Mental Ecologies of War​: online launch with Olexii Kuchanskyi, Elena Vogman, and Oksana Kazmina

Mental Ecologies of War​: online launch with Olexii Kuchanskyi, Elena Vogman, and Oksana Kazmina

Mental Ecologies of War​: online launch with Olexii Kuchanskyi, Elena Vogman, and Oksana Kazmina
February 15, 2023, 1pm ET

In this online launch, curators Olexii Kuchanskyi and Elena Vogman will discuss Mental Ecologies of War, their new program on e-flux Film. The event will also launch the performative walk Contemporary History of Ukraine by artist Oksana Kazmina.

The event will be livestreamed on Wednesday, February 15 at 1pm ET, with audience chat enabled. No registration is necessary.

Part one of Mental Ecologies of War, titled Infrastructures, Geographies, and Elemental Relations, streams online on e-flux Film for one month from February 15–March 15, 2023. Part two, Bodies, Subjectivities, and Milieus, takes place in-person at e-flux Screening Room on March 18, 2023. See the full program here.

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War & Conflict, Image, Nature & Ecology
Ukraine, Mental Health

Olexii Kuchanskyi is an independent film programmer and art writer whose main interests lie in experimental moving-image practices, Soviet para-avant garde cinema, situated geographies, and critical cultures of nature. His/her works have been published in Prostory, Your Art, TransitoryWhite, Political Critique, East-European Film Bulletin, Moscow Art Magazine, Theory on Demand, Soniakh Digest, and others. S/he curated film programs and shows for Kyiv Biennial, Perverting The Power Vertical (PPV) (London), “Sunflower” Solidary Community Centre (Warsaw), Coalmine — Raum Für Fotografie (Winterthur, Switzerland), among others.

Elena Vogman is a scholar of comparative literature and media. A Principal Investigator of the research project “Madness, Media, Milieus: Reconfiguring the Humanities in Postwar Europe” at Bauhaus University Weimar and Visiting Fellow at ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, she is the author of Sinnliches Denken. Eisensteins exzentrische Methode (Sensuous Thinking. Eisenstein’s Eccentric Method, 2018) and Dance of Values: Sergei Eisenstein’s Capital Project (2019).

Oksana Kazmina is a documentary filmmaker, media artist, and performer based in Ukraine and the US. Her interests lie in the relations between the body and digital moving images, critical queer practice, and situated geographies. In 2016–2017 Kazmina was assistant professor of film studies at Wesleyan, CT. Today she teaches video art at the college of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, NY. Together with Vasyl Tkachenko she initiated the music project Serviz Propav. Kazmina is also a member of Freefilmers, a cinemovement and NGO that promotes the decentralization of cultural processes and independent filmmaking, especially in Eastern Ukraine. Their latest projects focus on memories and archives beyond official historical narratives, and on gender violence in patriarchal capitalist society. Nowadays Freefilmers are engaged in building an activist and volunteer network of solidarity and support for Ukrainians who suffer from and fight against Russian imperialist aggression.

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