On Exactitude In Science

Alan Butler

Since 2010, Cork Film Festival and National Sculpture Factory have developed a unique and fruitful partnership, creating a large platform for artists to connect with a wider public, and to explore the interconnection between film and visual arts through collaboration.

On Exactitude in Science

Alan Butler’s installation On Exactitude in Science (2017), presented on two screens, comprises Godfrey Reggio’s motion picture Koyaanisqatsi (1983) in synchronicity with Butler’s shot-for-shot remake Koyaanisgtav (2017), which he has transposed into a new form using the virtual worlds within the Grand Theft Auto video game series. Reggio’s work was chosen by Butler as a paragon of the most popular visual medium of the 20th century: film. The original motion picture does not follow a formal screenplay as such; instead it embodies a poetic, pictorial mode of documentary filmmaking.

Originally commissioned by the Irish Museum of Modern Art, On Exactitude in Science takes its name from the Jorge Luis Borges short story, Del rigor en la ciencia (1946), which describes an ancient, fictional civilization that creates a 1:1 scale map of its territory.

Alan Butler’s work explores material and philosophical ideas about the functions of imagery and meaning in technologically mediated realities. Recent solo exhibitions include The Need To Argue In The Master’s Language, Visual Carlow, Ireland (2018); Down and Out in Los Santos, Malmö Fotobiennal, Sweden (2017); and HELIOSYNTH, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin (2017). His work is in the collections of IMMA, The Office of Public Works and Trinity College Dublin. He is represented by Green On Red Gallery, Ireland.

Alan Butler Artist Talk: ‘In-Game Photography and Cinema’

A discussion on his recent work ‘On Exactitude in Science’ screened at the National Sculpture Factory as part of the 63rd Cork Film Festival 2018 as well as his approach to working with new technologies and the future for art making in a digital age

Alan Butler’s work explores material and philosophical ideas about the functions of imagery and meaning in technologically mediated realities. His subject often ties together the cultural dogma that underpins visual languages, with algorithmic modes of being in western capitalist societies. He received his MFA from LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore (2009). and BA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2004).

Followed by a Q+A session with Senior Programmer at the Cork Film Festival – Don O’Mahony.

Image Credits: On Exactitude in Science by Alan Butler (2017), Two-screen HD video, 5.1 audio. Artist Proof, Edition of 5 + 1 A.P., courtesy of the artist. Koyaanisqatsi (© IRE 1983, All Rights Reserved) courtesy of Godfrey Reggio and the Institute for Regional Education.

Lux Film Prize

European Parliament

Since 2007, the European Parliament LUX Film Prize has cast an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate. The parliament believes that cinema can be an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future.

The films selected for the LUX Film Prize competition help to air different views on some of the main social and political issues of the day and, as such, contribute to building a stronger European identity. They help celebrate the universal reach of European values, illustrate the diversity of European traditions and shed light on the process of European integration.

The LUX Film Prize has become a quality label backing European film productions. Its winning films have become hits within the EU and beyond.

It has helped publicise films that might otherwise have been seen and discovered by few people, and has put the spotlight on urgent topical issues.

Cork Film Festival proudly presented three films in contention for the 2018 LUX European Parliament Film Prize:

Border (Gräns)   

Ali Abbasi / Sweden, Denmark / 2018 / 108 mins / Subtitled

The Other Side of Everything (Druga strana svega)

Mila Turajlić / Serbia, France, Qatar / 2018 / 104 mins


Wolfgang Fischer / Germany, Austria / 2018 / 94 mins