Clare Langan
Flight from the City, 2015
High Definition video single channel film, sound | 6’ 44’’
Music: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Camera and Editing: Clare Langan
Performers: Tristan Gribbin & Leela Lynn Arni
Clare Langan, courtesy of the artist & Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt and Nichido Contemporary, Tokyo

Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland

About the video:
Clare Langan’s “Flight from the City” is about connection, love, separation and transition. Starkly shot in ‘black’ water – in the hot springs at Flúðir, Iceland – Langan focuses on the powerful bond between a mother and daughter. Whilst the film addresses universal concerns of humanity in the intimate relationships between a child, a parent or a partner, the title of the film might also suggest flight from the safety of home. The projection of our experiences become part of the film’s narrative and the entwined and distanced bodies, which we view on screen, ultimately become our own. The film was shot especially for Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s (1969 – 2018) composition Flight from the City. More...

About the artist:
Clare Langan (b. 1967, Ireland) is an Irish artist and filmmaker. Exhibitions and screenings include Kino Der Kunst, Munich (2020); Physical Cinema Festival, Reykjavik (2019); Shaping Ireland, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin (2019); The Best of Kino der Kunst, Dirimart, Istanbul (2018), B3 Biennial of the Moving Image, Frankfurt (2017), Lyon Biennale (2007), and Film Trilogy, MoMA, New York (2004).

Her films have received numerous awards, including the Prix Videoformes 2014, Clermont-Ferrand; the Principle Prize at the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival (2007) and she represented Ireland at the 25th Bienal de São Paolo (2002).

Interview with the artist:
Where are you from and how did you become interested in moving image work?
I am from Dublin, Ireland and became interested in the Moving Image while studying Fine Art at NCAD Dublin. I was particularly taken at that time the work of Andrei Tarkovsky and later while studying at New York University I was introduced to the experimental film scene there.

What inspired/influenced you to make the work?
The Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson had done the music for my film The Floating World, 2013, and asked me if I was interested in making a film for him in exchange. So he sent me the track Flight from the City, which then went on to launch his album Orphée. He gave me complete artistic control, and simply to make a film in reaction to his music.  At the time I did not know his story behind the music. I shot the film in Iceland with a close friend of mine Tristan Gribbin and her 9 year old daughter Leela. Tristan had recently lost her father and I too had suffered recent loss, so we discussed making a film about love and loss, connection and letting go. It was only when Jóhann released the album and I read the byline that I realised the music was also about his experience of love, loss and transition.

What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently doing the post production on a new multi-channel and single channel piece, The Rewilding. It explores the concept of ‘rewilding’, in reaction to recent studies on the mass extinction of animals and plants and the disintegration of the natural world. The film is set in a future world where mankind, animals and nature are more in balance with each other.