Vicky Langan is a multidisciplinary artist working in the field of experimental sound, performance and film. Langan both embraces and projects vulnerability, offering an intimate territory loaded with personal symbolism and unguarded emotion. Close recordings of the natural world, intimate sounds from daily life, emotional unearthing and a disturbance of surfaces are all explored as a temporal space where the material body and sensual inner worlds mesh. In opening herself emotionally, she creates warm yet discomforting rituals that at once embrace the viewer and remain resolutely private, exploring the limits of what can be shared between people and what must remain mysterious.
For the RESONATE residency, Vicky will spend time filming, recording and experimenting on site at Triskel Christchurch in collaboration with Maximilian Le Cain, working towards building a brand new multidisciplinary live performance in April 2024. Commenting on the award Vicky said “After a much-needed break from live music over the past two years, RESONATE allows me to return, consolidating both my sound and my still-developing film practice in a live capacity, for the first time. Thanks to Music Network and Triskel Arts Centre for this very exciting opportunity.”
Langan has been an active part of the Cork arts community since 2003, curating and producing experimental music/cinema events with Black Sun Cork, SoundEye Poetry Festival, the Avant Cork festival, the Cork Film Festival, and most recently with Sherkin Island’s Open Ear festival. She is a recipient of a 2019 Next Generation Artists Award, as well as bursary awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, Cork City Council and Music Network. She has collaborated with/performed alongside artists such as Pauline Oliveros, Alice Maher, Vivienne Dick, Lydia Lunch, Aaron Dilloway, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Graham Lambkin, Adam Bohman, The Quiet Club, Florence Peake and Dominic Thorpe, and has presented work at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; National Sculpture Factory, Cork; Triskel Arts Centre, Cork; VISUAL, Carlow; TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Galway; Café OTO London; IKLECTIK Arts Lab, London; Tusk Festival, Gateshead; The Arnolfini, Bristol; Supernormal Festival, Oxford; Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival, Switzerland.
Langan’s decade-long filmmaking partnership with filmmaker and critic Maximilian Le Cain has resulted in screenings and retrospectives of their work having been shown throughout the world. Langan/Le Cain are affiliated with Experimental Film Society, an Irish company dedicated to the creation of uncompromisingly personal, formally challenging filmmaking. Langan/Le Cain retrospective screenings have been held at Microscope Gallery, New York, and the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, and their work is part of the Arts Council of Ireland’s permanent collection.