Five Swords at the Crossroads
Director & Producer - Brian Kavanagh
Five Swords at the Crossroads (2007) is a documentary film that explores the relationship between craft and creativity, the craftsperson and the artist. Filmed on location in Málaga, London and Dublin, this film explores three characters: the guitar maker, Joaquín García, the guitar player, Benjamin Dwyer, and the guitar itself.
Free Improvisation Session with Nick Roth (saxophone) and Lucas Niggli (percussion) at Middlesex University TV Studios
Performed during the Breaking the Sound Barrier symposium at Middlesex University on 23 June 2015, this improv with percussionist Lucas Niggli, guitarist Benjamin Dwyer and saxophonist Nick Roth closed the
Commissioned by Music Network in 2018, sin título is performed here by guitarist Thibaut Garcia and cellist Isang Enders at St. Ann's Church, Dublin on 25 April 2018. sin título (‘without title’) is a quiet meditation on the music of Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa.
KnowingUnknowing is an improvised triptych for dance (Helen Kindred) and amplified guitar/prepared guitar (Benjamin Dwyer). Inspired by various texts by Samuel Beckett, Ted Hughes and Martin Heidegger, KnowingUnknowing explores the liminal spaces between the body and the zones it occupies, the conscious and the unconscious, movement and stillness, sound and silence, sight and gesture.
KnowingUnknowing [promo short]
Director & Producer - David Zbirka (2016)
KnowingUnknowing [four short excerpts from a film by Pete Gomes]
Below are four short excerpts from a film version of KnowingUnknowing by Pete Gomes. The work represents a trans-disciplinary event in which dancer (Helen Kindred), guitarist (Benjamin Dwyer) and film maker (Gomes) come together in acts of improvisation. Inspired by various texts by Samuel Beckett, Ted Hughes and Martin Heidegger, KnowingUnknowing represents unique 'moments' in which gesture, sound and the nomadic eye of the camera move in response to each other; space, music and vision overlap within a 'third space' (Soja) where artistic expression remains ambiguous, where it emerges out of an 'in-betweeness' that dissolves the boundaries of defined artistic practices...
'...to and fro in shadow from inner to / outershadow / from impenetrable self to impenetrable / unself by way of neither / as between two lit refuges whose / doors once neared gently close, once / turned away from gently part again...' (NEITHER by Samuel Beckett)