Mental Ecologies of War

I. Infrastructures, Geographies, and Elemental Relations

Streaming Wednesday, February 15–Wednesday, March 15, 2023
The films in Infrastructures, Geographies, and Elemental Relations deal with alternative modes of mapping a territory, inscribing a relation, tracing time. Featuring Oksana Kazmina, Contemporary History of Ukraine (2023, 70 minutes); Kamilla Davlyatshina, Weather Forecast (2022, 9 minutes); Sashko Protyah, My Favourite Job (2022, 31 minutes); Alena Zagreba, 2 weeks of hell in 7 minutes: a video diary from Mariupol (2022, 7 minutes); eeefff, Tactical Forgetting (2023, 11 minutes); Oleksandr Surovtsov, Ontology (2017, 29 minutes).

Infrastructures, Geographies, and Elemental Relations is the first of two chapters of the film program Mental Ecologies of War​, curated by Olexii Kuchanskyi and Elena Vogman. The second chapter of the program, titled Bodies, Subjectivities, and Milieus, takes place at e-flux Screening Room on March 18, 2023.

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Olexii Kuchanskyi is an independent film programmer and art writer whose main interests lie in experimental moving-image practices, Soviet para-avant garde cinema, situated geographies, and critical cultures of nature. His/her works have been published in Prostory, Your Art, TransitoryWhite, Political Critique, East-European Film Bulletin, Moscow Art Magazine, Theory on Demand, Soniakh Digest, and others. S/he curated film programs and shows for Kyiv Biennial, Perverting The Power Vertical (PPV) (London), “Sunflower” Solidary Community Centre (Warsaw), Coalmine — Raum Für Fotografie (Winterthur, Switzerland), among others.

Elena Vogman is a scholar of comparative literature and media. She is Principal Investigator of the research project “Madness, Media, Milieus: Reconfiguring the Humanities in Postwar Europe” at Bauhaus University Weimar and Visiting Fellow at ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry. Her current work focuses on the politics of madness and its intersections with decolonial discourse, psychoanalysis, feminism, and institutional psychotherapy. She has published two books, Sinnliches Denken. Eisensteins exzentrische Methode (Sensuous Thinking. Eisenstein’s Eccentric Method, 2018) and Dance of Values: Sergei Eisenstein’s Capital Project (2019), and was Visiting Professor at École normale supérieure, Paris and New York University Shanghai. Together with Marie Rebecchi and Till Gathmann, she co-curated Sergei Eisenstein and the Anthropology of Rhythm (2017) and Eccentric Values After Eisenstein (2018).

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