Ciné Lumière, Institut Français du Royaume-Uni, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DW Monday 12 February 2024, 7-9.30pm Price: £9, £7 conc.

A programme of artists’ moving image works which share reflections on technology, ritual and the more-than-human world.

This evening of screenings includes works by Patricia Dominguez, Kyriaki Goni, Agnieszka Polska, Laure Prouvost, Tabita Rezaire, Selvagem/Ailton Krenak, and Emilija Škarnulytė. The programme will be accompanied by live interventions by artists Kyriaki Goni and Patricia Dominguez.

An Act of Wonder and Gratitude was originally curated by Lucia Pietroiusti, Serpentine Head of Ecologies, as part of the Woods: More-than-Human-Curiosity symposium. Organised by are-events.org, the event takes place annually in the Orlické Mountains, Czech Republic. Woods operates at the intersection of contemporary art, the landscape, human health, and interspecies coexistence.

 

Programme:

Patricia Dominguez, Matrix Vegetal, 2022

Emilija Škarnulytė, Sunken Cities, 2021

Kyriaki Goni, The Mountain Islands Shall Mourn us Eternally (Data Garden Dolomites), 2022

Tabita Rezaire, Premium Connect, 2016

Laure Prouvost, Into all that is here, 2015

Agnieszka Polska, The Book of Flowers, 2023

Selvagem/Ailton Krenak, Time and Love, 2022

 

Curated by Lucia Pietroiusti, Head of Ecologies

Kostas Stasinopoulos, Curator, Live Programmes

Daisy Gould, Assistant Curator, Live Programmes

Eva Speight, Curatorial Assistant

Isobel Peyton-Jones, Production Coordinator

ABOUT THE WORKS

Emilija Skarnulyte, Sunken Cities

Set 10,000 years in the future, the mermaid archaeologist of Emilija Škarnulytė’s Sunken Cities investigates ruins of the past (our present); the result of humankind’s reluctance to act to prevent a threatening climate catastrophe.

Tabita Rezaire, Premium Connect

Like many of her works, Tabita Rezaire‘s Premium Connect is concerned with the political and ecological stakes inherent in today’s landscapes of advanced technology. The film suggests decolonial strategies at the meeting point of organic, technological and spiritual worlds.

Kyriaki Goni, The Mountain-Islands Shall Mourn Us Eternally (Data Garden Dolomites)

In Kyriaki Goni‘s The Mountain-Islands Shall Mourn Us Eternally (Data Garden Dolomites), plants address the viewer directly, taking on the role of oracles and sharing their fearsome projections for a warming future. Simultaneously, the plant-oracles imagine a decentralised alliance of techno-shamanic interspecies communities, known as ‘data gardens’.  

Agnieszka Polska, The Book of Flowers

In The Book of Flowers, Agnieszka Polska combines AI-generated animation with 16mm film, while the work’s cli-fi narration presents an imaginary history for human-plant relations – a millenary and more deeply symbiotic relationship.  

Laure Provost, Into all that is here

Intimacy with flowers emerges in ebullient celebration through Laure Prouvost‘s Into all that is here. The film foregrounds interspecies attraction and pleasure as a narrative structure to burst forth from warm darkness into lusty release.  

Patricia Dominguez, Matrix Vegetal

Shamanic practices from the Peruvian Amazon meet feminist techno-visions in Patricia Dominguez‘s Matrix Vegetal. This video work proposes unplugging from the technological “digital matrix” in favour of attuning to the  ‘vegetal matrix, an act that reveals human-plant relationships and quantum entanglements. The film includes an interview to Amador Aniceto, a healer practicing in the Madre de Dios region (Peru).  

Ailton Krenak, Time and Love

The programme’s title, An Act of Wonder and Gratitude, is a quote from activist leader Ailton Krenak, whose voice brings to life the last film in this programme: Time and Love. Part of Krenak’s cycle of films or  ‘arrows about our relationship toand responsibility towards our lively, more-than-human planet, Time and Love concerns itself with the interconnectedness and metabolic processes of Gaia, bringing cosmovisions from the Brazilian Amazon in dialogue with Western physics.  

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