e-flux presents Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memory
Daniel Mann and Eitan Efrat, The Magic Mountain | Part One – Extraction: Environments and Communities
Friday, August 14—Thursday, August 27, 2020

Daniel Mann and Eitan Efrat, The Magic Mountain (still), 2020.

Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of Daniel Mann and Eitan Efrat's The Magic Mountain (2020), on view from Friday, August 14 through Thursday, August 27, 2020.

In Thomas Mann's novel The Magic Mountain (1924), protagonist Hans Castorp spends seven years in a Swiss sanatorium, where the rarefied mountain air places him in a different reality, outside of time. Although the book is not directly referenced, in this essayistic documentary The Magic Mountain alludes to both its atmosphere and title. Focusing on underground locations such as quarries, tunnels, and caves, the filmmakers investigate the insatiable human desire to extract natural resources from the ground. In three chapters, they explore the healing powers of radon gas found in Austria, the powerful energy felt in stones in Switzerland, and the pearls found in Polish caves, pearls created by sweat and blood—mementos of those who died there. Together, these chapters form a geological and cultural history of our (often bodily) relation to the subsoil of the earth, enabling different modes of knowing and experiencing the world. Like Castorp, the viewer is hence placed in a different reality, and invited to take “the ride into the mountains to be healed.”

The Magic Mountain is presented here as one of three films in Part One | Extraction: Environments and Communities, the first 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.

Eitan Efrat is co-founder of the Brussels-based, artist-run collective Messidor together with Sirah Foighel Brutmann, Pieter Geenen, and Meggy Rustamova. Efrat (b. 1983, Tel Aviv) lives and works in Brussels. Efrat's practice focuses on the performative aspects of the moving image. In his work, he aims to mark the spatial and durational potentialities of reading of moving and still images, the relations between spectatorship and history,the temporality of narratives and memory, and the material surfaces of image production. His work, in collaboration with Sirah Foighel Brutmann, has been shown in solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel; Argos, Brussels; and CAC, Delme; in group exhibitions at Argos (BE); Museum  für  Kunst  und  Gewerbe, Humburg; Portikus,  Frankfurt;  Museumcultuur  Strombeek; Skulpturenmuseum  Glaskasten Marl; Jeu  de  Paume,  Paris; and STUK,  Leuven; and in film festivals such as EMAF,  Osnabrück;  Atonal,  Berlin;  Doc  Lisboa;  Underdox,  Munich;  Oberhausen  Film  Festival,  DE;  Les  Rencontres  International,  Paris  and  Berlin;  IDFA,  Amsterdam;  New  Horizons,  Wroclaw;  Oberhausen  Film  Festival;  Kasseler  Dokfest,  Kassel;  Rotterdam  Film  Festival;  Media  City,  Windsor;  Images,  Toronto;  Planstik,  Dublin;  November  Film  Festival,  London;  Visite,  Antwerp;  Bratislava  Film  Festival;  and 25FPS,  Zagreb.

Daniel Mann is a London-based filmmaker and writer. His academic research centers around image warfare and the integration of habitual media into armed conflict. Mann’s first films were internationally acclaimed. His latest feature film, Motza el hayam (Low Tide), was premiered at the 2017 Berlinale Forum and received the Best First Feature Award at the 2017 Haifa Film Festival.

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