As part of the General Ecology project, and on the occasion of Pierre Huyghe’s exhibition, Serpentine Cinema presented a programme of artists’ films addressing humans’ impact on the biosphere and the environment.
In part three of this screening series, on 14 January, artists reflected on ghosts, memorials and the performance of absence. The screening was introduced by architect Godofredo Pereira and included films by Matthew Burdis, Cao Guimarães and Rivane Neuenschwander, Pierre Huyghe, Ana Mendieta, Christelle Lheureux and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Walid Raad/The Atlas Group and Anna Zett.
Christelle Lheureux and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ghost of Asia, Thailand / France 2005, Digital, 4:3, Dolby 5.1, colour, 9’11”
Ana Mendieta, Flower Person, Flower Body, 1975, Super-8mm film transferred to high-definition digital media, color, silent, 6’20”
Matthew Burdis, #4, from the series The Idealist and The Contrarian, 2016 – 2018, 16mm transferred to HD video, 3’ 2”
Matthew Burdis, Lindisfarne One One, 2015, HD Video, 4’25”
Walid Raad/The Atlas Group, I only wish that I could weep, 1997/2002, video (colour/silent), 7’40”
The Atlas Group in collaboration with Yussef Bitar and Georges Semerdjian, We can make rain but no one came to ask, 2003, single channel video, 18’
Cao Guimarães and Rivane Neuenschwander, Blow, 2010, Super-8mm film transferred to digital video, 5’30”
Ana Mendieta, Birth (Gunpowder Works), 1981, Super-8mm film transferred to high-definition digital media, black and white, silent, 2’59”
Pierre Huyghe, Streamside Day, 2003, Super-16 mm film and video transferred to Betacam, colour, sound, 26’
Anna Zett, This Unwieldy Object, 2014, colour, sound, 47’, presented on Vdrome from 14 – 27 January 2019.
The screening was introduced by architect and researcher Godofredo Pereira
On Earth, Missing and Memory is curated by Lucia Pietroiusti (Curator, General Ecology) and Kostas Stasinopoulos with Holly Shuttleworth. Advisors: Matthew Burdis and Filipa Ramos (co-curator, The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish and advisor on the Serpentine’s General Ecology project). Presented in collaboration with Vdrome.
General Ecology is the galleries’ long-term, ongoing investigation into complex systems, interspecies landscapes and environmental questions, which manifests through research, publications, exhibitions, study programmes, radio and events.
The Serpentine Cinema Autumn/Winter season is supported by Hannah Barry Gallery and Edward Campbell (Forth Arts, Australia)