Dublin Pairing with Historic Overtones
In April 2019, I received an invitation from the renowned Irish filmmaker and curator, Dean Kavanagh, to share an exhibition of my films with those of the Parisian avant-garde pioneer, Germaine Dulac. The screening would be programed by aemi and presented at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin.
This proposed union would be based on both oeuvres relishing movement, sharing technical/ musical structures while existing in silence and the inner shifting rhythms of our work providing a dialogue of commonality; hers in b&w, mine in color. Neither of us had ever shown our films previously in Ireland.
Along with Alice Butler and Daniel Fitzpatrick, co-directors of aemi, Dean Kavanagh selected titles for the show, produced a stunning silent trailer, commissioned a poster and provided a Q&A following the program. I’m grateful for their combined efforts in making this such a unique and glorious event.
Prismatic Music: Films by Joseph Bernard & Germaine Dulac
19 June 2019 / 18.30 / Irish Film Institute
aemi is delighted to present ‘Prismatic Music: Films by Joseph Bernard & Germaine Dulac’, a programme curated with filmmaker Dean Kavanagh.
American experimental filmmaker Joseph Bernard created over 100 silent, super-8mm films during the 1970s and 1980s. Bernard foregrounds a tactile and sensory approach creating intricate works that exude a dizzying musicality. Germaine Dulac (1882-1942) was a French filmmaker and key figure in the historical avant-garde. A proponent of ‘pure cinema’ Dulac’s silent 16mm and 35mm films proposed an affinity with dance that anticipated the work of Maya Deren. Together Bernard and Dulac’s complex rhythms and shifting textures represent luminous highlights in the development of a non-narrative cinema.
This event will feature a recorded introduction from filmmaker Joseph Bernard. It will also be followed by a Q&A with Dean Kavanagh.
Icon, Joseph Bernard, 1978, 5 minutes, Digital; Celebration: The Loving of Things Seen, Joseph Bernard, 1978, 6 minutes, Digital; Aelf-scin, Joseph Bernard, 1979, 5 minutes, Digital; Intrigues (V), Joseph Bernard, 1981, 3 minutes, Digital; Variant Chants, Joseph Bernard, 1983 16 minutes, Digital; Disque 957, Germaine Dulac, 1928, 6 minutes, Digital; Étude Cinématographique sur une Arabesque, Germaine Dulac, 1929, 8 minutes, Digital; Thèmes et Variations, Germaine Dulac, 1928, 11 minutes, Digital
Germaine and I were introduced by our friend Dean, who provided us a stately meld of a dance set to the magnificent silence of Prismatic Music. To witness this feat of cinematic enchantment… CLICK HERE.