e-flux presents Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memory
Emilija Škarnulytė, Sirenomelia | Part Two – War Machines and Sites of Environmental Memories
Friday, August 28—Thursday, September 10, 2020

Emilija Škarnulytė, Sirenomelia (still), 2018.

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.

Emilija Škarnulytė is a nomadic visual artist and filmmaker. Blending fiction with documentary, she explores topics from the cosmic and geological to the ecological and political. In her video installations and films Škarnulytė scrutinizes the veil of infrastructure, invisibly regulated by larger systems of power. Škarnulytė looks into core questions undergirding the current geological period, wherein human activity continues to produce worldwide ecological problems. Her works were presented in a number of group exhibitions, including Hyperobjects at Ballroom Marfa, Texas; Moving Stones at the Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; the first Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art; and Bold Tendencies, London. She had a solo show at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. Škarnulytė was awarded the Future Generation Art Prize 2019 and has represented Lithuania at the XXII Triennale di Milano. Her films have been screened in various film festivals worldwide, and she co-directs Polar Film Lab, a collective for 16mm analogue film practice located in Tromsø, Norway.

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

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