The Most Cruel of All Goddesses + Q&A

A covert agent is following a line of investigation that seems to lead him back to the life of Friedrich Engels. The trail leads him to through locations particular to Engels: Manchester, Salford, London and to Wuppertal, his hometown. The agent is led to the Oktoberfest and his ultimate fate. The film, shot on 16mm, unites Clarke’s relationship with the loss of history and the haunt of grand narratives with the impending doom and critique of playwright Odon von Horváth – the inspiration for our opening exhibition, The heart is deceitful above all things. Clarke’s signature style of a lingering camera, long takes and sole narrator is expanded upon by use of sound and exploiting a fictional narrative. The film reimagines Kasimir and Karoline’s story as a contemporary allegory for the failure of the promises of previous centuries.

Further Info

The Most Cruel of All Goddesses was co-commissioned by HOME and the University of Salford as part of The heart is deceitful above all things, HOME’s major inaugural exhibition curated by Omar Kholeif and Sarah Perks.  The film and exhibition were inspired by Ödön von Horváth’s classic play Kasimir and Karoline (adapted by dramatist Simon Stephens into The Funfair), which premiered at HOME on Thu 14 May 2015. An edition of The Most Cruel of All Goddesses is held in the University of Salford’s art collection. This feature length film is currently being submitted to film festivals internationally.

Event details

The screening on Sat 28 Nov will be followed by a Q&A with the artist and Dr Andy Willis, University of Salford. This event is part of Engels Day with Chetham’s Library. More information can be found here.

  • Booking Details

    For further details, enquiries or to request a screener please contact the HOME Artist Film team at artistfilm@homemcr.org

  • About the filmmaking team

    Director:

    Declan Clarke (b. Dublin, 1974) studied at NCAD, Dublin (BA Fine Art) and Chelsea College of Art, London (MA Fine Art). In 2012, he was short listed to represent Ireland at the Venice Biennale 2013. In 2002/03, he was awarded the PS1MOMA International Residency Program by The Arts Council of Ireland. Recent exhibitions include ‘Group Portrait with Explosives’, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, 2014 (solo); ‘Invisible Violence’, Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Serbia, & Basque Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria, Spain 2014; ‘Built With Love’, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, 2013; ‘We’ll Be This Way Until the End of the World’, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, 2011 (solo); ‘We Are Grammar’, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York; Dublin Contemporary 2011; ‘Der Menchen Klee’, KIT, Düsseldorf, 2011; ‘Loneliness in West Germany’, Goethe-Institut, Dublin, 2009 (solo); ‘Nothing Human is Alien to Me’, Pierogi, Leipzig, 2008 (solo). Declan Clarke’s powerful films intertwine personal subjectivity and action with grand narratives and explorations of the historical edifices of power. They have recently been included in the Tromsø International Film Festival in 2014; Cinéphémère, Jardin Des Tuilieries, FIAC, Paris, and FID-Marseille International Film Festival, both 2013.

  • Venues

    Preview Screening at The University of Salford