Artist Films Screening

To be consumed in totality

Running 1-31 July
Curated by aemi and Kevin Gaffney
Available to audiences globally free of charge on the aemi website.


Artist Talk Wed 14 July 8pm via Zoom



This year, in collaboration with aemi, the festival presents ‘To be consumed in totality’, an Artists Film Screening programme curated with and featuring work by artist-filmmaker Kevin Gaffney, looking at how we grow and consume food, and spend our time waiting for change, connection and satisfaction.

The seven artists’ works depict orchards being cared for in a desert, wild boars devouring a multi-tiered cake, a state-mandated flour consumption quota, all-consuming relationships, online identities and the sexually charged language of advertising. ‘To be consumed in totality’ explores the tension between our experience of natural and constructed realities through a wide range of processes and materials, including 16mm experimental film, fiction, documentary and archival footage.


Film Schedule

Jennifer Mehigan, Fantasy Flesh 2.0, 25 minutes
Lana May Fleming, It’s not really about strawberries, Is it?, 46 seconds
Kevin Gaffney, A Numbness in the Mouth, 17 minutes 32 seconds
Vicki Thornton, The Centre and the Circumference, 7 minutes
Bryony Dunne, The Orchard Keepers, 24 minutes
Viktoria Schmid, Food Films, ‘alphabet soup and coffee’, 2 minutes
Greta Alfaro, In Praise of the Beast, 15 minutes

About the Artists

aemi is an Arts Council-funded organisation that supports and regularly exhibits moving image works by artists and experimental filmmakers. aemi’s key objective is to provide support for artists working with the moving image in order to contribute to a developing infrastructure around these practices in Ireland. aemi is dedicated to expanding audiences for this material through regular curated programmes of Irish and international work with the intention of enriching the critical discourse that surrounds the wide range of activity in this area. aemi prioritises access to the cinema as an important site of exhibition for artists and makes this space available to engage with overlooked histories of practice and cultivate new forms of expression through the moving image.

Kevin Gaffney is an artist filmmaker based between Dublin and Belfast. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011 with an MA Photography and Moving Image, and was awarded the first Sky Academy Arts Scholarship for an Irish artist in 2015. He was an UNESCO-Aschberg laureate artist in residence at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art’s Changdong Residency in South Korea (2014) and received the Kooshk Artist Residency Award to create a new film in Iran (2015). A monograph of his work, Unseen By My Open Eyes, was published in 2017. He is currently a PhD researcher at Ulster University.


Still from A Numbness in the Mouth by Kevin Gaffney


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