As part of the public programme for Kathryn Elkin’s solo exhibition, Why La Bamba? (10 October – 28 November), CCA Derry-Londonderry presents THIS IS NOW: FILM AND VIDEO AFTER PUNK. Evening screenings will take place on the evenings of 22 October and 26 November. 14 November will see a day-long event with further screenings and an associated programme of talks that situate the post-punk moment within the particular local context of Derry and Ireland, exploring specific contributions made by filmmakers from the region and the lasting legacy of the era. The programme features contributions from the Derry Film and Video Workshop, filmmaker Vivienne Dick and writer Maeve Connolly.
SCREENINGS: BEFORE AND AFTER SCIENCE & THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY
22 October 2015, 7pm
ALL-DAY PROGRAMME: SCREENINGS AND TALKS
14 November 2015, 11am – 6pm
11am: ENTERING THE DREAM SPACE
12.30pm: HOME TAPING
2.15pm: Derry Film and Video Workshop: Talk and Screening
3.15pm: Maeve Connolly talk
4pm: Vivienne Dick talk and screening of Red Moon Rising (2015)
4.45pm: VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR
SCREENINGS: PERFORMING THE SELF & JUST IMAGES
26 November 2015, 7pm
The DERRY FILM AND VIDEO COLLECTIVE (est. 1984) was formed under the terms of the 1982 Workshop Declaration, which also gave birth to projects such as Sankofa, Ceddo, ReTake and the Black Audio Film Collective. Largely omitted from the histories of these regional, minority, Black British and diaspora workshops as well as from records of feminist counter-cinema, the DFVW explored overlapping political tensions around gender, class, the Irish ‘national question’ and legacies of imperialism. Formed around ideas of radical self-representation and resistance, films produced by the collective offer a nuanced depiction of these complex forces at work in the specific context of Derry. Co-founders Margo Harkin and Anne Crilly will speak about the formation and work of the DFVW and screen an excerpt from their first documentary, Stop Strip Searching! (1984), which probes the tensions between Irish republicanism and feminism. Marty Melarkey, a founder member of the Nerve Centre, Derry, will also speak about the impact and legacy of the DFVW on the local post-punk music scene and on the foundation of the Nerve Centre.
MAEVE CONNOLLY will consider television’s changing form and function as a site of performance, responding to Kathryn Elkin’s use of BBC archive footage in Michael’s Theme (2014) and various works in THIS IS NOW.
Acclaimed No Wave filmmaker VIVIENNE DICK will draw out parallels between the UK post-punk moment and the No Wave scene in New York. The talk will be followed by a screening of her recent short film, Red Moon Rising (2015), a celebration of the carnivalesque through dance, performance and the spoken word.
For more information, please visit the CCA Derry-Londonderry website.