New Shorts: In The Lab We Are Distant (Ecologies Of Space)
Saturday, 22 January 2022
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
Sol de Campinas
Jessica Sarah Rinland
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.
RONAN MCKENZIE, JOY YAMUSANGIE
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.
Underground Shopping Mall
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.