Feargal Ward (filmmaker) and Adrian Duncan (writer/artist) screen 2 films from their most recent collaboration. Interested in the documentary hybrid form and its presentation in both international film festival and contemporary art contexts, these works showcase their emerging aesthetic in both short and long formats.
In Memory Room, Ward and Duncan retrace the steps of a young Irish forester dispatched to northern Finland in 1946 to locate trees for use as electricity poles in Ireland. Using surviving telegram records to create a map, this recreated expedition to the subarctic wilderness leads unexpectedly to another world, the strange contours of which were found beyond the peripheries of the landscapes the filmmakers had set out to pursue.
Floating Structures continues this theme as it follows an unknown researcher across central Europe as he seeks out an array of buildings and structures that seem to have emerged from another world. Our guide, drawing on the ideas and visions of the great Irish engineer Peter Rice, explores the hinterlands that surround and give rise to these edifices. The film is a rail trip of revelation that drifts from the quiet Bavarian town of Haßfurt, to the inner and outer realms of Paris. Suspended artefacts, and ruins from the distant future and the industrial past are sifted through and interlinked, with precision and wonder.
The filmmakers will be in attendance at the screening.