Part Six | Anthropocentric Pasts and Planetary Futures

Part Six | Anthropocentric Pasts and Planetary Futures, or Death as New Beginning

This sixth and final part of the series Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memory questions the privileged temporal and scalar position that the human species on planet Earth claims to have. Dinh Q. Lê’s The Colony (2016), Tomonari Nishikawa’s sound of a million insects, light of a thousand stars (2014), Thirza Cuthand’s Reclamation (2018), and Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė’s Acid Forest (2018) reveal the short-sightedness of attempts to instrumentalize and colonize nature, and propose long-durée perspectives that break the illusion of a progressive temporality, and allow us to surpass the human lifespan in order to re-imagine the world in its post-colonial or, even, post-human stage.

Ecology After Nature is an online series of film programs and discussions on e-flux Video & Film, programmed by Lukas Brasiskis.

The films in Part Six will screen for two weeks from Sunday, October 25 through Saturday, November 7, 2020.

In addition to the film screenings, this final part of the series also includes the online discussion Outside the Timeline of Progress: Techno-Material Traces, Post-Human Landscapes, and The New Social, with Misho Antadze, Thirza Cuthand, Heather Davis, Su Yu Hsin, and Arjuna Neuman, moderated by Brasiskis. The discussion will livestream on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 1pm EST.

On Sunday, November 8, 2020, Ecology After Nature 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.

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e-flux presents Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memory
Dinh Q. Lê, The Colony | Part Six – Anthropocentric Pasts and Planetary Futures
Sunday, October 25—Saturday, November 7, 2020
e-flux presents Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memory
Tomonari Nishikawa, sound of a million insects, light of a thousand stars | Part Six – Anthropocentric Pasts and Planetary Futures
Sunday, October 25—Saturday, November 7, 2020
e-flux presents Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memory
Thirza Cuthand, Reclamation | Part Six – Anthropocentric Pasts and Planetary Futures
Sunday, October 25—Saturday, November 7, 2020
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
Contributors
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Misho Antadze 

was born in 1993 in Tbilisi. He directed the feature documentaries The Many Faces of Comrade Gelovani (2014) and The Harvest (2019). Antadze's short films have been shown at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, L’Age d’Or Brussels, and many other film and contemporary art venues. He currently lives in Amsterdam, where he is finishing his research at the Netherlands Film Academy.

Lukas Brasiskis

is a film and media researcher and curator, currently a PhD candidate at New York University in the Department of Cinema Studies, and an adjunct professor at NYU and CUNY/Brooklyn College. His interests include eco-media, the politics and aesthetics of the world cinema, and intersections between moving-image cultures and the contemporary art world.

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Thirza Jean Cuthand

was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 she has been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, Queer identity and love, and Indigeneity, which have screened in festivals internationally.

Heather Davis

is an assistant professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College, The New School. She is a member of the Synthetic Collective, an interdisciplinary team of scientists, humanities scholars, and artists, who investigate and make visible plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. Davis has written widely for art and academic publications on questions of contemporary art, politics, and ecology, and has lectured internationally. She is the co-editor of Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies and editor of Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada.

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Su Yu Hsin

is a Taiwanese artist and filmmaker currently based in Berlin. She weaves together tropes of artistic documentary and essay film and uses composite imagery and video installations to materialize her technological, ecological, and infrastructural investigations of planetary imaginations.

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Dinh Q. Lê

was born in Hà Tiên in South Vietnam. He is the co-founder of Sàn Art in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where he has been based for the past decade. He creates conceptually based multimedia work that reflects on the complex history of Vietnam, issues of war, displaced populations, and the depiction of non-western cultures in western media

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Arjuna Neuman

is an artist, filmmaker, and writer. As a writer he has published essays in Relief Press, Into the Pines Press, The Journal for New WritingVIA MagazineConcordArt VoicesFlauntLEAPHearings Journal, and e-flux journal.

Tomonari Nishikawa

lives and works in Japan and the USA. In his work he explores the idea of documenting situations/phenomena through a chosen medium and technique, often focusing on the process itself. He is one of the co-founders of KLEX: Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival, and Transient Visions: Festival of the Moving Image. He is currently teaching in the Cinema Department at Binghamton University.

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