Wild-screen took place over two days on March 7th and 8th in the Inagh Hatchery in Connemara. It was a great success and a memorable event for all. Many thanks to everyone who made the pilgrimage into the valley with us to experience wonderful artists films, food and nature.
We have a slight programme change due to a new addition to the Wild-screen event We are delighted that Katie Sanderson will respond to Wild-screen by creating a food project at the March event. Lunch and brunch will be available on Saturday and Sunday between screenings at a great price from this wonderfully creative culinary artist. On Sunday we will now commence at 12pm to fit in Sunday brunch.
Katie Sanderson has been working with food for ten years. She creates food experiences in spaces that are out of the ordinary. Disused warehouse spaces, gallery spaces, a wicklow rainforest. or derelict houses.
Last summer along-side her partner Jasper O Connor (The Dillisk Food Project) they converted a boat shed on the waters edge in Aughrus beg into a restaurant for the summer months. The project sprung from a mutual wish to spend a summer in the west of Ireland and to highlight the produce, the journey and the area for people familiar and unfamiliar with what it has to offer.
She is interested in the use of seaweed as a enhancing ingredient in recipes from the past and going forward. She likes to make vegetables the main focus and at Wild-screen she will create vegetarian dishes that respond to the wilderness of Connemara.
Image by Alex Rose, courtesy of envoy enterprises
All Mountains begin on the ground is an artists book which be launched at Wild-screen in March 2015.
As well as a range of essays, the book includes some amazing image projects by artists such as Alex Rose. Rose's collages will also appear briefly in the screening programme as title images on March 7th.
Image: Laida Lertxundi film still from "Footnotes to a House of Love" 2007
A Wilderness of Elsewheres
Curator and filmmaker Katherine Waugh responds to our project with an afternoon discussion structured in a way which will accentuate potential intersections between the artists and filmmakers in Wild-screen, invited speakers, and the local community. A Wilderness of Elsewheres (a phrase from Robert Smithson's highly influential text A Cinematic Atopia), will draw on tangential and divergent local histories emanating from contested perspectives on the West of Ireland landscape considered anew through alternative aesthetic prisms .
The discussion will engage with how concepts such as the sublime have functioned historically in neo-romantic terms in the West of Ireland, and continue to function in touristic terms in the promotion of Connemara as a National Park and area of natural beauty, and how this aesthetic framework might exclude significant local traces of a post industrial landscape and the socio-cultural complexity associated with this suppressed history.
Invited speakers include three figures with very different perspectives on how a landscape such as that of Connemara can be configured in historical, cultural, literary and cinematic terms. W.J (Bill) McCormack, Moya Cannon and Maximilian Le Cain will contribute to a discussion which will expand important conceptual frameworks related to Wild-screen beyond conventional art and film boundaries and question the nature of representation itself in different disciplines.
Irish artists Louise Manifold and Úna Quigley have been thinking of ways to engage with the local community in Connemara in the lead up to the event.
In October 2014, they invited filmmaker Vivienne Dick to work with 10 transition year students from Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiarain in Carraroe, Connemara.
The young people used Super-8 cameras to explore their environment, talents and ideas.The project gave them the opportunity to take an experimental and visual approach to story using film rather than digital media and to edit on camera. This workshop was supported by Ealaín na Gaeltachta and will be screened in their local area of Carraroe in 2015.
Vivienne Dick said: “The idea was to introduce the magic of filmmaking and film precepts in a fun way and judging by the enthusiasm of the students it appeared to be a success”.
Image: Vivienne Dick, The irreducible difference of the other 2013