To train the whole body as a tongue

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Stuart Marshall and Neil Bartlett, Pedagogue, 1988. Courtesy LUX. Part of the curated screening programme by Sarah Browne, 70 minutes

This series of films is curated around Browne’s piece, Report to an Academy (2016), whose protagonist has transformed herself from a human into an octopus. Working in an impossible, Kafkaesque environment, she chose to surrender spoken language and take on the form of the agile octopus as a way to find a ‘way out’.

The other films in the programme are similarly concerned with practices of bodily exertion and effort in the service of learning, all working within and against certain constraints. Moving through the programme, the significance of the voice recedes and the other sensory capacities of the body emerge. Many of the films share a technique of a frontal address to the camera, as a singular protagonist negotiates institutions of education, illness and beauty, pushing at the limits of our sense of the possible and what bodies can (or should) do. 

Pedagogue (1988), Stuart Marshall and Neil Bartlett, 11 minutes

In My Language (2007), AM Baggs, 9 minutes

Sticky Encounter (2016), Saoirse Wall, 10 minutes

Report to an Academy (2016), Sarah Browne, 28 minutes

Eyeballing (2005), Rosalind Nashashibi, 10 minutes

Saoirse Wall, Sticky Encounter, 2016. Courtesy the artist
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In collaboration with AEMI

Touring to Belltable, Limerick; Garter Lane, Waterford; The Model, Sligo; VISUAL, Carlow; PÁLÁS, Galway; CCA Glasgow in partnership with LUX Scotland.