Artist in Residence role, based in the School of Film, Music and
Theatre, is jointly funded by the Arts Council and UCC. It is designed to
provide a film artist of distinction with a unique opportunity to develop their
practice in a university environment, while offering students and staff of Film
& Screen Media the opportunity to engage with a practising artist in a
meaningful way during the course of their studies and wider cultural
involvement in campus life.
Le Cain is the ninth film
artist to be appointed to the role and follows Carmel Winters, Gerry
Stembridge, Hugh Travers, Mark O’Halloran, Pat Murphy, Alan Gilsenan, Tadhg
O’Sullivan and Yvonne McDevitt who have enjoyed successful residencies at UCC
Speaking of the appointment Fionnuala
Sweeney, Head of Film and Architecture at the Arts Council, said: “The
Arts Council wishes to congratulate Maximilian Le Cain on his appointment as
Film Artist in Residence at UCC. We hope that the residency will provide Max
with the opportunity to further his singular creative practice in the
supportive and creative environment offered by UCC.”
Laura Rascaroli, Head of the School of Film, Music and Theatre, added: “We are
delighted with Max Le Cain’s appointment. The unique vision at the core of his
boundary-pushing work will inspire our students and encourage them on new
creative trails. We warmly welcome him to UCC and look forward to his
Maximilian Le Cain
Maximilian Le Cain has created a prolific and acclaimed body of moving image work including features, shorts, installations and film-related performances. His filmmaking proposes a personal relationship with cinema as a site of haunting. Accepted visual and storytelling codes are encouraged to collapse into a more personalised system that approaches moving imagery as an experiential construct open to possession by multiple claims of memory and interpretation.
Cain is currently completing Solitaire (2023), a feature made
with the support of an Arts Council Project Award. Recent works include Daughter
of the Sun (2021), a short based on the Irish legend of the Cailleach
Beara that screened at the 2022 Cork International Film Festival; and Blissed (2022),
a feature presented at ECRÃ Festival, Brazil. He created an expanded cinema
performance, Two Times in One Space, for Oberhausen Film Festival
2022 in collaboration with Léa Lanoë.
Le Cain is affiliated with Experimental Film Society (EFS), a Dublin-based
company dedicated to the production and distribution of experimental cinema.
His work featured in an exhibition and event series at Project Arts Centre,
Dublin in May/June 2021 to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of EFS. He
frequently works in partnership with Vicky Langan. Their decade-long collaboration
has created an intimate but unsettling personal universe in film and
performance. He is also a programmer and writer on cinema.
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