Single Stream

Ernst Karel, Toby Lee, Paweł Wojtasik

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Ernst Karel, Toby Lee, and Pawel Wojtasik, Single Stream (still), 2014.

e-flux presents Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memory Single Stream
Ernst Karel, Toby Lee, Paweł Wojtasik

23 Minutes

September 27–October 10, 2020

Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of Ernst Karel, Toby Lee, and Pawel Wojtasik's Single Stream (2014), on view from Sunday, September 27 through Saturday, October 10, 2020.

Single Stream takes a close look at the problem of waste, through a visual and sonic exploration of a recycling facility. The title refers to the “single stream” method of recycling in which all types of recyclables are initially gathered together, then later sorted at a specialized facility. With Single Stream, viewers enter one of the largest of these materials-recovery facilities in the US. Blurring the line between observation and abstraction, Single Stream is a meditation on our society’s culture of excess and its consequences.

Single Stream is presented here as one of five films in Part Four | Reading the Earth: Vibrant Matter and Human Hubris, the fourth 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 Four 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.

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Ernst Karel works with sound, including electroacoustic music and experimental nonfiction sound, with an emphasis on performance and observational cinema.His recent solo projects are edited/composed using unprocessed location recordings; in performance he sometimes combines these with analog electronics to create pieces which move between the abstract and the documentary.

Toby Lee is an artist, anthropologist, and Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her research interests include visual and media anthropology, the anthropology of cultural institutions, cultural citizenship, expanded documentary, and cultures of surveillance and documentation.

Paweł Wojtasik creates poetic reflections on cultures and ecosystems in his films and large-scale installations. His investigations into the overlooked corners of the environment have led him to pig farms, sewage treatment plants, wrecking yards, autopsy rooms and cremation sites.

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