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Cheng Ran: Course of the Mirac­u­lous The Sunken Gallery, The MAC, 10 Ex­change St West, Belfast. Un­til Jan 14 themaclive.com Chi­nese artist Cheng Ran’s film runs close to eight hours (shown daily 11am-7pm) and imag­i­na­tively rein­ter­prets three real-life sto­ries of mis­ad­ven­ture in ex­treme cir­cum­stances. One is the dis­ap­pear­ance of Mal­lory and Irvine on Ever­est in 1924. Mal­lory’s body was dis­cov­ered in 1999. He had ev­i­dently fallen to his death, rel­a­tively close to his camp, but whether he and Irvine made it to the sum­mit is un­re­solved, if un­likely (Irvine had a cam­era with him which might de­cide the is­sue if found). The sec­ond story con­cerns the rad­i­cal, in­flu­en­tial Dutch per­for­mance artist Bas Jan Ad­der, who dis­ap­peared in the course of an ex­treme per­for­mance work: cross­ing the At­lantic west to east in the small­est ves­sel ever. The boat turned up off the Ir­ish coast in 1976, about nine months af­ter he set out, but he was not on board. The third story is a grisly ac­count of mutiny and mur­der on a Chi­nese fish­ing boat, Lu Rong Yu 2682. On a pro­longed voy­age, 11 crew mem­bers mur­dered their 22 com­pan­ions and were even­tu­ally brought to trial. Ai­dan Dunne

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