Emtigon

Joe Comerford

Description

‘Joe Comerford’s first film, involves a process of combining ‘elements of narrative with abstraction’ that informs all of his other work. A pitch-black Beckett-like vaudeville of impotence andaggression, Emtigon tragicomically details a homeless old man’s covert intrusion on a young woman social worker. Claustrophobic framing and cutting refuses the viewer an easy interpretation or even a comfortable point of view but the abstractions hint and nudge at possible meanings. An associational montage of images from World War I suggests a collective memory that might somehow underlie the protagonist’s behavior. The final image of a stolen house-key dropped into dark canal waters is emblematic of this filmmaker’s opaque, poetic narratives.’ (Notes by Eugene Finn, sourced from http://www.ifi.ie/wp-content/uploads/Joe-Comerford-Painting-a-Feature-by-Eugene-Finn1.pdf on April 25th 2016).

Note: First shown at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

Details
Title

Emtigon

Year

1971

Creator

Joe Comerford

Medium

Moving Image

Form

Short

Genre

Abstract Live Action, Portrait, Trance

Subject

Homelessness, Voyeurism, World War I

Language

English (eng)

Duration

14 minutes

Original format

Physical: Film: 16mm

Aspect ratio

to be confirmed

Colour

Black and White

Sound

Sound

Rights

to be confirmed

Artist website

No artist website exists

Link to work

Not available online