Langan / Le Cain

Since 2010, sound/performance artist Vicky Langan and experimental filmmaker Maximilian Le Cain have been working together in a unique creative audio-visual partnership. This is built on the strikingly fitting match between Langan’s magnetic, often troublingly intense presence as a performer and Le Cain’s distinctively jarring, disruptive visual rhythms. So far, they have completed eight moving image works together:

Light / Sound (9 mins, 2010), their first video, acclaimed by critic Fergus Daly as one of the top ten films of 2010 in the Senses of Cinema magazine end of year poll, was chosen for distribution by Paris-based experimental film cooperative Collectif Jeune Cinéma.

Wölflinge 17/11/’10 (8 mins, 2011) is a haunting visual interpretation of a performance by Langan that breaks down the boundaries between spectator and performer.

Hereunder (12 mins, 2011) is an intense, fragmented (auto)biographical portrait of Vicky, which sets her adrift amidst lockers of garden shed bric-a-brac from which she summons an ocean of sound.

Desk 13 (9 mins, 2011) brings a darker, more erotic aspect of their vision to the fore.

Contact (3 mins, 2011) uses Super-8 elements in constructing a dialectical relationship between film image and material.

Lullaby (20 mins, 2011) This study of nocturnal solitude develops into a visually overwhelming, stroboscopic nightmare that nevertheless retains a quiet tenderness all of its own.

Wölflinge 12/4/’12 (7 mins, 2012) reprises the techniques of Wölflinge 17/11/’10 in its interpretation of a particularly searing Wölflinge performance.

Dirt (12 mins, 2012) is a phantasmagoric mélange of live performances and elements of gothic horror, resulting in a haunting, intense and sometimes humorous portrait of Wölflinge.

Tangled And Far (12 mins, 2013) foregrounds the overlap between intimate domestic detail and its reflection in Langan’s performance work. The private and public projections of her presence and actions collapse into each other in this phantasmagoric continuum of alternate selves and self-images to form a fractured dream portrait.

About the artists:

Outside of their filmmaking, Langan and Le Cain work together on the regular Cork-based experimental music/film event Black Sun. Langan has curated its live acts from its inception, bringing many renowned makers of strange sounds from around the world to play for the first time in Ireland. In late 2009, she expanded the event by inviting Le Cain to add film to the bill through programming experimental cinema screenings that would match the richness and strangeness of the live acts.

Vicky Langan’s solo performance project often explores the darker side of intimacy, using flesh, fluid and self built instruments. According to critic Bernard Clarke:  “There are some musicians who entertain us, fine; some who stimulate us, better; and then some who immerse us in something so powerful that, almost, primal emotions surface instantly; making us ultra-defensive, or, finally open to illumination. One of the latter is Vicky Langan…  You may love her, hate her, be astonished, be repelled- but you will not be unmoved. Promise. In a world of bland s**te we need to treasure artists like this – even if they burn.”

Previous  Langan / Le Cain  Screenings / Performances:

September 2014:

Tangled And Far, Solus/Experimental Film Society screening, Filmbase, Dublin

Tangled And Far, Fronteira Festival, Goiania, Brazil

July 2014:

Tangled And Far, The Avant Festival, The Guesthouse, Cork

May 2014:

Langan/Le Cain screening at Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn , New York including Hereunder, Dirt and Tangled And Far

Tangled And Far, Australian International Experimental Film Festival, Melbourne & Perth, Australia

Tangled And Far, ‘Mind in the Flesh’ symposium on female bodies in contemporary performance, Dance Limerick, Ireland

November 2013:

Solo programme, Spectacle Theater, New York: Contact, Wölflinge 17/11/’10, Light / Sound, Hereunder, Desk 13, Dirt, Tangled And Far

May 2013:

Dirt, Australian International Experimental Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia

April 2013:

Dirt hosted on The Wire magazine’s website in conjunction with a Vicky Langan interview in Issue 350.

March 2013:

Dirt, Ormston House Gallery, Limerick, Ireland

October 2012:

Dirt & Lullaby, Hunter’s Moon Festival, Leitrim, Ireland

July 2012:

Dirt, Lullaby & Le Cain’s Super-8 work The End of the Universe as Red with a special live performance by Langan, Langan / Le Cain event at The Black Mariah, Cork, Ireland

May 2012:

Contact, Dirt, Hereunder & Desk 13,  Galway Arts Centre, Ireland

March 2012: 

Lullaby, University of the Philippines Film Institute

February 2012:

Contact, Berlin International Directors Lounge, Germany

November 2011:

Light / Sound, Galway Arts Centre, Ireland

Desk 13 & Hereunder, CineB Festival, Chile

Contact, London New Wind Festival, UK

Lullaby, Cork Film Festival, Ireland

October 2011:

Contact & Light / Sound, Hunter’s Moon Festival, Leitrim, Ireland

Wölflinge 17/11/’10, Darklight Film Festival, Dublin

Hereunder, Cinekinosis, Bristol, UK

August 2011:

Contact, Live@8, Sligo, Ireland

July 2011:

Desk 13, MisALT Screening Series, San Francisco, USA

Contact, Super 8 Shots Festival, Galway, Ireland

Hereunder, Hilltown New Music Festival, Westmeath, Ireland

Solo screening of all videos, The Guesthouse, Cork, Ireland

June 2011:

Desk 13, Hello Operator, Dublin, Ireland

April 2011:

Special presentation of Hereunder with live performance, Just Listen sound art festival, Limerick, Ireland

December 2010:

Light / Sound, Festival des Cinémas Differents online section, Paris

July, 2010:

Light / Sound, The Exchange, Dublin, Ireland

May, 2010:

Light / Sound, The Basement Project Space, Cork, Ireland