aemi & LUX Scotland presents: To train the whole body as a tongue

25 June 2019

CCA Glasgow
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Sarah Browne, 'Report to an Academy', 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

LUX Scotland is delighted to partner with aemi to bring To train the whole body as a tongue to CCA Glasgow.

Initiated by aemi and curated by artist, Sarah Browne, To train the whole body as a tongue is a screening comprised of five films that are concerned with practices of bodily exertion and effort in the service of learning, all working within and against certain constraints. An adaptation of a Kafka short story of the same name, Report to an Academy details the experience of a protagonist who has transformed herself from a human into an octopus. Working in an impossible environment, the character chooses to surrender spoken language and take on the form of the agile octopus as a means to find a way out’. As Browne describes, moving through the programme, the significance of the voice recedes and the other sensory capacities of the body emerge. Many of the films share a technique of a frontal address to the camera, as a singular protagonist negotiates institutions of education, illness and beauty, pushing at the limits of our sense of the possible and what bodies can (or should) do’.


Stuart Marshall and Neil Bartlett, Pedagogue, 1988. 11 minutes, SD video.

A M Baggs, In My Language, , 2007. 9 minutes, SD video.

Saoirse Wall, Sticky Encounter, 2016. 10 minutes, HD video.

Sarah Browne, Report to an Academy, 2016. 28 minutes, HD video.

Rosalind Nashashibi, Eyeballing, 2005. 10 minutes, 16mm transferred to HD video.

Total running time: 68 minutes

The screening will be followed by a discussion between Alice Butler (aemi), Saoirse Wall, (artist), and David Upton (Programme Manager, LUX Scotland).


aemi is a Dublin-based initiative that supports and regularly exhibits moving image works by artists and experimental filmmakers. A key objective is to develop audiences for artists’ moving image in Ireland through regular, curated programmes of both Irish and international work with the intention of contributing to critical discourse around a wide range of practices in this area.

aemi prioritises access to the cinema space as a key exhibition site for visual arts-based moving image works. aemi also seeks to develop a strategic approach for the national and international dissemination of moving image works from Irish and Ireland-based artists. aemi endeavours to establish a multi-faceted network of support for moving image artists in Ireland. This would strengthen a connection with LUX, an international arts agency for artists who work with the moving image.

For more details see www​.aemi​.ie

Sarah Browne

Sarah Browne is an artist based in Ireland concerned with non-verbal, bodily experiences of knowledge, labour and justice. Her practice involves sculpture, writing, film, performance and public collaborative projects. Recent solo exhibitions include Report to an Academy, Marabouparken, Stockholm (2017), and Hand to Mouth at CCA Derry~Londonderry & Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2014). In 2016 with Jesse Jones she made In the Shadow of the State, a transnational co-commission for Create and Artangel: this project investigated how female bodies are subjected to the touch’ of the law, and involved close collaboration with women in the fields of law, music, material culture and midwifery. Browne co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale with Gareth Kennedy and Kennedy Browne, their shared collaborative practice. In 2019, Browne will premiere a new film essay, The Shambles of Science, at the Bergen Assembly, Norway. She will also produce Public Feeling, a performative public art commission situated in leisure centres in South Dublin County Council. www​.sarahbrowne​.info @sarahjaybrowne