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Five Things We Learned This Week – February 6th 2015

1) PLASTIK 2015 is coming


PLASTIK is an inaugural international festival of artists’ moving image. Over three weekends in February, through a series of events taking place in Galway, Cork and Dublin. The festival is a collaboration between LUX Critical Forum Dublin (a meeting group for artists involved with the moving image), LUX, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and the Irish Film Institute.


Curated by Megs Morley

PLASTIK Galway, subtitled ‘A State Within a State’, takes place on Saturday 7th February and will explore essay film. Features work by 2014 Turner Prize winner Duncan Campbell, as well as works from Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Louis Henderson, guest Brad Butler (the Museum of Non- Participation) and a tribute to the late Harun Farocki. A talk will also take place with Laura Rascaroli (UCC) who has written extensively on this area of practice.

CORK 13 / 14 / 15 FEBRUARY
Curated by Aoife Desmond

PLASTIK Cork (mainly taking place in Crawford Art Gallery and Triskel Arts Centre) is subtitled ‘Phenomenal Love’ and considers in particular ‘expanded cinema’ gestures as they relate to contemporary practice. Special festival guests Luis Recoder and Sandra Gibson from New York will open ‘Phenomenal Love’ with a performance of their new work ‘Obliteration’. They will also present their seminal film installation ‘LightSpill’ and participate in the critical discussion ‘Film Is Dead, Long Live Film’. Guest curator Peter Taylor will present his programme ‘Plastic Passion’ which includes works by Wim Gijzen, Tim Leyendekker, James Richards (2014 Turner Prize Nominee) and Ben Russell. PLASTIK Cork also includes collaborative events with Plugd records and The Guesthouse with guest artists SineLove! (the Croatian audio visual duo) and Lichun Tseng Taiwanese film artist working at Filmwerkplaatz in Rotterdam.

DUBLIN 20 / 21 / 22 FEBRUARY
Curated by Jenny Brady, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Sibyl Montague & Fifi Smith

Spread over three days and a number of venues PLASTIK Dublin opens on Friday 20th with a programme of films selected by Gerard Byrne and Sarah Pierce from the LUX archive. All screening events at PLASTIK Dublin take place at the Irish Film Institute and will include works by David Gatten (a special guest of the festival), Cerith Wyn Evans, Laure Prouvost, John Smith, Cory Arcangel, Frances Stark, and many more. There will also be a number of discursive events initiated with the support of Maeve Connolly (IADT) and Benjamin Cook (LUX), with talks taking place at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. Saturday evening will feature a live performance by London based artist Hannah Sawtell and the festival will close on Sunday evening with a focus on the work of Christoph Schlingensief. Other guests of the festival include curators Filipa Ramos (Vdrome), Peter Taylor (IFFR), Guillaume Breton (Rowing Projects) and attending speakers including Regina Barunke (Temporary Gallery), George Clark (TATE) and Isla Leaver-Yap (LUX Scotland).

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