Sites & Rites, Dublin, October 2019

George Clark: Sites & Rites
30 October 2019, Irish Film Institute
Presented by AEMI

Sites & Rites is a new configuration of artist George Clark’s ongoing Eyemo rolls project, a series that interleaves his 35mm film footage with works by other artists. Developed as a means to think about the cinema as a space of montage and a site of cultural entanglement, this programme considers contested territories and ritual actions. Filmmaker and activist Mok Chui-Yu explores the origins of the struggle of Hong Kong’s intellectual youth while Barbara McCullough’s water ritual shows reclaimed space in Los Angeles. Other works include Tito & Tita’s feline screen-test Director’s Cat, Maori artist Shannon Te Ao’s reading of poetry to house-plants, and Ismal Muntaha’s arresting depiction of Indonesian community rituals in Terra Na Sae.

Thanks Alice Butler & Daniel Fitzpatrick, AEMI, Irish Film Institute and all participating artists

Eyemo #1-3 (Sylmar), George Clark, 3 minutes, U.S.A., 35mm, silent
Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification, Barbara McCullough, 6 minutes, U.S.A., DCP, sound
Eyemo #57-60 (Los Angeles), George Clark, 5 minutes, U.S.A., 35mm, silent
Untitled (Epilogue), Shannon Te Ao, 5 minutes, New Zealand, DCP, sound
Eyemo #120-121, #124 (NZ – Lyell cemetery), George Clark, 3 minutes, New Zealand, 35mm, silent
Letter to the Young Intellectuals of Hong Kong, Mok Chiu Yu, 15 minutes, Hong Kong, DCP, sound
Eyemo #16-17 & #74-75 (Hong Kong), George Clark, 3 minutes, Hong Kong, 35mm, silent
Director’s Cat, Tito & Tita, 3 minutes, Philippines, DCP, sound
Eyemo #81-84 (Philippines – Taal Lake), George Clark, 5 minutes, Philippines, 35mm, silent
Terra Na Sae, Ismal Muntaha, 11 minutes, Indonesia, DCP, sound
Eyemo #140-157, #165, #168-69 / The Scent of Jati Trees, George Clark, 25 minutes, Indonesia, 35mm, sound

The Image And Its Image, NKFS, 14-18 October 2019

14-18 October 2019
Nordland Kunst- og Filmfagskole, Kabelvåg, Norway

I curated this festival of moving image for Nordland Kunst- og Filmfagskole in Kabelvåg, Norway. Taking trajectory from the writings of Manny Farber, the screenings draw together many works which have helped me think through cinema, its potential and multiple futures.

“How can we grasp the elusive nature of an object or an idea? Images can be means of capture but then how do we contain the image itself? The thirty work assembled here draw on a wide array of subjects but are linked in their exploration of the elusive quality of the image. Doubles, reflections, echoes and ghosts populate the works which each seek to find their own way to approach contemporary reality and the cosmic assemblages of images in which we live. The works provide models for how thought can be contained in what we may call after Ursula Le Guin, the carrier bag of images, which we know under its other name; cinema.” – George Clark

Featuring 30 works by Ayo Akingbade, Martha Mayet Atienza, Tanatchai Bandasak, Mariano Blatt, Duncan Campbell, George Clark, Shirley Clarke, Jatiwangi Art Factory, Humphrey Jennings, Joan Jonas, Barbara McCullough, Chris Marker, Vincent Meessen, László Moholy-Nagy, Ismal Muntaha, Kira Muratova, Ogawa Productions, Juanita Onzaga, Charlotte Prodger, Morgan Quaintance, Alain Resnais, Miko Revereza, Jessica Sarah Rinland, Francisco Rodríguez Teare, Raúl Ruiz, Taiki Sakpisit, Danech San, Kidlat Tahimik, Shannon Te Ao, Tito & Tita (Shireen Seno) Harry Watt and Eduardo Teddy Williams.

Double Ghosts at New York Film Festival, October 2019

North American premiere
New York Film Festival, USA
5 & 6 October 2019

Honoured to have the North American premiere of Double Ghosts as part of the New York Film Festival. Screening in the Projections section curated by Aily Nash and Dennis Lim. Double Ghosts was shown in programme together with work by Luise Donschen, Ryan Ferko and Luke Fowler.

“Inspired by an unfinished film by Chilean director Raúl Ruiz, George Clark’s globetrotting short retraces Ruiz’s ill-fated production from the beaches of Viña del Mar and the port of Valparaiso to the cemeteries of New Taipei City. Framed around a conversation with Ruiz’s widow, the filmmaker Valeria Sarmiento, Double Ghostschannels the spirit of this unrealized project into a poetic reflection on the creative process and the power of influence.” – NYFF…/shorts-program-4-beginnings-and…/

Thanks to British Council for filmmaker’s travel grant to attend the premiere.