The Irish Film Institute (IFI) in association with LUX and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios will host the second edition of the PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image this March.
Running from March 24th to 26th, PLASTIK is a festival devoted entirely to artists working with the moving image.
With films by over 40 artists and filmmakers, including both contemporary and historical work, PLASTIK will brings Irish and international work together to form a distinct programme, much of which will be screening in Ireland for the first time. PLASTIK aims to represent the breadth and scope of innovative and experimental work being produced in this ever-expanding field of practice, developing a platform for the moving image, with a focus on the cinema as exhibition space. A festival of this nature allows an intensity of work, creating uneasy combinations, and challenging perspectives through its ability to affect.
All festival screenings will take place at the IFI, while a series of discussions, talks and live performances will take place at partner venue Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S). Many internationally acclaimed artists and curators will be in attendance, including James Richards, Erika Balsom, Yuri Pattison, Ann Hirsch and Benjamin Cook (LUX).
The screenings taking place at the IFI include:
Abyss Film, curated by James Richards, includes the exclusive opportunity to view his recent collaborative work with Leslie Thornton, Crossing (2016), and will be followed by a special post-screening talk between the artist and Benjamin Cook (LUX) at TBG+S at 20:00.
A Flight from Reason, curated by Yuri Pattison, presents a provocative and unique insight into the LUX collection curated by Irish-born, UK-based Pattison, featuring works by Adam Chodzko, Bureau of Inverse Technology, and The Otolith Group. A panel discussion with PLASTIK guests will follow at TBG+S at 14:00.
Vertical Landscapes curated by Sasha Litvintseva, offers intriguing connections between divergent landscapes and histories that explore post-industrial environments within their own terms. That evening, a unique performance by LA based artist Ann Hirsch will take place at 20:30 at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.
PLASTIK is pleased to feature the work of New York based artist and filmmaker James Kienitz Wilkins with a screening of Andre Trilogy. Wilkins will attend the screening on March 26th at 14.00. A presentation by writer and critic Erika Balsom, will then take place at TBG+S at 16:00.
Is It About A Bicycle? explores a particular, eclectic approach to humour in artists’ films, in which the mechanics of the medium itself play some role in the articulation of comedy and meaning. Guest curated by Mark Toscano, this programme features a diverse range of works by artists including Karissa Hahn, Dean Snider, Gus Van Sant and Lori Felker.
‘Eugene Palette’ curated by aemi, suggests that the presence of film, the medium itself, gives us access to a different understanding and appreciation of time. This idea is supported by works like Bruce Conner’s seminal Crossroads (screening here from a 35mm print) and Soda_Jerk’s The Time that Remains.
On Sunday, March 26th at 12.30, PLASTIK is pleased to present the second edition of the PLASTIK new work award, highlighting an emerging generation of Irish artists engaging with the moving image. The final winner, selected by guest curators, will be announced on Sunday evening.
FRI MAR 24th (18:30) ABYSS FILM
SAT MAR 25th (12:00) A FLIGHT FROM REASON
SAT MAR 25th (16:00) VERTICAL LANDSCAPES
SUN MAR 26th (12:30) PLASTIK AWARD
SUN MAR 26th (14:00) ANDRE TRILOGY
SUN MAR 26th (18:00) IS IT ABOUT A BICYCLE?
SUN MAR 26th (20:30) ‘EUGENE PALETTE’
Tickets for these screenings are available online or by calling the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477. A €60 season pass (€50 concession) for admission to all events is available in person or by phone from the IFI Box Office. Please note that Weekend Festival Passes do not include entry to talks and discussions – these must be booked separately.
Irish Film Institute (IFI)
6, Eustace Street
Tel: 01 679 3477 (Box Office)
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
5 – 9, Temple Bar
Tel: 01 671 0073
All images courtesy IFI