Thanks to the Cork Film Festival for hosting three Rich Pickings events as part of it’s fantastic 2013 programme in November. Triskel Christchurch provided a grand, atmospheric backdrop for a diverse set of events which covered mental health, technology and the body and political activism. We’re looking forward to partnering up with the festival again next year for more forays into the strange, soulful, scientific and sublime.
Artist and designer Agatha Haines will be joining our ‘Rewiring The Body’ event at Cork Film Festival to present and discuss her work which explores possible futures of organ design and body modification. Haines graduated in 2013 from the Design Interactions program at the Royal College of Art. She made a splash with her graduation show which featured beautifully rendered sculptures of bioprinted organs and surgically enhanced babies.
The main focus of Agatha’s work is the design of the human body and the question of how people might people respond to the possibilities of our body as an everyday material. She asks how far can we push our malleable bodies while still being accepted by society, and the role of designers in encouraging society to accept modifications and augmentations. Her presentation will follow a short film programme combining documentary, sci-fi and experimental takes on the theme of technology and the body.
Rich Pickings have curated three events for the 58th Cork Film Festival in November. Covering themes as diverse as mental health and the law, technology and the body and political activism, these events combine short film, feature film and discussion to explore essential areas of science and society.
You can read an overview here and we’ll be updating it with more information over the next two weeks. The feature films we are screening include John Kastner’s powerful documentary Not Criminally Responsible, which tells the story of a psychotic man who commits a terrible crime, his rehabilitation and ultimately his return to the community. Meanwhile 99%, a collaboratively made film from the Occupy Wall Street collective, gives an inside view of the processes and issues behind one of the most exciting and powerful political movements that America has seen this century.
We’ll also be screening some brilliant short animations, dramas and documentaries looking at subjects from PTSD to cyborgs and from 3D printed prosthetics to global food distribution. The Festival looks as if it is going to be a belter so check out the programme and get there if you can!
Thanks to everyone who made it down to KONK for Imagining Remembering Forgetting: Art and the Unconscious on Monday. We’ve not had an audience that opinionated for a while, masses of good thoughts to chew over after that one. “The most fascinating evening I’ve had in a long time Will be difficult to sleep tonight with so much buzzing in my head!” one audience member posted on FB afterwards. That’s nice.
We’ll be delving into the unconscious again as part of our epic progranmme of events at Cork Film Festival (more on that soon) but in the meantime, here’s what David Lynch has to say on the subject.
Rich Pickings is looking for short films to screen at the upcoming Scalarama Film Jam. We’re looking for films that look at nature, but look at it a bit funny. Films that look at nature through biased human eyes, exploring the dark, the bizarre, the unfriendly, the obscene and the unknown. All genres considered, films must be under 12 minutes. Email links to: carla[at]richpicks.org.
Here’s one for inspiration:
The Sleep Paralysis Project, a short film and cross-platform initiative co-produced by Rich Pickings, has been the talk of the town in recent months. The project includes a series of events, a web resource and a short film entitled Devil In The Room, all geared towards promoting an understanding of, and creatively exploring, the spooky phenomenon of sleep paralysis.
The Guardian Science Weekly has just released a podcast dedicated to the project and surrounding subject matter, including interviews with some of the key contributors. Meanwhile Devil In The Room has been selected to compete for the Grand Prix Animation at the 19th Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, the country’s leading international short film showcase. The film will screen as part of the animation programme on September 20th at Bristol’s Arnolfini. It has also been selected to screen as part of this year’s London Animation Festival in October among other festivals and events. You can read some more background on the project on the Wellcome Trust blog, listen to a radio features on Monocle radio (from minute :24) and Resonance FM and read about it in the Huffington Post.
Oh, and here’s a trailer for the short film: