Flotsam Jetsam

David Kelley, Patty Chang

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David Kelley and Patty Chang, Flotsam Jetsam (still), 2007.

e-flux presents Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memory Flotsam Jetsam
David Kelley, Patty Chang

27 Minutes

September 13–26, 2020

Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of David Kelley and Patty Chang's Flotsam Jetsam (2007), on view from Sunday, September 13 through Saturday, September 26, 2020.

The film follows the fabrication and journey of a wooden submarine to the Three Gorges site on the Yangtze river—once a landscape most often depicted in traditional Chinese painting, now submerged to accommodate a hydroelectric dam. Wavering between documentary and fictional modes of address, Flotsam Jetsam explores landscape’s relationship to identity.

Flotsam Jetsam is presented here as one of four films in Part Three | Decolonizing the Landscape: From Invisible to Visible, the third 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 Three 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.

Nature & Ecology, Film
Climate change, Anthropocene, Environment, China, Video Art, Landscape
Return to Part Three | Decolonizing the Landscape

David Kelley is an artist working with photography, video, and installation. His recent projects draw attention to the effects of global capitalism, resource extraction, and shifting physical and political landscapes.

Patty Chang is an artist working in performance, video, writing, and installation. Her work has a capacity to explore complex subjects nearly simultaneously, as does life.

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