National Sculpture Factory
Since 2010, Cork Film Festival and National Sculpture Factory have developed a unique and fruitful partnership, creating a large platform for artists to connect with a wider public, and to explore the interconnection between film and visual arts through collaboration.
In 2018, the National Sculpture Factory and Cork Film Festival were delighted to present
Alan Butler’s On Exactitude in Science, 12- 14 November 2018
Presented on two screens, Alan Butler’s installation On Exactitude in Science (2017) comprises of the Godfrey Reggio motion picture KOYAANISQATSI (1983), presented in synchronicity with Butler’s shot-for-shot remake KOYAANISGTAV (2017). The work by Reggio was chosen by Butler as a cultural artifact, and a paragon of the most popular visual media of the 20th century, film. The original motion picture does not follow a formal screenplay as such, instead embodies a poetic, pictorial mode of documentary film-making. Using KOYAANISQATSI as a screenplay itself, Butler has transposed this work into a new form using the virtual worlds within the Grand Theft Auto video game series.
On Exactitude in Science takes its name from the Jorge Luis Borges short story, Del rigor en la ciencia (1946). This passage describes an ancient, fictional civilization that creates a 1:1 scale map of their territory. Borges, who annotated this text under a pseudonym, in fact based the work on an extract from a Lewis Carroll work first published in 1889.
Alan Butler Biography
Alan Butler’s work explores material and philosophical ideas about the functions of imagery and meaning in technologically mediated realities. His subject often ties together the cultural dogma that underpins visual languages, with algorithmic modes of being in western capitalist societies. He received his MFA from LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore (2009). and BA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2004).
Recent activities include solo exhibitions The Need To Argue In The Master’s Language, Visual Carlow, Ireland (2018); Down and Out in Los Santos, Malmö Fotobiennal, Sweden (2017); HELIOSYNTH, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin (2017); We Were Promised Anarchy, But What We Got Was Chaos, Solstice Art Centre, Ireland (2015); Youth Outreach In N. Korea, Supermarket , Stockholm, Sweden (2015); The Parallax View, Ormston House, Limerick, Ireland (2014); and group exhibitions SITUATIONS/Posthuman, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2018); States of Play: Roleplay Reality, FACT, Liverpool, England (2018); When Facts Don’t Matter, St Carthage Hall, Lismore Castle, Ireland (2018); As Above, So Below, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2017); Les Rencontres d’Arles, France (2017); Scissors Cuts Paper Wraps Stone, CCA Derry/Londonderry (2016) ; FUTURES: Anthology 2, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland (2015); Telling Lies, RUA RED, Dublin, Ireland (2015); Please return, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (2015), among others.
Alan Butler’s work is in the collections of IMMA – the Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Office of Public Works, Ireland, and Trinity College Dublin. He is represented by Green On Red Gallery, Ireland.
Originally Commissioned by IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2017.
Lux Film Prize
Since 2007, the European Parliament LUX Film Prize has cast an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate. The parliament believes that cinema can be an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future.
The films selected for the LUX Film Prize competition help to air different views on some of the main social and political issues of the day and, as such, contribute to building a stronger European identity. They help celebrate the universal reach of European values, illustrate the diversity of European traditions and shed light on the process of European integration.
The LUX Film Prize has become a quality label backing European film productions. Its winning films have become hits within the EU and beyond. It has helped publicise films that might otherwise have been seen and discovered by few people, and has put the spotlight on urgent topical issues.