PAPAY GYRO NIGHTS @ G! FESTIVAL

STUART MCLEAN

PAPAY GYRO NIGHTS @ G! FESTIVAL programme:

18 – 20. 07. 2013

PAPAY GYRO NIGHTS ART FESTIVAL is proud to be a part of G! Festival present by ORKA, and to introduce our Festival in Faroe Islands, which are not far from Orkney and share some common history and traditions. Papay Gyro is the same to Faroese Grylur, and Gyro Nights were celebrated on our island until 100 years ago – were almost forgotten and now back as a celebration of video art, sound art, experimental cinema and fire

From the first year Papay Gyro Nights presented works by Faroese artists: Katrin Ottarsdottir, Rammatik, ORKA and Jóanes Nielsen and we hope to have more collaborations in the future

At G! we’ll be presenting the World premiere of a film by Rannvá Káradóttir and Laura Navndrup: THE PORTRAITS (FO/DK); and our 2013 Video Art selection:

Anders Weberg: NOTHINGNESS 3 (SE)

Bjarni Gunnarsson & Cédric Dupire: GRAY SEEDS (IS/FR)

Juha van Ingen: GHOST RIDER (FI)

Linda Quinlan: MROOUCTKH (IE)

Natalie Price-Hafslund: CHOP CHOP (NO)

Rikke Benborg: MONOCHROME 73 / UNTITLED 1 / UNTITLED 2 (DK)

Ryo Ikeshiro: CONSTRUCTION IN ZHUANGZI (UK)

Silje Linge Haaland: ON THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN THE SNOW IS THE RAIN (NO)

Valentina Ferrandes: BERG (GE)

Wu Junyong: TIME OF STOMACH (CN)

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talk by STUART MCLEAN (PGN Anthropologist in Residency) : Gyro Nights, or, Inhuman Culture / Inhuman Nature

Eivør

Budam

Byrta

Kári Sverrison & Bendar Spónir

Joanes Nielsen

World premiere of a film by Rannvá Káradóttir and Laura Navndrup: THE PORTRAITS (FO/DK)

 PAPAY GYRO NIGHTS IN FAROE ISLANDS

The old Orkney legend tell us the story of local hero Assipattle and his battle with the Stoor Warm – Giant Dragon.  The Dragon was defeated by Assipattle sneaking into the belly of the monster and burning its liver with a fire.  The Stoor Worm leaped to the Moon in pain and crashed back on the Earth creating Baltic Sea.His burning liver got thrown away and became Iceland which is still burning till now. His teeth fall  and became Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands, with the last sharp tusks smashing into the sea  creating Faroes. 

This July we went to Faroes to see if the story is true. Aye – it is – the sharp tusks of the Stoor Warm are rising from the Atlantic inhabited by what looks like wolves from the plane, but on closer look – packs of sheep on green slopes. People live there too. Good ones. Making great music and great G! Festival in Gotta. Deep tunnels are connecting islands, but feels uncomfortable to be inside –its like instead touching the fur of a beautiful animal to travel like Assipattle in the guts. Fuck Tunnels by 200 was the firs song remembered. Later familiar and new songs of Kristian Blak / well remembered and missed in Orkney /, Kári Sverrison & Bendar Spónir, Eivør, Budam, Byrta and many more. The sun was shining and Gotta looked Caribbean and we had a great vibe concrete shelter of SIRKUS with all our film and video programme, talk by Stuart McLean: and a great luck to meet all Faroese writers and poets at the reading. Not knowing the language but absorbing the melody and rhythm of the place. Joanes Nielsen in flesh, the man, the poet, the revolutionary, so familiar after Katrin Ottarsdottir’s film.  After listening ORKA and screening Katrin’s and Rammatik film very lucky to see the place from where all those sounds and images are coming from. Remote is not peripheral here – it’s just has more space around.

Back home through tunnels and fog, cozy delayed at Torshavn airport  eating apple pie. Thanks to ORKA, Jon Tyril, Sigga and all Watch That Film, SIRKUS wonderful venue and all G! Team

Kristian Blak

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