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T5 field Cinema - Small groups of people going to remote and pertinent locations to watch films and artist videos.

An ongoing, sporadic project of informally showing artist and feature films in interesting or remote locations. It utilises a T5* generation VW van which is converted as a campervan and also for screening video in remote locations (screen, video projector and petrol generator).

For a number of years the T5 field cinema was supported by an online forum as a way to bring together people, films and locations. Participants could use the forum to involve themselves and help initiate or propose screening events. People registered and became involved. Being Belfast based the general potential screening locations lay within an hour or two drive of the city - but anyone could take part via the forum and potentially, commitment, geography and time allowing, in person.

Today the forum does not run, it was more work running it than it was worth, but the T5 Field Cinema continues to sporadically operate informally and at times formally as part of a wider programme of events such as Fix 09 and Port, River, City.

As an ongoing project I look out for opportunities to run it, in a variety of contexts and for a wide range of engaged people, family, friends and wider members of the public.


* T5 - the 5th generation of VW van - lineage of the cult Split and Bay window vans.

Archive of some of the screenings:

Wabash Cannonball: Granite, Quartz, Iron. 2019
Bbeyond in Bouy Park, Belfast.
art of the Citizengage programme: International Performance Art Festival
Feb 21st, 2019

Full info here: Wabash Cannonball: Granite, Quartz, Iron.

Zombie Line – Wheel and Wire. 2018
VAI, NEW SPACES Ebrington Parade Ground, Derry~Londonderry. Dec 1st 2018

The Red Star is the Pulse of the Forest. Petra Dominova. 2018 (image 3)
Zombie Line. Shipsides & Beggs Projects. 2015 (images 7 and 8)
Imperial City. Conor Mc Feely. 2008 (images 1 and 6)
Crow Trap. Callum Hill. 2018
(images 4 and 5)

Zombie Line – Wheel and Wire. T5 Field Cinema Screening. Shipsides and Beggs Projects and friends.

NEW SPACES – Visual Artist Ireland 5.30-7.00pm 1st December 2018 Walled City Brewery, Ebrington Square & Parade Ground. Derry/Londonderry.

Parked outside the Walled City Brewery for one night only, this T5FC "frostbite" event comprised a show-reel screening and performative (with singing) presentation. Shipsides (in person) and Beggs (in virtual form) presented contextual and anecdotal material circulating around their film Zombie Line (2015), an open work which connects two key motifs - the bicycle wheel and the partition wire - both of which become connected to other works, motifs, periods and histories.

The location provides a contextual resonance to many of the themes encountered in the screening event which will also the include recent Berwick Film Festival award winner Callum Hill’s Crowtrap (2018), Derry/Londonderry-based artist Conor McFeely’s Imperial City (2008) and Belfast-based Petra Dominova’s The Red Star is the Pulse of the Forest (2018). Dan Shipsides (based Belfast) and Neal Beggs (based Nantes) frequently work in partnership as Shipsides and Begg Projects. It is a mutually enriching relationship based on friendship, trust and the divergent unknowns each may bring to their projects.

Alice Butler is a writer, film programmer and curator. She is co-director of aemi (Artist Experimental Moving Image), a Dublin-based initiative that supports and regularly exhibits artist & experimental moving image work in cinema or event-based settings. 5.30pm Sat 1 December 2018 The Walled City Brewery, Derry/Londonderry Dress for the weather. Rain shelter and (limited number of) seating provided.

VAI feature:


Campshires, Dublin Inner City - 22nd Sep. 2017

Campshires, Dublin Inner City Sep 2017
Programme (as part of Port, River, City):
Endpoint. LiveLighthouse stream (throughout - ipad on stand). Cliona Harmey. 2017
Ensnare. 5min. Dara Flanagan. 2016 (Image 7)
Sanity Assassin. 17min. Amanda Beech. 2010 (Image 4 and 6)
He Jumped and Kicked and Spun and Twirled. 4min. David Donohoe. 2002
Aunte Belles’ Door. 2min. Helouise O'Reilly. 2017 (Image 5)
Zombie Line.12min. Shipsides & Beggs Projects. 2015 (Image 3)
Nanowebbers. 3min. Semi-Conductor. 2005
Autumn Scenes. 19min. William Raban. 1978 (Image 2)
Three Points Down to Zero. 15min. Dan Shipsides 2017 (Image 8)


Poolbeg Sea Wall - 17th Sep. 2017.

Poolbeg Sea Wall, Dublin. Sep. 2017

Programme (as part of Port, River, City):
Endpoint. Live stream - variable. Cliona Harmey. 2017 (Image 2)
The Listening Station. 7min. Allan Hughes. 2008 (Image 7)
Lookout Post. 8min. Hugh Watt. 2004 (Image 4 and 3 - innacurate green because of the camera speed)
Your Silent Face. 6min. Seamus Harahan. 2015 (Image 8)
Orifso. 13min. Lis Rhodes. 1999 (Image 1)
Psychoswimography: Santa Barbara. 8min. Vanessa Daws. 2015 (Image 6)
Three Points Down to Zero. 15min. Dan Shipsides. 2017


White Rocks, North Antrim Coast. 2009.
Part of FIX9 festival.

White Rocks, North Antrim Coast 26th Sep 2009
Patchy cloud, cool light wind - decent waves. Scottish lighthouse light sweeping the sea horizon.
Jennifer, Morgan, Tonya, James and Dan.

We showed:
Lenan Bay 360 (Dan Shipsides)
Prospect (Anthony Haughey)
Wave Riders (beautiful and well made Irish surf dvd - there's a great section about the history of surfers going down to El Salvador in their Bay Window VW's) - produced by Margo Harkin and directed by Joel Conroy.


Mourne Mountains, Co Down. 2009
Part of FIX9 festival.

DuskBen Rivers
Ben RiversDuskWrath of God
Ben RiversDuskDusk

Trassey Track, Mourne Mountains 4th Oct 2009
Trassey track - Mournes: Full moon and clear cold sky - beautiful.
Dan, Keith, Riann, David, Pater, Henry and Josh)

Exciting drive up the stoney track - bunny hopping boulders and inpromtu road building to get the van up there. Was amazing we got up and down in one piece.

We showed:
Cioch 360 (Dan Shipsides)
Stone Monkey - Quarryman (Johnny Dawes)
Underdeveloped (N. Irish climbing video Tops off 4Power)
The Coming Race (Ben Rivers)
Aguirre - Wrath of God (Herzog).


Malin Head, Donegal. 2012

Malin Head, Inishowen, Donegal May 2012
Malin Head. Wet, windy, beautiful. Dan, Declan, Mia and Louise.
We showed: XXXX, and XXXX and then Fata Morgana(Herzog).