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Film: aemi 2023 touring programme: SÚITÚ

29 Jun 2023, 6:30 pm (Past)

Irish Film Institute, Dublin

A new touring programme curated by aemi (Artists’ & Experimental Moving Image) featuring contemporary moving image works by Irish & international artists.

‘Súitú’ – an Irish language term pronounced Suet-two – signifies the sucking in-and-out sound made as the sea moves through stones at the shoreline, pulling them into water before rolling them back onto dry land. Evoking the elemental, the programme’s pacing picks up not just on the familiar ebbs and flow of the sea, but also the external forces that circumscribe contemporary lived experience. From inner psychological journeys to the phenomenological, the seven films in this programme together offer an emotional, embodied and sensory experience.

Holly Márie Parnell’s ‘Cabbage’ is an intimate film made in collaboration with Parnell’s family, which looks at the complexities of bodily autonomy within an ableist paradigm. Through moments of reflection and observation, the film focuses on her brother’s writings using eye tracking technology, and her mother’s memories, to explore how we shape a sense of self under the pervasive weight of unspoken assumptions, categories and fixed definitions that get placed onto bodies. Dissecting layers of language, agency and power, the film is a subtle examination of how a human life is measured and valued.

The screening will be followed by a post-show discussion with featured artists Lisa Freeman, Susan Hughes, and Holly Márie Parnell, in conversation with Mark O’Gorman, Visual Arts Manager at The Complex.

Details for the screening at the Irish Film Institute on June 29th:

Fábio Andrade, Contorno/Contour, 2021, Brazil, 10 mins – Not captioned. Soundscape and music only.
Susan Hughes, Eyes Like Cats, 2022, Northern Ireland, 3 mins – Captioned.
Morgan Quaintance, A Human Certainty, 2021, United Kingdom, 20 mins – Captioned.
Bárbara Lago, Yon, 2021, Argentina, 8 mins – Subtitled.
Sofia Theodore-Pierce, Other Tidal Effects, 2021, USA, 7 mins – Not captioned.
Lisa Freeman, Hook, Spill, Cry Your Eyes Out, 2020, Ireland, 3 mins – Not captioned. Soundscape and music only.
Holly Márie Parnell, Cabbage, 2023, Ireland, 28 mins – Captioned.

Other moving image works in the programme include work by Fábio Andrade (Brazil), Susan Hughes (Northern Ireland), Morgan Quaintance (U.K.), Bárbara Lago (Argentina), Sofia Theodore-Pierce (U.S.A), Lisa Freeman (Ireland) and Holly Márie Parnell (Ireland), ‘Súitú’ is an aemi programme that forms connections between contemporary moving image work by Irish and international artists. aemi is touring ‘Súitú’ to venues nationally and internationally across 2023.

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Holly Máire Parnell
Irish Film Institute
Súitú 2023