Ecology After Nature

Part Six | Anthropocentric Pasts and Planetary Futures

This sixth and final part of the series Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memory questions the privileged temporal and scalar position that the human species on planet Earth claims to have. Dinh Q. Lê’s The Colony (2016), Tomonari Nishikawa’s sound of a million insects, light of a thousand stars (2014), Thirza Cuthand’s Reclamation (2018), and Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė’s Acid Forest (2018) reveal the short-sightedness of attempts to instrumentalize and colonize nature, and propose long-durée perspectives that break the illusion of a progressive temporality, and allow us to surpass the human lifespan in order to re-imagine the world in its post-colonial or, even, post-human stage.  

Ecology After Nature is an online series of film programs and discussions on e-flux Video & Film, programmed by Lukas Brasiskis.

The films in Part Six will screen for two weeks from Sunday, October 25 through Saturday, November 7, 2020.

In addition to the film screenings, this final part of the series also includes the online discussion Outside the Timeline of Progress: Techno-Material Traces, Post-Human Landscapes, and The New Social, with Misho AntadzeThirza Cuthand, Heather DavisSu Yu Hsin, and Arjuna Neuman, moderated by Brasiskis. The discussion will livestream on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 1pm EST.

On Sunday, November 8, 2020, Ecology After Nature will wrap with a repeat of all 22 films included in Parts One through Six—available for 24 hours from 12am to 11:59pm EST.

Film, Posthumanism
Futures, Memory, Extinction, Anthropocene, Planet Earth, Video Art, Documentary
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