New Shorts: In The Lab We Are Distant (Ecologies Of Space)

Saturday, 22 January 2022

22-01-22 In The Lab We Are Distant (Ecology Of Space)

Image: It's Just Another Dragon, Taymour Boulos,

Exposure to the rawness of the earth’s elements, from the snowy mountain landscapes of Chechnya to the calm flow of a river, redefines our relationship to space and storytelling. Awash with lush sound design and beautiful cinematography, these shorts unfold into collaborative practices of exploration that encapsulate our complex interaction with our environment. History is revealed through a close study of soil and water, and the watchful digital eye of CCTV performs state-sponsored surveillance. Experimental artist films weave together tales, collage images and soundscapes. Featuring artist filmmakers Ronan Mckenzie and Joy Yamusangie (WATA) and animator Martinus Klemet (Face Recognition).


Curated by Emma Bouraba

Saturday, 22 January 2022

4:00 pm

Sol de Campinas

Sol de Campinas

Jessica Sarah Rinland

26'

2021

Brazil

SOL DE CAMPINAS traces the work of archaeologists who, for the past ten years, have been excavating a ring of mounds surrounding a central plaza within a territory currently known as the State of Acre, Brazil. They transition from field to laboratory, interpreting how the land was constructed, what patterns were employed in settlement land use, and the composition of the anthropogenic earth that remains.

WATA

WATA

RONAN MCKENZIE, JOY YAMUSANGIE

14'

2021

United Kingdom

WATA follows the journey of Jazz music
travelling across waters from it’s African
influences, it’s New Orleans emergence
and drawing particular focus on it’s current resurgence in London today. In this film, Jazz music is portrayed as the African water spirit, Mami Wata. Her story, like Jazz, has travelled across countries, seas and generations. Mami Wata is an ode to the cultural root of Jazz.

Water & Wall

Water & Wall

Cassandra Celestin

9'

2021

United States

The Dutch settler town lying beneath Manhattan’s current financial district seen through a mosaic of material remains and landscapes, an entanglement of things past and present. 

We know a better word than happy

We know a better word than happy

Helen McCrorie

5'

2021

United Kingdom

Following lockdown, children from Maryhill in Glasgow express their rights to outdoor play and learning, as they explore a green space that was established through 10 years of community activism.

Face Recognition

Face Recognition

Martinus Klemet

7'

2021

Estonia

Face Recognition failure - Deadbeat Igor-503 evades the cops detectors during a night of wild drinking.

Underground Shopping Mall

Underground Shopping Mall

Jing Harren

4'

2021

Not Specified

Found footage, IELTS practice test, screen-recorded performance, animation & soundtrack

Underground Shopping Mall is an embodiment of the subjectivities of digital fragments through human interventions, digital-editing and storytelling. The animations are typically what school kids use in “Describe the Picture” for oral exams and essays; the unfolding of the story is the extension of an exam.

It's Just Another Dragon

It's Just Another Dragon

Taymour Boulos

16'

2021

Lebanon

On the year of his departure from a Lebanon in decline, a young filmmaker meets a Hungarian oral storyteller who also once had to leave her town.

Time is

Time is

Zaur Kourazov

20'

2021

Belgium

In a village in Chechnya a mother and a daughter speak about the return of an acquaintance.