Concentrating on landscape and remnants of infrastructure, Invocation looks to meditate on the archival potential of the land. Part of a larger body of work that aims to collapse notions of historical canon in a particularly queer motion, the film shows undulating earth and crumbling ruins with graphic overlays that reference a folding of time. Objects sink beneath and reemerge from the soil, while fields of colour create intervals and rhythms within this silent study on archive, time and history. – Jonathan O’Grady
This unique edition of ‘aemi online’ offers a snapshot of new moving image work from graduating film and media artists whose practices merit further exposure, especially given the reduction of traditional public degree shows that in usual circumstances take place right across the country at the end of the academic year. This ‘aemi online’ showcase – of work by five artists graduating from NCAD’s BFA in Media – leads on from a discursive event with NCAD students about their work that aemi was grateful to be a part of earlier in the summer. The five works selected to screen on ‘aemi online’ stood out as particularly well suited to the specific demands of an online exhibition platform. Over the next ten weeks, a rolling showcase will take place here on this webpage with a new film work taking over from the last on a biweekly basis.
Accompanying the films is a commissioned text by artist, art historian and NCAD graduate Frank Wasser who identifies the tensions explored by these artists between notions of representation, concealment and fabrication.