmakers Sky Hopinka, Morgan Quaintance, and Christiana Perschon. Collectively these films consider the role of the artist in relation to communities of place.
Post-screening Q&A with filmmakers Fern Silva and Frank Sweeney
Christiana Perschon, Sekundenarbeiten, 2021, Austria, 14 minutes
Christiana Perschon presents an extraordinary portrait of a reclusive female artist, Lieselott Beschorner, but also a consideration of the fundamental properties of film.
Fern Silva, Scales in the Spectrum of Space, 2015, USA, 7 minutes
A glimpse into the collective memory of the city of Chicago at the invitation of the Chicago Film Archive, with music by Phil Cohran. Filmmaker present
Morgan Quaintance, Missing Time, 2019, United Kingdom, 15 minutes
Missing Time is a film that considers the relation between amnesia, concealed histories, state secrecy and the constitution of the self.
Sky Hopinka, Kicking the Clouds, 2021, USA, 16 minutes
A reflection on descendants and ancestors, guided by a 50 year old audio recording of Hopinka’s grandmother learning the Pechanga language from her mother.
Fern Silva, Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder, 2017, USA, 9 minutes
A 16mm portrait of a multi-generational artist community, a meditation on landscape, and a swan song for the idyll of rural America. Filmmaker present
Frank Sweeney, 2 Channel Land, 2022, Ireland, 15 minutes
The world premiere of Frank Sweeney’s hybrid docu-fiction which explores the history of analogue radio and television signals spilling across the borders of these islands. aemi/ Sirius Film Commission 2022, Filmmaker present
Total running time 76 mins