e-flux presents Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memory
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Other Uses | Part Two – War Machines and Sites of Environmental Memories
Friday, August 28—Thursday, September 10, 2020

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Other Uses (still), 2014.

Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of Beatriz Santiago Muñoz’s Other Uses (2014), on view from Friday, August 28 through Thursday, September 10, 2020.

The old fuel dock of Roosevelt Roads, a decommissioned US Naval Base of in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, is a mile-and-a-half-long structure once used to service battleships, and now appropriated by local fishermen as an extended shoreline. On one side of the dock is a view of the Island of Vieques, and on the other, of Vieques Sound—a passage that connects the Caribbean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. The film is shot through reflective objects of Santiago Muñoz’s making, a formal experiment that enables the film to transform and collapse the monumentality of the view—taking its cue from the fishermen’s own transformations of the military base, its uses and meaning.

Other Uses 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.

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz is an artist based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She works in moving image with particular attention to social structures and their relationship to aesthetics. Her works arise out of long periods of research, observation, and documentation, in which the camera is present as an object with social implications and as an instrument mediating aesthetic thought. Subjects of her recent work have been politically fraught: an artist accused of terrorism, post-military land, mega-factories, the relationship between artwork and work, and a concrete poet/union leader. Her film and video work is always in-between a performance and its document, and sometimes unfolds into a double existence. Her work has been shown at the Tate Modern, Wattis Institute/CCA, Galería Kurimanzutto, and the Guggenheim Museum. She recently completed projects commissioned by Glasgow International and the Bienal do Mercosul in Brazil, presented solo exhibitions in Gasworks and Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, and held artist residencies at Transmission in Glasgow and IASPIS in Stockholm.

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

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