Emilija Škarnulytė

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Emilija Škarnulytė, Sirenomelia (still), 2018.

e-flux presents Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memory Sirenomelia
Emilija Škarnulytė

12 Minutes

August 28–September 10, 2020

Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of Emilija Škarnulytė’s Sirenomelia (2018), on view from Friday, August 28 through Thursday, September 10, 2020.

Set in far-northern territories where Arctic waters meet rocky escarpments on which radio telescopes record fast-traveling quasar waves, Sirenomelia links human, nature, and machine to posit possible post-human mythologies. Shot in a decommissioned and abandoned NATO submarine base in Olavsvern, Norway, the film is a cosmic portrait of one of humankind’s oldest mythic creatures—the mermaid. Performing as a siren, the filmmaker swims through the decrepit facility while cosmic signals and white noise traverse the entirety of space, reaching its farthest corners, beyond human impact.

Sirenomelia is presented here as one of four films in Part Two | War Machines and Environmental Memories, the second of six programs in the online film and discussion series Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memory programmed by Lukas Brasiskis for e-flux Video & Film.

Ecology After Nature runs from August 14 through November 8, 2020. The films in Part Two will screen for two weeks, and subsequent parts will follow bi-weekly, with new films screened every other Sunday.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Anthropocene, Climate change, Environment, Militarization, Arctic and Antarctic, Science Fiction, Water & The Sea
Return to Part Two | War Machines and Environmental Memories

Emilija Škarnulytė is an artist and filmmaker, born in Vilnius, Lithuania. Working between documentary and the imaginary, Škarnulytė makes films and immersive installations exploring deep time and invisible structures, from the cosmic and geologic to the ecological and political. Winner of the 2019 Future Generation Art Prize and the Ars Fennica Award 2023, Škarnulytė represented Lithuania at the XXII Triennale di Milano and was included in the Baltic Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture. Her immersive installation Æqualia (2023)is opening at Canal Projects, New York on January 19, 2024. She most recently presented works at MORI Art Museum, Kiasma, Gwangju Biennale, Helsinki Biennale, Vilnius Biennale, Henie Onstad Triennale, and Vilnius Biennale of Performance Art. She has had solo exhibitions at Ferme-Asile, Sion (2023); Kunsthaus Pasquart, Biel/Bienne (2021); Den Frie, Copenhagen (2021); National Gallery of Vilnius (2021); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2017); and Contemporary Art Centre CAC of Vilnius (2015). She has films in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Kadist Foundation, HAM, and IFA, and her works have been screened at the Tate Modern and Serpentine Gallery in London, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Museum of Modern Art in New York, and numerous film festivals including in Rotterdam, Busan, and Oberhausen. She is a founder and currently co-directs Polar Film Lab, a collective for analogue film practice located in Tromsø, Norway and is a member of the artist duo New Mineral Collective.


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