It is difficult to see through the chaos during moments of great change. The future is blurred and the past is no more than a mangle of facts and opinions, and yet our ‘great world spins’ without pause. Artists arrive at an understanding of reality, by distilling personal and public experience to articulate a truth. Kilkenny Arts Festival 2012 presents several films that probe or process the state of things as they are now, or as we have made them.
‘At the still point of the turning world’ time seems suspended or interrupted, a collective intake of breath begets a kind of silence and there is pause for reflection: it is at this ‘still point’ these nine women artists make work, watchful of where we are and what has gone before.
New Media Art has been a genre of growing importance since the ’60s and yet it can strike a note of terror in a public audience. This catchall phrase describes a vast array of techniques and formats. Kilkenny Arts Festival 2012 platforms a few different ways of thinking about the medium and technical approaches as divergent as artists’ performances, animated drawings, scripted narrative reconstructions of historical experience and painterly renderings of imagined or observed phenomena. These eight projects represent emerging talents as well as the strong, established voices of Irish women artists working in film and new media: Aideen Barry, Cecily Brennan, Anita Groener, Tracy Hanna, Jesse Jones, Áine Phillips/Vivienne Dick, Niamh O’Malley and Deborah Smith.