I did a new set of live visuals for Gavin Duffy's new solo act 'BW'. It was in the Cork Film Festival as support for the remix of 'A Field In England'.
I used a mix of material from myself and some of my extended circle of experimental film-makers - including Louis Bennasi, Julius Ziz, Max Le Cain, Esperanza Collado, Moira Tierney, Oriol Sanchez, Javier Otaduy, Khaled Hafez, Islam Kamal and Donal Dineen.
Hopefully we'll be able to repeat it somewhere. Here's a 2 minute excerpt from the mix;
Updated: 19 / 07
END OF THE EARTH IS MY HOME
live soundtrack by European Sensoria Band + Guests
the World Premiere of Rouzbeh Rashidi & Maximilian
WEIRD MOVIE KIDS DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE
After the Triskel Cinema screening in May, which was
the first outing of the new sound mastered by Ellisonik
and newly graded picture, thanks to DKIT, TEOTEIMH is
now starting another avenue as a subtitled silent film.
The original musicians will reassemble to improvise
a new soundtrack, in the same space that the original
one was recorded. I am delighted to be able to present
this version of the film alongside the world premiere
of the new film by my good friends and fellow experimental
filmmakers Rouzbeh Rashidi and Maximillian Le Cain who
were of great support in completing my own film. Thanks
also to Filmbase who supported the shooting of my film
in the first place.
After the Darklight Festival Premiere last summer (
see below ) TEOTEIMH now travels to the Triskel Arts
Centre Cinema in Cork. With new sound mastered by Ellisonik
and newly graded picture, thanks to DKIT, this will
be the first screening in full HD, from Blu-Ray. The
screening is in collaboration with Black Sun Cinema,
whose very own Cork based performance artist Vicky Langan
appears in a pivotal role in the film. The director
and some of the cast and crew will attend.
This is a new film I've been shooting piece by piece
over the past year. It's a science-fiction adaptation
of the traditional Asian stories of the Monkey King.
The film is now completed and will have its first screening
at this year's Darklight Festival on the 25th of this
Last autumn I completed a crowdfunding campaign to
raise the completion budget on the Fundit website; FUNDIT
The cast features French actor Dominique
Monot, Egyptian artist Mona Gamil, Japanese musician
Junshi Murakami., Irish actress Fionnuala Collins, African
actor Ademola Oladeji and Israeli artist Keshet Zur
This is the first release by the Seventh Earth Project on
D1 Recordings. This was actually released last summer, but
it has been slowly building and has sold out and been restocked
in several Japanese outlets. ARCHIVE TWO will be on the way
long time ago 'Shakers and Dreamers' sent out a new electronic
sound that set the tone for coming generations across their
continent. Undercutting current commercial music structures,
they emancipated the electronic musicians of the second 'Invisible
Earth', Neptune. 120 million years ago, their tracks spread
from venue to venue across the great lakes of Neptune's Canadian
close in their footsteps 'Foot-Sole Foreigner' brought the
music south and married it with the acoustic fore-runners
of the electronic revolution. Electronic music has always
played an essential role in the cultural cycle of the 'Invisible
billion years of independent electronic music and culture
now lie scattered in the outer Oort cloud, and the atoms of
their creators now circle in the great storm clouds of the
Gas Giants. But all unknown to us.
Seventh Earth Project' are now archiving this lost music and
culture and making it available to the audiences of this Earth,
The Seventh Earth.
Here are the reviews and comments on the site and links to
Soundcloud where you can listen to the tracks;
This is a personal project I've been doing while working
on some murals here in Emerald in Australia. I time-lapsed
the sky over Emerald every day for a week, from Friday March
04 to Thursday March 10. It's a simple contemplative exercise,
no music, no manipulation, just a restating of a timeless
aspect of film - the manipulation of time. It's such an artificial
process that I like counterpointing it by applying it to something
purely natural, like the sky.
'Ouroboros: Ocean Dreams' is a set of short improvised ghost
stories made on mini-DV with a variety of artists in a variety
of locations around the world, over the past year - from Bermuda
to Philadelphia to Yokohama to Trinidad and New York, with
composers, mural painters, stand up comics, animators and
conceptual artists. 'Ouroboros' is the feature film comprising
these short films when viewed end to end. The first short
introduces the composer, whose story ultimately carries and
connects the other stories. It is a film with a fragmented
protagonist which spans many characters and whose story spans
The soundtrack includes contributions from the Ear Collective,
Jezebel Maraschalchi, Five Green Circle, Dave Donohoe, Stephen
Rennicks/Secret Society, Fergus Kelly, Dennis McNulty, Anthony
Kelly and David Stalling, Chequerboard, Coretta Singer, Eamonn
Doyle, Donnacha Costello and Metal Dragon.
Thanks again to everybody who contributed to the Ouroboros
Updated: 15 / 10 / 2009
D.E.A.F. FILM PROGRAMME 2009
Updated: 20 / 06 / 2009
Kratkofil Film Festival / Alan Lambert
Improvised Film Workshop
Science Fiction / Drama
Colour / B+W
Serbian / English
Film Premier: Banja Luka Youth Theatre,
10pm, July 20 2009.
On Location with the workshop team in the Suteren
Underpass in Banja Luka, June 2009
So, the week workshop here in Banja Luka at
the Kratkofil Film Festival is finished and we're exporting
as you read. I spent the week improvising a mini-DV pseudo
'Dogme' film with a group of volunteers. We made use of the
local architecture and geography by creating 2 parallel storylines,
in present day and future Banja Luka.
The film alternates between colour and black
& white for present day and future, the future post-apocalyptic
as usual but for environmental reasons. The characters in
the film speak Serbian, subtitled in English, but the media
speaks English, subtitled in Serbian, and, in an unexpected
'feedback loop' characteristic of near future environmental
changes, the Balkans of 2032 have inner Arctic circle conditions.
Banja Luka is surrounded by glaciers.
The glacier on the Vrbas river is melting and
starts to release the debris it captured and preserved during
its rapid formation during 2012, thus releasing the preserved
body of Zoran 'Scooby' Prpa, who disappeared on the Vrbas
rapids 20 years previously. His daughter Neda, with friends
Belinda and Jovana, go to identify the body - Neda, at 21
years of age, faces her father, preserved at the same age.
'The Glacier' creates a bizarre and thought
provoking experience for the young Neda and her friends.
So, basically, we all made this film, with everybody
doing a bit of everything, and that's -
Me, Neda Segrt, Belinda Bozickovic, Jovana Doric, Zoran Prpa,
Andrej Birac, Sergej Slisko, Sara Corbic, Milan Dzaja, Dejan
Milinovic, Sinisa Stjepanovic
- and it runs at about 12 minutes.
Thanks to the Kratkofil Festival for producing
this project and thanks to Vladan Petkovic for suggesting
it in the first place.
Metal Dragon and Solus @ Clermont-Ferrand Short Film
Market, Feb 2nd to 6th 2009.
Metal Dragon Short Films and Music Videos, and the first
'Solus' Collection of International Avant-Garde shorts are
being presented this week at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film
Market in France, by Corona Cork Film Festival Director Mick
"Clermont-Ferrand is the Cannes of short film, the single
most important market for short film, and also one of the
most prestigious short film festivals. It is attended by programmers
of the major short film festivals, by short film agencies,
by buyers and distributors. Cork has had a long association
with the Clermont-Ferrand festival since we assisted them
with the first major International retrospective of Irish
short films in 1996. In 2007 and 2008 we hosted the Irish
Short Film stand with some success."
Una Feeley, Cork Film Festival.
The first screening of 'Ouroboros', a film I've been making
bit by bit over the past 2 years, happened in Grace Space
Exhibition Centre in Brooklyn, N.Y on Thursday November 6th,
thanks to Jill and Moira;
'ANAXAGORAS' and 'THE IRON MOUNTAIN' will be
the next releases on Metal Dragon Music.
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'D.E.A.F. Dublin Electronic Arts Festival', was an all Asian
festival last year and my contribution was not in the form
of visuals as in prevous years, but in the form of designing
and maintaining the website, my first real attempt at doing
so outside of my own sites.
This year I contributed to the film programme via our 'Solus
Collective'. Check the 'film' section of the site for further
The Experimental Film Club recently started in The Ha'penny
Bridge Inn, last Sunday of every month. The club is run by
Aoife Desmond, Esperanza Collado, Donal Foreman and myself.
We show rare and classic experimental and avant-garde films
and discuss them in the relaxed pub environment.
This month we tried something experimental with a more mainstream
piece of work. We screened a live re-edit of 'Tron' as a silent
film, with an original improvised soundtrack by 3epkano, who
have played many silent film soundtracks.
Ken Perlin, special effects artist who worked
on the original film, was in Dublin for the Darklight Digital
Film Festival screening of Tron. He came along to the film
club after his talk and wrote about our screening experiment
in his blog; http://blog.kenperlin.com/?p=283
I performed a live visual mix for the opening night of 'IMAFY:
International Media Art Forum For Youth', at the Art Palace
on the banks of the Nile in Great Cairo, on April 6, by invitation
of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.
While taking part in IMAFY I was interviewed by 2 Arabian
Televison Stations. I am still waiting to find out if the
Egyptian council recorded these interviews, but apparently
they were seen throughout the Middle East. They were broadcast
Channel Two:Egyptain Satelilite Channel.
6pm News: Monday April 7, 2008
And below is an Al Jazeera interview that I'm still trying
to get translated;
AL JAZEERA INTERVIEW ( Paragraph 3 )
LUXOR UNIVERSITY SCREENING
I presented a screening of 'Solus' Irish and international
film and animation in the Fine Art Faculty of South Valley
University, Luxor, Egypt, April 13 / 14. and held a Q+A about
animation and new media techniques and the their current state
While in Egypt I was also invited to programme the Irish
and Northern European section of the 24th Alexandria International
Film Festival, to be held in August. Hopefully I will be atteding
and wll be able to present the Irish films.
SICHUAN EARTHQUAKE APPEAL
On May 25th there was a candlelght vigil held
in Smithfield for the victims of the Sichuan Earthquake. This
was attended by over 2,000 people. I did a live visual mix
for this event, co-ordinated by Chinese events organiser and
radio presenter Oliver Wang.
'Solus: Independent Film Collective' DVD Volume 1, was launched
in 'This Is Not A Shop' Gallery, Benburb Street, Dublin, on
February 19th. The launch was attended by legendary Avant-Garde
film-maker Jonas Mekas, who hosted the collective's first
screening in Anthology Film Archives in New York in 1999
In October 2007 I curated and presented a programme
of Irish animation for the Anmation and New Media Festival
in Trindad, via 'Solus'. The screening was held in the National
Museum in The Port Of Spain.
Camille Selvon Abrahams, Joan Vogelsang, Mohamed Ghazala,
Me, Will Bishop Stephens, Joan Asworth, Dotti Colvin, Olun
Riley, Coretta Singer and Roxanne Colthrust at the Animae
Caribe award ceremony.
There was a screening of an M.D. videomix in the ZEN Rooftop
Club - courtesy of Che Lovelace and 'The Amateurs', Trinidad
and Tobago DJ group - during Animae Caribe last October.
There was also an M.D. visuals mix for Murcof - at the Nieland
Gallery in Sligo in July last year, thanks to supporting act
Chequerboard. I worked with Feargal Nealon of 'I-Spy Visuals'
on this and he also helped with the M.D. visual mix for the
Asia Market's Gala evening in the RDS, last November. The
RDS evening featured international artists from China, India,
Brazil and Ireland. It was organised and presented by Oliver
INDIAN DANCE BY TILLOTAMA NANDY AT THE RDS, November '07
Since 1995 Metal Dragon has been providing
a variety of creative services for independent film and music
productions - ranging from music videos for independent electronic
musicians, to slide and video installations for clubs, live
events and festivals.
M.D.'s visual and thematic material draws from a wide range
of sources, having worked in the graphic arts in China, Korea,
Japan, Australia, Siberia, North America, Canada, The Middle
East, The Caribbean and most of Europe. M.D. films and videos
generally allow the rich cultural mix and diversity of these
backgrounds to speak for themselves, with little stylization
except for simple colour enhancement and looping for more
minimal electronic work.
Between 2000 and 2003, based on the variety of footage gathered
( much of it from the Far East ), Metal Dragon developed a
futuristic thriller based on the traditional Chinese stories
of the Monkey King – Curretly a work in progress with
the working title of 'The
End Of The Earth Is My Home'.
Since developing these scripts M.D. has returned to more
experimental but narrative based short digital films and has
screened these works, in addition to music videos, in festivals
like Darklight, Digital Film Festival, in Ireland, and Irish
programmes in venues like Anthology Film Archives in New York,
and institutes like the Contemporary Arts Centre in St.Petersburg.
In addition to film and video work, M.D.'s personal work
since 2003 culminates in 'The Seventh Earth' project, which
is a more conceptual ongoing website based project: http://www.theseventhearth.com
Metal Dragon Music is a new branch of M.D. activity which
will begin by releasing previously unreleased original film
soundtrack work produced by Metal Dragon throughout the 90’s.
The label will then act as a platform for future releases
of compilation soundtracks for experimental M.D. films: sounds