e-flux presents Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memory
Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Acid Forest | Part Six – Anthropocentric Pasts and Planetary Futures
Sunday, October 25—Saturday, November 7, 2020

Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Acid Forest (still), 2018.

Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė’s Acid Forest (2018), on view for two weeks from Sunday, October 25 through Saturday, November 7, 2020.

Can you imagine a tourist attraction where people come to see a dead forest? Where they are not only observers, but also the ones being observed and heard by the black birds? Acid Forest is a satiric creative documentary about an unusual tourist attraction: a dying leafless trees overtaken by thousands of cormorant birds, impacting the ancient forest with their acid-fortified feces and causing visitors to reflect on the relationship between human and nature. “Apart from the main storyline, I kept my focus on playful dialogues, illustrating how a range of political questions, historical narratives, migration vectors, and cinematic experiences intervene into the human projections of nature. I hope it helped an environmental paradox of Acid Forest to become a metaphor for a surreal world that we are living in,” says the director of the film.

Acid Forest is presented here as one of four films in Anthropocentric Pasts and Planetary Futures, or Death as New Beginning, the sixth and final program 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. On Sunday, November 8, 2020, the series will wrap with a repeat of all 22 films included in Parts One through Six—available for 24 hours from 12am to 11:59pm EST. 

Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, born in Lithuania, works as a filmmaker and theater director. In her film and theater works she explores the tension between documentary and fiction, performing and being, filming and seeing, highlighting the gap between objective and imagined realities and playfully challenging an anthropocentric way of thinking. Barzdžiukaitė is one of three artists (with Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė) who represented Lithuania at the 2019 Venice Biennale with the performance-installation Sun & Sea (Marina), which won the Golden Lion for the best national pavilion. Her latest full-length documentary film-essay Acid Forest was awarded at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2018 and continues to travel to film festivals around the world.

For more information, contact program [​at​] e-flux.com.

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