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Clare Langan, b.1967

Too Dark for Night2001

Clare Langan’s post-apocalyptic trilogy of films, ‘Forty Below’, 1999, ‘Too Dark for Night’, 2001 and ‘Glass Hour’, 2002, individually and collectively offer us visions of a future in which the forces of nature appear to have overwhelmed the human hold on the planet. Each film explores the limitless forces of nature as they trace the path of a solitary figure through a catastrophic landscape. Created using a Bolex 16mm and Super 16mm camera customised with hand-painted filters and lens attachments, the trilogy was not altered in postproduction, except for their transfer to DVD. This approach remains true to the sensuality of film and gives a highly atmospheric and painterly feel to the finished works, each part of the trilogy having its own palette of colours, and each its own texture. By introducing highly-saturated colours into the piece Langan evokes feelings of nostalgia, loss, and isolation. Shot on location between Ireland, Iceland and Namibia, the trilogy explores the seemingly limitless forces of nature, tracing the path of a solitary figure through a post-apocalyptic landscape.

‘Too Dark for Night’, the second film in the trilogy, depicts violent extremes of climate. In contrast to ‘Forty Below’ the landscape is an arid one becoming engulfed by an ever advancing desert. The desert scenes in sepia tones are accentuated by the grainy quality of the film.

MediumSuper 16 mm film transferred to video (colour, surround sound)
Duration Dimensions variable
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2003
EditionEdition 2/5
Item NumberIMMA.1608
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Clare Langan, Too Dark for Night, 2001, Super 16 mm film transferred to video (colour, surround sound), Dimensions variable, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2003

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Clare Langan b.1967

Clare Langan studied Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and with a Fulbright Scholarship, completed a film course at NYU. In 2017 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from The National University of Ireland and in 2019 she became a member of Aosdána. Langan’s work has been exhibited extensively on an international level for over 20 years and has represented Ireland in numerous international Biennales.
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