Film Screening | aemi and IFI present: So, what did you do today? at IFI


Film Screening | aemi and IFI present: So, what did you do today? at IFI Date/Time
Date(s) - 12/01/2022
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Irish Film Institute




In-person screening, a series of short films selected and introduced by artist Isabel Nolan

Sometimes, as an artist, it’s awful to be asked what you did on a given day. You’re confronted by the vagueness or absurdity of describing time spent trying fairly idiosyncratic stuff out to see if it works. Some of these films record odd, gloriously impractical actions; some are set in functional spaces; some feature familiar objects activated in peculiar ways; occasionally dogs are involved. There is watching and dancing. On good days I believe art is a beautifully inconvenient way to love a difficult world. – Isabel Nolan

Curated by artist Isabel Nolan for aemi and coinciding with ‘Spaced Out’, Nolan’s exhibition of new rugs and paintings at Kerlin Gallery, ‘So, what did you do today’ is a programme of short films that illuminates aspects of Nolan’s work in drawing, sculpture, tapestry and the moving image.

Films in the programme
Marijke van Warmerdam, Hands Free, 2004, NL
Maria Lassnig, Chairs, 1971, AT
Liliane Lijn, Factory Snaps, 1970, USA
Daria Martin, Soft Materials, 2004, USA
Anita Delaney, Well, 2020, UK
Joan Jonas, My New Theater V: Moving in Place (Dog Dance), 2002 – 2005, USA
Miranda Pennell, You made me love you, 2005, UK
Robot (John Miller and Takuji Kogo), Look 49, 2012, USA/ Japan
Marijke van Warmerdam, The Big Memory, 2008, NL
Liliane Lijn, Caution Matter, 2012, USA
Kunstinstituut Melly, Paul Thek ‘The Wonderful World that Almost Was’, 1995, USA
Michael Rudnick, Pup y Pup, 1977, USA, restoration courtesy of the the Academy Film Archive
Anita Delaney, Crème, 2021, UK
Jem Cohen, Anne Truitt, Working, 2009, USA
Jack Smith, Scotch Tape, 1959 – 1962, USA
Running time 85 minutes

Isabel Nolan was born in 1974 in Dublin, Ireland. Recent shows include ‘A delicate bond which is also a gap’, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan (2021); ‘The air between things’, two-person exhibition with Stephen McKenna, OCT Boxes Art Museum, Shunde, China (2019); ‘Ein Fuß in der Welt / One Foot in the World’, Kunstverein Langenhagen, Germany (2018); ‘Another View from Nowhen’, London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE, UK (2017–18); ‘Curling up with reality’, Grazer Kunstverein, Austria (2017–2018); ‘Calling on Gravity’, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2017); ‘The weakened eye of day’, Mercer Union, Toronto and CAG, Vancouver (both Canada, 2016) and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2014) and ‘A hole into the future’, Musée d’art moderne de Saint Etienne, France (2012).

Nolan is represented by Kerlin Gallery, Ireland. In late 2020, Launchpad and Kerlin Gallery published ‘Curling up with reality’, bringing together a decade of Nolan’s work including significant exhibitions and 20 of the artist’s writings. Her solo exhibition ‘Spaced Out’ continues at Kerlin Gallery until 15th January 2022.



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