PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image




PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image have announced the dates for the second edition of their bi-annual festival, taking place from March 24-26 at the Irish Film Institute and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

With a unique and innovative approach to the meeting points between art and cinema PLASTIK has become an exciting platform for the exhibition of artists’ moving image in Ireland, with diverse programmes of curated screenings, discussions and performances.

For the 2017 festival, PLASTIK invites leading international curators, artists and other experts in the field of artists’ moving image to curate and engage with this dynamic field. PLASTIK will use this platform to engage audiences through another series of curated talks and discursive events with Irish and international guests.

The 2017 festival builds upon the success of the inaugural event which toured through venues in Galway, Cork and Dublin. Guests, artists and curators in 2015 included LUX’s Ben Cook and curated programmes by Filipa Ramos (Vdrome/art-agenda), Peter Taylor (Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival), Gerard Byrne and Sarah Pierce (artists) Guillaume Breton (Rowing Projects). Other guests at the 2015 event included Hannah Sawtell (artist) David Gatten (artist), Wilhelm Hein (artist) and speakers George Clark (Tate Film), Maeve Connolly (writer, critic), Isla Leaver-Yap (LUX Scotland), Jesse Jones (artist), Regina Barunke (Temporary Gallery), Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder (artists), Laura Rascioli (Film & Media UCC), Brad Butler (artist) and Lucy Reynolds (St. Martins).

Programme and curator details for the 2017 festival will be announced early in the new year.




PLASTIK Comes to Dublin



PLASTIK is an inaugural international artists’ moving image festival. The first of its kind in Ireland, it emerges through a collaboration between LUX Critical Forum (a meeting group for artist involved with the moving image) LUX, Irish Film Institute and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

After screenings, talks and live performance events in Galway and Cork, PLASTIK culminates in Dublin this weekend 20, 21 22 February, bringing international and Irish work together to form a distinct programme of artist film.

PLASTIK Dublin is a three day event, featuring a series of guest-curated programmes by leading international curators and artists including Gerard Byrne & Sarah Pierce, Filipa Ramos (Vdrome) Peter Taylor (International Film Festival Rotterdam) and Guillaume Breton (Rowing Projects) as well as feature screenings that focus on the work of artist, filmmaker Christoph Schlingensief and David Gatten. On Saturday evening London based artist Hannah Sawtell will perform a unique audio visual performance for PLASTIK.

A programme of panel discussions and talks also take place in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. These discussions invite key participants in fields of critical thinking, artistic and curatorial practice to reflect on issues and concepts surrounding contemporary artists’ moving image. Guest speakers include Benjamin Cook (LUX) George Clark (TATE) Isla Leaver Yap (LUX Scotland) Jesse Jones (artist) and Lucy Reynolds (Central St. Martins) among others.



PLASTIK Programme Announced


PLASTIK  is a collaboration between LUX Critical Forum Dublin (a meeting group for artists involved with the moving image), LUX, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and the Irish Film Institute and the Arts Council.

Over three weekends in February, through a series of events taking place in Galway, Cork and Dublin, PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image will create a new platform for considerations of both contemporary and historical approaches to artists’ moving image. In recent years there has been a significant increase of activity in this sphere, both here and abroad, and PLASTIK creates a site through which these changes can be considered, introducing audiences to a broad selection of works, many of which will be screening in Ireland for the first time.

Curated by Megs Morley

PLASTIK Galway, subtitled ‘A State Within a State’, takes place on Saturday 7th February and will explore essay film. Features work by 2014 Turner Prize winner Duncan Campbell, as well as works from Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Louis Henderson, guest Brad Butler (the Museum of Non- Participation) and a tribute to the late Harun Farocki. A talk will also take place with Laura Rascaroli (UCC) who has written extensively on this area of practice.

Duncan Campbell currently in IMMA
Lawrence Abu Hamdan Feature in Frieze
Harun Farocki Obituary in New York Times

CORK 13 / 14 / 15 FEBRUARY
Curated by Aoife Desmond

PLASTIK Cork (mainly taking place in Crawford Art Gallery and Triskel Arts Centre) is subtitled ‘Phenomenal Love’ and considers in particular ‘expanded cinema’ gestures as they relate to contemporary practice. Special festival guests Luis Recoder and Sandra Gibson from New York will open ‘Phenomenal Love’ with a performance of their new work ‘Obliteration’. They will also present their seminal film installation ‘LightSpill’ and participate in the critical discussion ‘Film Is Dead, Long Live Film’. Guest curator Peter Taylor will present his programme ‘Plastic Passion’ which includes works by Wim Gijzen, Tim Leyendekker, James Richards (2014 Turner Prize Nominee) and Ben Russell. PLASTIK Cork also includes collaborative events with Plugd records and The Guesthouse with guest artists SineLove! (the Croatian audio visual duo) and Lichun Tseng Taiwanese film artist working at Filmwerkplaatz in Rotterdam.

Gibson & Recoder interview & Artforum
Ben Russell preview of Atlantis at CPH:DOX & excerpt
James Richards interview

DUBLIN 20 / 21 / 22 FEBRUARY
Curated by Jenny Brady, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Sibyl Montague & Fifi Smith

Spread over three days and a number of venues PLASTIK Dublin opens on Friday 20th with a programme of films selected by Gerard Byrne and Sarah Pierce from the LUX archive. All screening events at PLASTIK Dublin take place at the Irish Film Institute and will include works by David Gatten (a special guest of the festival), Cerith Wyn Evans, Laure Prouvost, John Smith, Cory Arcangel, Frances Stark, and many more. There will also be a number of discursive events initiated with the support of Maeve Connolly (IADT) and Benjamin Cook (LUX), with talks taking place at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. Saturday evening will feature a live performance by London based artist Hannah Sawtell and the festival will close on Sunday evening with a focus on the work of Christoph Schlingensief. Other guests of the festival include curators Filipa Ramos (Vdrome), Peter Taylor (IFFR), Guillaume Breton (Rowing Projects) and attending speakers including Regina Barunke (Temporary Gallery), George Clark (TATE) and Isla Leaver-Yap (LUX Scotland).

David Gatten overview Harvard Film Archive
Hannah Sawtell overview Vilma Gold
Laure Prouvost Turner Prize

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Plastik Festival of Artists’ Moving Image


Plastik is an inaugural festival of artists’ moving image. The first of its kind in Ireland it emerges from a collaboration between LUX Critical Forum Dublin (a meeting group for artists involved in the moving image), Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and the Irish Film Institute. It is made possible through the generous support of the Arts Council and the partnership of LUX.

GALWAY: 7 February 2015
CORK: 13/14/15 February 2015
DUBLIN: 20/21/22 February 2015

Over the course of 3 weekends throughout February; in venues in Galway, Cork and Dublin, Plastik offers a distinct programme that brings international and Irish work together with a focus on contemporary artists’ moving image not previously shown in Ireland. It will offer the opportunity to view a large number of films with post screening talks with curators/artists, a programme of discursive events and live performances.

Special Guests David Gatten // Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder // Wilhelm Hein
With programmes curated by Gerard Byrne & Sarah Pierce // Filipa Ramos ( // Peter Taylor (International Film Festival Rotterdam //
Plus much more to be announced.

Details of the full programme will be announced 15 January with a launch panel discussion taking place Friday 16 January in An Taibhdhearc Theatre in Galway.