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. They have been awarded a residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, for 2017.
So far, they have completed twelve 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.
Brine Twice Daily (20 mins, 2015) is a film that came from the sea, from the depths, and it never truly escapes its salt-encrusted origins. A bizarre romance that is at once an absurd comedy, a horror/adventure B-movie, a cryptic home video and a fading seaside postcard stuffed into a bottle and cast adrift on the ocean, Brine Twice Daily marks a new departure in the Langan/Le Cain filmmaking partnership.
In the Place of Origin (18 mins, 2016) navigates a delicate flow between apparently opposite states: self and other, human and non-human, interior and exterior, construction and dispersion. The uncertain limits of the human body gauge the tensions between elements of the material world that pass as strangers but not without reflecting each other in surprising and unsettling ways, stitched and unstitched by the breath of the wind.
Wilderness Notes (20 mins, 2017) is a section of a three-part work made with Atoosa Pour Hosseini and Rouzbeh Rashidi. The three films all explore psychic, territorial and technological margins. Isolated characters, all somehow locked into masks or fixed personae, navigate desolate zones between dimensions where a sense of being physically adrift and at risk is mapped onto a corresponding inner state. But they are not only adrift in space, they are equally adrift in time. Langan / Le Cain’s contribution is a take on the Western genre.
About the artists:
Outside of their filmmaking, Langan and Le Cain worked together on the regular Cork-based experimental music/film event Black Sun between 2009 and 2013. Langan 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:
Lullaby, Kino Klub Split, Croatia
Wilderness Notes, Filmbase, Dublin
Langan/Le Cain screening event, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
In The Place Of Origin, in exhibition slips, speaks, 12 Star Gallery, London
EFS Screening @ UP Film Institute, Quezon City, Philippines
EFS Screening @ Bogotá Experimental Film Festival
In the Place of Origin, Sample Studios, Cork
In the Place of Origin, Crawford College of Art & Design MA Graduate Exhibition, Cork
Langan performance and screening of five films as part of the Luminous Void exhibition, Triskel Project Space, Cork
Brine Twice Daily, Irish Film Institute, Dublin
Brine Twice Daily, The Guesthouse, Cork
Contact, Lajevardi Foundation, Tehran, Iran
Brine Twice Daily, Regenborg Kino, Berlin, Germany
Dirt, Repressed Cinema, Hollywood Theatre, Portland, Oregon, USA
Dirt & Contact, Wild-screen (two day artists’ film event), Connemara, Ireland
Desk 13, Experimental Film Society screening, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin
Tangled And Far, Solus/Experimental Film Society screening, Filmbase, Dublin
Tangled And Far, Fronteira Festival, Goiania, Brazil
Tangled And Far, The Avant Festival, The Guesthouse, Cork
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
Solo programme, Spectacle Theater, New York: Contact, Wölflinge 17/11/’10, Light / Sound, Hereunder, Desk 13, Dirt, Tangled And Far
Dirt, Australian International Experimental Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia
Dirt hosted on The Wire magazine’s website in conjunction with a Vicky Langan interview in Issue 350.
Dirt, Ormston House Gallery, Limerick, Ireland
Dirt & Lullaby, Hunter’s Moon Festival, Leitrim, Ireland
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
Contact, Dirt, Hereunder & Desk 13, Galway Arts Centre, Ireland
Lullaby, University of the Philippines Film Institute
Contact, Berlin International Directors Lounge, Germany
Light / Sound, Galway Arts Centre, Ireland
Desk 13 & Hereunder, CineB Festival, Chile
Contact, London New Wind Festival, UK
Lullaby, Cork Film Festival, Ireland
Contact & Light / Sound, Hunter’s Moon Festival, Leitrim, Ireland
Wölflinge 17/11/’10, Darklight Film Festival, Dublin
Hereunder, Cinekinosis, Bristol, UK
Contact, Live@8, Sligo, Ireland
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
Desk 13, Hello Operator, Dublin, Ireland
Special presentation of Hereunder with live performance, Just Listen sound art festival, Limerick, Ireland
Light / Sound, Festival des Cinémas Differents online section, Paris
Light / Sound, The Exchange, Dublin, Ireland
Light / Sound, The Basement Project Space, Cork, Ireland