e-flux presents Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memory
Ivar Veermäe, The Flood | Part Five – Extraction by Different Means
Sunday, October 11—Saturday, October 24, 2020

Ivar Veermäe, The Flood (still), 2018-2019.

Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of Ivar Veermäe’s The Flood (2018-2019), on view from Sunday, October 11 through Saturday, October 24, 2020.

Shot in Estonia, The Flood is a look at cryptocurrency: on the one hand, a research into its various mining practices and energy needs; and on the other hand, an abstract exploration of its forms, concepts, and ideas. Virtual currency—specifically, Bitcoin—offers an attempt to withdraw from the existing financial system, with the objective to release the production of money from the central banks’ control by reinstating the idea of money as an agreement. However, while this idea of decentralization is attractive, it is inevitably accompanied by the risk that new centers or bubbles will arise. Small mines are replaced by increasingly bigger ones, some of which are located on the premises of power stations— in a cost-effective bid to cope with the ever-vaster demand for energy needed to mine virtual currencies. The video, part of a three-channel installation, combines footage from Estonian oil shale mines (a major energy resource in Estonia) and from home-scale and industrial-scale crypto mines, alongside 3D animations that recall the original use of the powerful graphic cards enlisted to encrypt and decrypt currency transactions.

The Flood is presented here as one of two films in Extraction by Different Means, the fifth 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 Five will screen for two weeks, and subsequent parts will follow bi-weekly, with new films screened every other Sunday. 

Ivar Veermäe Veermäe’s work evolves similarly to the thread of a networked world while keeping a sharp eye on the functioning of an uncontrollable whole. As a result of long-term artistic research by means of photography, film, and sound, his works are presented in versatile ways (such as video, on-site installations, interactive works, performances, and public space interventions). His main interest lies in questions about public and private space, mediation processes, architecture and infrastructure, and information technology and networks—in their hidden or stealthy qualities and agenda. Veermäe has had solo exhibitions in Edith- Russ-Haus, Oldenburg; Gallery im Turm, Berlin;Tallinn Art Hall Gallery; Cultural Center Belgrade; and City Gallery of Tallinn; among others. His work has been shown in group exhibitions at the Riga Biennale, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the transmediale in Berlin,  the Moscow Biennale for Young Art, the Bienalsur in Buenos Aires, the Bozar in Brussels, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, the Art Museum of Estonia, the Art Hall of Tallinn, the Estonian Contemporary Art Museum, the Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, the Kulturhuset Bronden in Denmark, the Kunstverein Wolfsburg, the Kunstverein Kassel, and the Pinnacles Gallery in Australia. His videos are currently on view at the Rencontres Internationales in Paris and Berlin, HeK Basel, transmediale in Berlin, AND Festival in Manchester, EMAF in Osnabrück, Kasseler Dokfest, Crosstalk Festival in Budapest, and Virtual Memorial in Cambodia.

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

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