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How on Earth presents: Earthbound

film screening and lecture performance by Sjoerd van Oevelen and Elodie Hiryczuk

film screeningThursday 28 November '19

Auditorium, AKI ArtEZ Enschede(archive)



Can we separate what we see from ourselves and the conditions under which we do it? It seems unlikely or impossible, and yet, in a darkened theatre moving images can make us “mechanically ascent” from the spectacle on the screen, making us detached from earthbound senses and conditions.

In this talk, Sjoerd van Oevelen and Elodie Hiryczuk will discuss how they deal with the ways in which the power of seeing is constructed, and how they seek to forge a world through moving images. What matters the most in our encounter with an image is not so much what an image represents, rather what emerges in our present encounter with them. Pivotal to their talk is the work of filmmaker, writer and editor Erin Espelie, whose experimental documentary The Lanthanide Series will be screened afterwards.

The Lanthanide Series
2014, 70 minutes, Color, Sound, HD digital video & 16mm film mastered to DCP

From the portals of personal computing devices to ancient obsidian mirrors, optical instruments control how people see, foresee, frame, record, and remember their lives. The Lanthanide Series meditates on how we understand the world through such material means, with a reliance on history, the Periodic Table, and the people we love.

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How on Earth?

Do images move us? If so, in what direction? What has capturing “the world on fire” brought us, ranging from naïvely dangerous images of children playing with pebbles in cities during heat-waves to horrific birds-eye views of deforestation? Do we know better? Or are we just stunned and limited in our actions?

How we make something visible or invisible is an ecological act. On what grounds can we act, create and care in times of heightened ecological crisis? Can we even remain attached to artistic practices?

The film series How on Earth? is about creative practices that can teach us how we can endure life, and envision forms of co-habitation on this damaged planet. This series is dedicated to artists, filmmakers, activists, and theorists, who through their work refute the universalising logic of techno-optimism or pessimism, and eco-efficiency of petro-capitalism. Together with invited guests we will discuss how we are accountable for the visual propositions we make.