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Episode 4 // Denise Chaila and Brian Cross (B+)

Episode Four features a new collaboration from two Limerick artists, rapper and poet Denise Chaila and filmmaker Brian Cross (B+). Their piece, Energy: A Visual Mixtape is a short film like no other, at just 15 minutes long, it contains a multitude.   The film eulogizes local Limerick spaces including Ardnacrusha Power Station, Mount Trenchard House and People’s Park, montaging archival and contemporary footage to form visual couplets that marry diasporic histories, racial discrimination and political ideologies, magic and music.   For this episode Dónal Dineen travels to Limerick and spends two days with the artists as they prepare to show the film to a hometown audience at the Belltable theatre for the first time, before installing it for exhibition at Ormston House gallery. Denise and B+ share their thoughts on the experience of making work together and explain exactly how that came about.   We discover how their respective practices resulted in connecting Irish and African histories and get an insight into some of the critical information they discovered during their combined research. We also get a valuable insight into the collaborative process which in this case spans disciplines and generations.   We Are The Makers is written and presented by Irish broadcaster Dónal Dineen and produced and edited by Ian Cudmore. Original music by Ultan O’Brien. Cover photo by Paul Tarpey. Commissioned by Solas Nua in Washington, D.C., bringing contemporary Irish art to U.S. audiences. Kindly supported by Culture Ireland.   https://www.solasnua.org/   https://denisechaila.bandcamp.com/   http://www.mochilla.com/bplus   https://ormstonhouse.com/programme/energy-a-visual-mixtape/   https://www.cultureireland.ie/   ///


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