Trash Culture Revue June 2010
June 2010 saw our DIY Arts Festival grow to nearly 30 events over 4 days. The future of The Trash Culture Revue and our skills exchange looks secure.
Policed: Subject A
A young girl has been caught shop lifting, but is she really guilty? Or could the outer influences in her life take the blame? Glossy magazines, flashy ads on TV, if one submits to these influences then what choice do they have, but to act the way on the desires they produce?
This film puts on show three dimensions of a young girls life, and from that the three layers they have created in her personality. Influenced by Jennifer Saul, this six minute medley of personas aims to be a thought provoking exhibition of one persons true feelings, and the realities of life as a young female in society. Nothing is restricted, or held back; it is all put on show here. Evolving the Heideggarian theory of “the they” and allowing it to take hold; sit through the police questioning with her and see it for yourself, in “Policed: Subject A”
Policed: Subject 1
Ever been caught in a frame and policed into the digital world? Inspired by Jacques Rancière and his politics around the system of legitimising distribution of power ( “I propose to give this system of distribution and legitimization another name. I propose to call it the police!”) the subject in this short and abstract film explores some dimensions of what is allowed to be seen, what is not to be seen – what is sound and what is noise. At least that is what Ronan thought he was doing… do you have a different interpretation? Here you won’t be policed! You and your mind are invited to join and “create empty spaces of non-communication in between, distorting interruptions, to escape control.” (Deleuze)
MUTANT ROOMS: A Sitting Room
We ran our 3rd Mutant Shorts film competition and the 2nd in our MUTANT ROOMS series. It was our biggest competition yet and was won by Fiona O’Riordan with FLIPPING CHANNELS
Our Cabaret was a great success, it was hosted by Wasps versus Humans and included a mixture of performance poetry, burlesque, hip hop, dance, electronica, impovised music and rock n roll with;
Kevin Blake (DJ) playing his own electronic composition with The Cork City String Quartet
Stephen James Smith, the current Cúirt Literary Grand Slam Champion
The Jitney Trio
AAARRRHHHGHH say it as you really want to by Noelle O’Regan
Noelle O’Regan is a promising young actress, who wishes to give you a brief look at what growing up is like for her. These 30 minutes takes you through her struggle towards social correctness, touching on subjects such as school, parents, puberty, socialising. With it’s heartfelt honesty this piece has the ability to move you to both laughter and tears.
Shape – Changing
Readings from 4 works-in-progress by graduate students of the MA in Drama + Theatre Studies, U.C.C.
Producer Dr Ger FitzGibbon writes:
We were exploring the writing of very short theatre pieces – ten-minute plays, in effect – and gradually extending the scope of these as the material prompted. All four writers were working independently and yet, when we looked at the work they were developing, it was clear that, despite the diversity of styles and moods, there was a striking common thread. At the core of each work was the idea of shape-changing: the known familiar person replaced by a strange replica; the turbulence and chaos of political change; the ordinary processes of growing up or growing old suddenly destabilising what seem the most fixed relationships.
Pieces were by Aoife McCarthy, Danielle Kellerman, Niamh Quinlan, Tracy O’Brien and Jesse Weaver
The Celtic Tiger by Peadar Donohoe
Performed by Tantalus Cork School of Music Adult Drama Group. The Celtic Tiger is a collection of humorous and provocative vignettes exploring attitudes, foibles and issues of our recent economic miracle.
As usual we commemorated Bloomsday on Wednesday 16th with readings from ulysses, The Eden Sigers and musician Ken Cotter
There is generalized hostility towards the university: we hear of the excessive costs of maintaining useless departments/disciplines, about the failure of third level education to provide skills that might be decisive in the labour market, about the laziness of academic staff and the apathy of students. Unheard are better questions about the intrinsic, potential powers of learning and emancipation found in the university.
This workshop was a space for exploring the openings and closings at work in the university today: the mechanisms for the pacification of the student and the quantification of knowledge but also the energies and potentials, the ‘lines of flight’, which escape these mechanisms.
The Trash Country Boogie
A Sunny Summer afternoon of Cowpunk music, beer and the best finger lickin’ food in town. Hank Wedel hosted a great afternoon with the following bands all doing their favourite country covers as well as country versions of their own music:
Stanley Super 800
Aaron Dillon and band
Music space 126
We did a good long intimate evening at Meades wine bar with:
Poet Kathy D’Arcy
Harry Bird and The Rubber Wellies
Using his words, electro beats, a six string and bullhorn Jinx Lennon A.K.A. Free State Nova exposes his cracked mirror view of Hibernia and society in general,drawing the audience into his world like a drowsy insect into the mouth of a flesh eating plant .Jinx has released several accaimed albums including ”Know Your Station Gouger Nation!!!”and last years ”Trauma Themes Idiot Times”and has been a regular at such festivals as the Electric Picnic,CQAF in Belfast,and last years Liverpool Irish Festival
A husband and wife collaboration, Chunky Planet’s commentary style lyrics and alternative indie/folk sound is no recipe for nostalgic love songs. A ‘tell it how you see it’ approach, they switch from the sweet to the absurd, always bringing a certain edge and rawness to their music.
Blessed with a wonderful self deprecating sense of humour, Keith Mullins describes himself as ‘another moany fecker with a guitar’. However, in a singer songwriter world filled with intense navel gazing, thankfully Keith Mullins doesn’t take himself too seriously and keeps the moaning to a bare minimum. On his debut album The Great Atlantic, which releases on February 19th, Mullins delivers ten beautifully crafted simple, honest songs