Between Structure and Agency + Saoirse Wall

Curated and introduced by Alice Butler

This programme of short works examines different facets or experiences of agency to consider what occurs when it is compromised, reclaimed, expanded or channelled elsewhere, specifically to the natural and built environment. With recent films by Irish artists Saoirse Wall, Laura Fitzgerald, Sharon Whooley, Doireann O’Malley and Ronan McCrea, this screening looks particularly but not exclusively at the role of the film protagonist and the struggle to find and maintain a place as cinematic subject. Featuring a live performance by artist Saoirse Wall.

This event marks the launch of a tour with LUX to several UK venues over twelve months. Presented by the Irish Film Institute and distributed in the UK by LUX. Supported by Culture Ireland GB18.

Thursday 25 October 2018
Tyneside Cinema (Kino)
£6 / £4



Ronan McCrea

Video, colour, sound

Sticky Encounter

Saoirse Wall

Video, colour, sound

Portrait of a Stone

Laura Fitzgerald

VHS transferred to digital video, colour, sound


Sharon Whooley

16mm transferred to video, colour, sound

A dream of becoming 24 eyes, 4 parallel brains & 360 vision

Doireann O’Malley

Super 8 & 16 mm transferred to video, colour, sound

About the artist & curator

Alice Butler is a film programmer, curator, writer and co-director of aemi, a Dublin-based organisation that supports and exhibits artists’ moving image. For six years, Alice was responsible for artists’ moving image programming at the Irish Film Institute. She programmes regular screenings at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and has presented at IMMA, Project Arts Centre, PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image, Galway Arts Centre among others. She was curator of ‘The L Shape’ (The Dock, 2018). As a writer, Alice has contributed to Sight and Sound, SET Magazine, Paper Visual Art, Enclave Review, VAN, EFS Publications and CIRCA. She is also a regular arts reviewer for RTÉ Radio One’s Arena, and recently completed a survey chapter on the work of filmmaker Pat Murphy (pub. 2019).

Saoirse Wall studied Fine Art Media at the National College of Art and Design, Ireland. They are currently taking part in School of the Damned, a year-long alternative art course directed by its students. Their work has shown across the world, including at Hotel Maria Kapel (Netherlands), Fokidos (Athens), HDLU (Zagreb) and Sala Luis Miro Quesada Garland (Lima), among others. Their work is held in the National Gallery of Ireland Collection. Saoirse was co-curator of ‘setup, a device’ (Dublin, 2014) and ‘Knowledge and other Myths’ (Belfast, 2016); and has served as visiting tutor and invited guest at the National College of Art & Design; National Gallery of Ireland; and at IMMA. They live and work between Dublin and Mayo.