Garter Lane Arts Centre, Wednesday 3rd April @ 7:30pm
To Train the Whole Body as a Tongue is a series of films is curated around a piece by Sarah Browne, “Report to an Academy” (2016), whose protagonist has transformed herself from a human into an octopus. Working in an impossible, Kafkaesque environment, she chose to surrender spoken language and take on the form of the agile octopus as a way to find a ‘way out’. The other films in the programme are similarly concerned with practices of bodily exertion and effort in the service of learning, all working within and against certain constraints.
Moving through the programme, the significance of the voice recedes and the other sensory capacities of the body emerge. Many of the films share a technique of a frontal address to the camera, as a singular protagonist negotiates institutions of education, illness and beauty, pushing at the limits of the human sense of the possible and what bodies can (or should) do.
The line up includes:
Pedagogue, Stuart Marshall and Neil Bartlett (11 minutes)
In My Language, Amanda Baggs (9 minutes)
Sticky Encounter, Saoirse Wall (10 minutes)
Report to an Academy, Sarah Browne (28 minutes)
Eyeballing, Rosalind Nashashibi (10 minutes)
(Total Running Time: 68 minutes)
Ticket Price – €8/ €6 conc.
Garter Lane Arts Centre, O’Connell Street, Waterford