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ALBUM LAUNCH Lynda Cullen at Triskel

Though originally from Gorey, Co Wexford, in the southeast, Lynda Cullen has lived in Cork for more than ten years and calls it her home, as it is a great place to live with such a vibrant music scene.

Lynda will launch her new album, Smoke Without A Fire, here on Friday 9 August. Tickets are on sale now (and they include a copy of the album!).

Burn/out – Cork Midsummer Festival

The programme for Burn/out is presented by Pluck Projects who commenced as visual arts curators-in-residence for Cork Midsummer Festival in May 2019. The residency is supported by the Glucksman who will offer mentorship, expertise and other resources to the curators.

These are the films that will feature on the night:

Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson

1970, 35 min, colour, sound, 16 mm film on video

The film Spiral Jetty is a “portrait” of Smithson’s monumental earthwork of the same name at Rozel Point in the Great Salt Lake, Utah. Completed in April 1970, Spiral Jetty is an iconic earthwork and Smithson’s most renowned piece. At 1500 feet long and 15 feet wide, Smithson’s spiral of basalt rocks, mud, and salt crystals juts out from the shore and coils dramatically into luminous red water. The film documents the making of this earthwork, which has attained near-mythic status as it has disappeared and then re-emerged from the lake over the past decades. A voiceover by Smithson illuminates the ideas and processes that informed the evolution of the work, with allusions to prehistoric relics and radical notions of space, scale and landscape. Poetic and oddly hypnotic, the film includes stunning aerial footage of Smithson running along the length of the glowing spiral in what seems like an ecstatic ritual. The film Spiral Jetty, together with a series of photoworks taken during the construction of the earthwork, have become integral parts of the overall project.

Camera: Robert Fiore, Nancy Holt, Robert Logan, Robert Smithson. Sound: Robert Fiore, Robert Logan. Editing: Barbara Jarris.

  

Untitled (Grass Breathing) by Ana Mendieta

1975, 3:08 min, colour, silent, Super8 mm film transferred to high definition digital media

I have been carrying out a dialogue between the landscape and the female body. Having been torn from my homeland (Cuba) during my adolescence, I am overwhelmed by the feeling of having been cast from the womb (Nature). My art is the way I re-establish the bonds that unite me to the Universe. It is a return to the maternal source.’ Ana Mendieta

During a 1974 visit to Mexico, Mendieta began to produce a series of works in which her own body is immersed or shrouded within the landscape. In Untitled (Grass Breathing), she is immersed in the grass-covered ground, from which she emerges. A mound in the middle of a recently re-sodded lawn suggests the presence of the artist underneath. Over the course of the film, Mendieta, underneath the sod, inhales and exhales, and the movement of her body causes the sod to rise and fall, at first slowly, then with increasing vigour, and then more slowly again until she comes to a position of rest.

Laura Wertheim Joseph, ‘Filmography’, in Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta, ed. Pamela Johnson (Minneapolis: Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, 2015)

 

Burial Pyramid by Ana Mendieta

1974, 3.17 mins, colour, silent, Super8 mm film transferred to high definition digital media

Mendieta performed this work on the rocky hillside beside a stone stairway that leads to an ancient pyramidal tomb in Yágul, Mexico. Several of Mendieta’s fellow students from the fledgling Intermedia Group from the University of Iowa, led by Prof. Hans Breder, helped her to clear the ground of stones before the performance. After she lay down on the cleared terrain, these students buried her entire naked body, except for her face, under the stones. Over the course of the film, the camera remains fixed on Mendieta, submerged under the stones, as she inhales and exhales. As her breathing becomes more exerted, the stones begin to fall away to reveal her body beneath.

Laura Wertheim Joseph, ‘Filmography’, in Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta, ed. Pamela Johnson (Minneapolis: Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, 2015)

 

Ocean Bird (Washup) by Ana Mendieta

1974, 4.09 mins, colour, silent, Super8 mm film transferred to high definition digital media

Over the course of this work, Hans Breder films Mendieta from different angles, her body covered in white feathers, as she floats on her back among gentle ocean waves. Like driftwood, the waves push her feather-covered body into the branches of a toppled tree and eventually onto the shore, where she lies in stillness, as the waves lap over her.

Laura Wertheim Joseph, ‘Filmography’, in Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta, ed. Pamela Johnson (Minneapolis: Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, 2015)

 

Rothach by Vivienne Dick

1985, 8 mins, colour, sound,

Rothach (1985) was filmed on 16mm in the Donegal countryside and is composed of a rhythmic series of pans across a barren rural landscape that recalls the setting for Michael Snow’s monumental work La Region Centrale. Unlike Snow’s rocky landscape, however, Rothach is filled with evidence of activity. Scenes of a child playing the fiddle are interspersed with shots of farm machinery and turf-cutting on the bog. Many of these images are strikingly picturesque and reminiscent of iconic Irish colour postcards. But the serenity of the location is gradually undercut, both by the soundtrack, which changes from a melody into a series of shifting electronic pulses, and by the uncanny presence of the same child in different locations. It soon becomes apparent that this landscape is highly constructed.
Maeve Connolly, ‘From no Wave to national cinema: the cultural landscape of Vivienne Dick’s early Films (1978-1985)’, National Cinema and Beyond, (Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2004)

 

Augenblick by Vivienne Dick

2013, 13.38 mins, colour, stereo

Augenblick is a meditation on age, and the evolution from a mythological to a human and then to a technologically centered world. The film features three actresses, a trinity of female ages, and quotes literary and philosophical sources from Rousseau to Noah Harari. Moving from The Age of Enlightenment into a digital world, what becomes of out relationship to each other and to the earth?

 

Antler by Atoosa Pour Hosseini

2018, 15 Minutes, Super8mm, colour, sound

Produced by Experimental Film Society & Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Antler won the special award of The Unforseen – International Experimental Film Festival 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. Here is the jury’s response on the Antler’s award:

“A film of subtle poetics and expressive aesthetics achieved through the hypnotizing intertwining of archive and authorial footage, “Antler” erases the boundaries between fiction and documentary, introducing the viewer to a mysterious and, to a certain degree, fairy-tale-ish world of oneiric atmosphere. Formally seductive, and challenging to decipher, this “ecological fantasy” (for the lack of a more precise definition) transforms a botanical garden into a laboratory of evocative images and sounds, in a process that could be identified as alchemy.”

Opening of The New Past by Bennie Reilly

You’re invited to the opening of The New Past by Bennie Reilly. It’s on Thursday 6 June at 5pm in Triskel Gallery Space and all are welcome!

Bennie Reilly’s practice is informed by museology, natural history and the core act of collecting. Her research has taken her to museums throughout Europe and the US and to remote residencies in Iceland, Norway and in Ireland.

Bennie’s exhibition will be here until 30 August. Read more about it here.

Triskel Gets to Know … Emma Wright (aka Amy Winehouse)

Emma Wright will be here on 8 June but you would be forgiven for believing it’s Amy Winehouse on the stage! Emma appeared on The X-Factor and Stars in Their Eyes and we got to know her ahead of the Lioness concert here.

What is your favourite cinema treat?

Toffee popcorn

 

What is your go-to motivation music?

Workout music is the best motivation music. I put on an actual workout radio station whenever I need to get motivated!

 

What is your favourite hidden gem in Cork?

The Triskel Arts Centre, of course!

 

What was your favourite book as a child?

Any of the Magic Key books, or Harry Potter when I got a bit older

 

And now?

Loving Amy – A Mother’s Story by Janis Winehouse. It has me sobbing every time.

 

What is the most memorable place you have performed?

A luxury yacht in Gibraltar whilst aeroplanes landed on the runway next to the boat – it was a surreal but amazing experience.

However, the Irish are an INCREDIBLE crowd (I’m not just saying that!) so last year’s gigs here were very memorable indeed.

 

What is your most listened to radio station?

Probably Defjay, a hip-hop station on Apple Music.

 

Is there a band/artist you enjoy that you would describe as a ‘guilty pleasure’?

All of Britney’s albums – I’m not afraid to say she’s a legend in my eyes!

 

If you could only listen to music from one decade what would it be?

Nineties music was iconic!

 

Do you have a favourite movie soundtrack?

Sister Act 2 can bring me out of a bad mood instantly

 

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A ballerina or a pop star 🙂

There are just a handful of tickets left so book yours now!

Cork Traveller Pride at Triskel

Triskel are delighted to announce that, as part of our continued partnership with Cork Traveller Women’s Network, we will feature several events during this year’s Cork Traveller Pride.

Float Like a Butterfly by Carmel Winters is a powerful and timely story of a Traveller girl’s fight for freedom and belonging; Supporting short feature Traveller Mental Health Supports by the Traveller Healthy Minds Project. It’s on Wednesday 5 June at 11am.

Thomas McCarthy is from a long line of Traveller traditional singers and musicians and was awarded Traditional Singer of the Year at the 2019 Gradam Ceoil Awards. He will be supported by Mary Frances Keenan and Helen Connors. It’s on Saturday 8 June at 8pm.

Cork Traveller Pride is on 4-14 June with lots of events (all free!) happening all over the city. Make sure to keep an eye out!

Banned! at Triskel Cinema

Throughout the 20th century the Irish public were forbidden from seeing material in motion pictures that tackled controversial issues such as sexuality, violence and religion. Many films were cut, while others were outright banned by the state censor. Banned! presents a selection of works which were deemed as unsuitable viewing for Irish cinema-goers.

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE Sun 9 June

This is the journey of a singing, tap-dancing, derby-topped hooligan named Alex from amoral punk to brainwashed proper citizen in this controversial adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel.

FREAKS Mon 10 June

A beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of a troupe of sideshow performers, but they discover that she is only interested in his future inheritance and set out to make her…one of them.

BRIEF ENCOUNTER Tues 11 June

Based on a Noël Coward play, this is the story of two happily married strangers, thrown together by a chance meeting, helpless in the face of their emotions but redeemed by their moral courage.

MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN Wed 12 June

Monty Python’s Life of Brian, the tale of Brian who was born in a Bethlehem manger next door to Jesus, is probably the most controversial comedy of all time. It is also one of the funniest.

NATURAL BORN KILLERS Thurs 13 June

This is a gripping and satirical look at violence, murder and the American media, as told through the eyes of two of the most terrifying, relentless, cold-blooded (and popular) mass murderers imaginable.

Standard ticket prices apply or get a season ticket to see all five films for €35 full price / €30 for annual membership holders.

ANNOUNCED: Triskel Cinema for May & June

As you may expect from Triskel Christchurch, the latest cinema programme has a wide range of cultural cinema titles to experience. There are documentaries such as Amazing Grace (which Donald Clarke of The Irish Times calls “one of the greatest concert films ever”) and, back due to popular demand, The Camino Voyage and Free Solo.

High Life is the first English language feature by acclaimed French filmmaker Claire Denis, while the Icelandic Woman At War is a wonderful comedy-drama gem.

We also have a tribute to the late musician Scott Walker with screenings of two films that he scored (Vox Lux and The Childhood of a Leader) as well as Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, an illuminating documentary about the man and his work.

There are several special event screenings in June, and a season of once banned movies that were deemed too extreme for the Irish public.

Click here for a quick video teaser!

Chris O’Neill – Head Of Cinema

The Collective Cork Bring Yoga to Triskel

Triskel are delighted to welcome The Collective Cork to our centre on Tobin Street. A number of yoga and dance teachers came together to form The Collective Cork and their objective is to impart what they have learned and help the wider community  to move, breathe and be well.

We look forward to getting to know our new neighbours and to feeling a lot more zen over the coming months!

 

Marcin Wasilewski Trio ‘Celebrating 25 Years’ in Triskel

Triskel Arts Centre presents Marcin Wasilewski Trio ‘Celebrating 25 Years’, in association with Cork Midsummer Festival.

“Wasilewski’s music celebrates a vast dynamic range, from the most deftly struck pianistic delicacies to gloriously intense emotional exuberance, the chords pounded with unrestrained joy, yet always within a marvellously melodic concept.” Jazz Journal

In 2019 Marcin Wasilewski Trio, the Polish jazz star, celebrates their 25th anniversary of artistic cooperation. Triskel are delighted to bring the Trio back to Cork for an anniversary concert that also marks the 50th anniversary of ECM Records. Tickets for the concert on Saturday 15 June are on sale now – click here!

Triskel Gets To Know … David Boulanger from De Temps Antan

Thanks for David Boulanger from De Temps Antan for taking the time to answer our questions, especially since English is not his native language!

What is your favourite cinema treat?

Popcorn and almond M&M

What is your go-to motivation music?

I love oldies music (50s-60s). That’s what’s playing always at family reunions and it makes me automatically dance and do stuff. I also enjoy classic rock to get things going.

Will this be your first visit to Ireland? And to Cork? What are you most looking forward to seeing/doing while you’re here? Besides playing at Triskel, of course 😉

I have to say that it will be my first time in Ireland, which sound crazy when I say it but it’s never too late! I don’t have any plans yet for what I’d like to see but I am a big fan of markets filled with local produces!

What was your favourite book as a child? And now?

Tough one. As a child, I was not a big reader. I did enjoy a lot of Asterix and Tintin. These days I read mostly poetry but I enjoy also short stories, classics… I like a lot Jim Harrison and Gaston Miron (Québec poet).

What is the most memorable place you have performed?

Each place that I have performed at have something special, mostly because of the people being there at the concerts. One that stands out a bit is llanes in Asturias (Spain) because it was my first trip/gig in Europe and it made me fall in love with my work as a touring musician.

What is your most listened to radio station?

Everyday I spend some time listening to our national radio in French (Radio-Canada) to get updated with the news but also I like the shows that talk about books, cinema, culture in general, history.

Is there a band/artist you enjoy that you would describe as a ‘guilty pleasure’?

So many, but I have a hard time saying that they are “guilty pleasure” artists. Abba, Celine Dion, Bobby Vinton, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and many more … But the “guilty pleasure” artists of one and the best artists for another one… !

If you could only listen to music from one decade what would it be?

Why only one?!? Let’s say the mid 50s-mid 60s.

Do you have a favourite movie soundtrack?

No. Soundtrack is one of my favorite movie genre whether it is an original soundtrack, a well-chosen playlist or a combination of both. I really like the place that music occupies in a movie. Some directors have a musicality to their movies and will make the images and the music fit so well together that the music has a big effect on how you experience the movie. I can’t chose one, there are so many! Come see our show and we can talk about it!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I don’t really remember, I wanted to do everything. But as I grew up, in my late teenage years, I wanted to become a cook. My grand-mothers and my mom made me “play” with food as a kid by making cakes and other stuff with them. I was always curious about flavors, ways of cooking, the smells… And I still am. I like to go to the source of the food I like and try to make it, like homemade sausage, bread, sauces, etc. I might actually take the time to talk with some people in Cork and other places in Ireland to find out about local foods and how to make it. If you have a grand-mother willing to share, I’ll be happy to meet her!

De Temps Antan will be in Triskel on 9 May – tickets available here