8 June 2024

Meet the artist: Maeve Brennan in conversation with Steven Bode

Meet artist Maeve Brennan as she discusses her video Listening in the Dark with outgoing director of Film and Video Umbrella Steven Bode.

Maeve Brennan makes films that draw attention to the overlooked or the unexpected. Listening in the Dark was completed with an award from the Jerwood Foundation and Film and Video Umbrella’s Unintended Consequences programme, to examine the fallout of human activity on the earth. Maeve says ‘The starting point [for the work] was a news story [describing how] wind turbines were actually lethal to bats – a pressure drop behind the moving turbine blade causes the bats’ lungs to explode.’ This awful discovery led Brennan to interview ecologists, palaeontologists and bat experts (chiropterologists) and to join the latter on a nocturnal bat-hunting journey. Join Maeve as she discusses where her journey took her.

Main image: still from Listening in the Dark, moving image by Maeve Brennan

© Maeve Brennan

Upcoming dates:

  • Saturday 8 June, 12pm

With thanks

With thanks to HR World, The CR Group and Maru for sponsoring the Bristol exhibition.

We are very grateful to The National Gallery for sponsorship of the events programme through their NG200 celebrations of the gallery’s bicentenary. This event is part of a programme to accompany the National Treasures: Constable in Bristol “Truth to Nature” exhibition at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

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