Emily McFarland: The Complex Seer

Saturday 20 May – Saturday 8 July 2017
Emily McFarland: The Complex Seer | Saturday 20 May  – Saturday 8 July 2017 | Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA)

The Complex Seer is a presentation of recent work by Emily McFarland. The exhibition focuses on cinematic depictions of revolutionary action, borrowing its title from an essay by Martin Walsh that considers the relationship between Bertolt Brecht (the German playwright and theorist) and cinema.

The Complex Seer includes a video installation and wall based works that draw upon footage from a range of films, including the fiction/documentary Ice and La Chinoise, one of Jean-Luc Goddard’s most political works. These films were produced in the late 1960s and early 1970s at a time when countercultural activity dominated the media and political landscape. In different ways they portray groups of radical students and young people who conspire to effect the upheaval of mainstream society. The Complex Seer features works that use this imagery as a way of recoding the cinematic conventions of depicting revolutionary action, while also exploring the ways in which these conventions have become absorbed in today’s understandings of political change.

The Complex Seer  will be presented alongside Basic Communities / Soft People, an exhibition by work by Philipp Kremer.

Emily McFarland (b.1987, Northern Ireland) works with video and sculpture. Her work reflects on modes of representation and cultural authority translated through an editing process. Borrowing from an assemblage of film, sound, cultural artefacts, archival footage, personal archives and ‘ripped’ videos which are re-appropriated and subverted in order to draw out subtle parallels and generate alternative meanings.

Recent exhibitions include, Draft Systems, WRO Media Art Biennale- Poland, CYFEST 10, New York Media Art Centre – NYC & SOFA, Bogota-Colombia; In the Jungle of Cities, GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL – Glasgow; Í DRÖGUM, Akureyri Art Museum – Iceland; Artist Moving Image Northern Ireland, Platform Arts – Belfast; Fortress, Kakuouzan Apartment – Nagoya, Japan; Prehistoric Loom, NoToilet – Seoul, South Korea; ScreenGrab, Pinnacles Gallery – Townsville, Australia; MFA Degree Show, The Glue Factory – Glasgow; An Other Ending, Glasgow Open House- Glasgow; From Context to Exhibition, The LAB Gallery– Dublin.

Saturday 20 May – Saturday 8 July 2017
Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA)
5-7 Artillery Street
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