A Visit, A Ceremony, A Gift, is a new film commission curated by Kate Strain as part of the TULCA Unselfing programme for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, supported by The French Embassy in Ireland.
The film focuses on the research and practice of Austrian artist and philosopher Elisabeth Von Samsonow who has been inspired by the role of the White Goddess, and the Deep Ecology movement. Elisabeth von Samsonow uses an alphabet based on trees native to both Ireland and Austria, to create poetry and uncover its’ origin in the woods.
Participating artists: Marielle MacLeman (IE), Ruth Le Gear (IE), Ruby Wallis and Michaële Cutaya (IE), Michelle Doyle (IE), Liliane Puthod (FR), Naïmé Perrette (FR) and Sara Sadik (FR); will contribute new work through film, sculpture, music, sound and design investigating the access to nature through poetic language.
A Visit, A Ceremony, A Gift connects distant places by investigating the enduring challenge that all people face. That is, trying to understand the mysterious languages of nature in trees, the open air and the earth.
The film will premiere online for a limited duration via tulca.ie from 9pm GMT on Friday 16th April 2021 as part of a weekend of events to celebrate the culmination of TULCA’s UnSelfing programme. To register for the special online screening please visit www.tulca.ie
About TULCA Unselfing
TULCA UnSelfing is a programme of visual art exhibitions, performances, and encounters commissioned by TULCA Festival of Visual Arts for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.
Launched in February 2020 with the inaugural exhibition Deep States curated by Helen Carey presenting the work of artists; Dominic Thorpe (Ireland), Veronika Merklein (Austria & Germany) Andrej Mircev (Croatia), Nikoleta Markovic (born in Yugoslavia), Eunseo Yi (Republic of Korea).
Followed by two exhibitons; Threads by Irish Artist Austin Ivers curated by Sarah Searson and online exhibition and publication Nothing to Look Forward To But The Past curated by Gregory McCartney with artists; Stuart Cairns, Nadege Meriau, Daniel Seiffert, Tara Wray. Writers: Prof. Lorna Piatti-Farnell, Prof. Peter Knight, Dr Dara Downey, Anna Walsh, Gail McConnell, Sharon Young.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic the remainder of the programme has been further reimagined and repositioned with projects taking place in April 2021.
Image Credit: Elisabeth Von Samsonow, A Visit, A Ceremony A gift – production Still, 2021