July 9, 2019
Ricky Major

Consciousness of Changing Climate – Environmental Film Screening

Still from the film Oro Blanco by Gisela Carbajal Rodríguez to be screen on Tuesday

The Artists Without a Cause team invites you to join us for our film screening Consciousness of Changing Climate! Join us on Tuesday, July 16th at Böttgerstraße 16 at 7:30 PM! We’re screening a collection of short films about climate change and human relationships with this issue. This screening aims to explore, familiarize, and bring awareness to the environments around us. Along with this, AWAC and featured artists hope to show both abstract and direct examples of how climate change is affecting humans and other ecological functions.

Ricky Major, the AWAC intern, has spent the past weeks sorting and curating films to show for the screening as well as arranging possible discussions with artists or other organizations.

We’re excited to present a lineup of films including:

Gisela Carbajal Rodríguez – Oro Blanco
Harsh winds, vast salt lakes and dryness shape the mountains of north west Argentina. The high plains of the Salinas Grandes hides one of the biggest lithium reserves in the world. In order to extract it, the last sweet water of the desert is being pumped into vast reserves by international companies. The battery industry`s resource hunger threatens the shepherds and the traditional salt production of the indigenous Kolla and Atacama. In quiet poetic images “Oro Blanco” depicts the lives and fears of people who have to fight for their territory and way of living.

Gisela Carbajal Rodríguez was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico. She lived and studied there; earning a BA in audiovisual arts and theater at University “La Concordia” in Aguascalientes in 2010. She is based in Munich since continuing studies there in 2012 with scholarships to Israel in 2015 and South Africa in 2016. Oro Blanco is her fifth short film.

Farhanaz Rupaidha – Techno Inferno
Earth is fading with the extinction of nature. The wind blows the dead of the real beauty. Only the garbage lefts. The mountain of garbage from our excessive lust of foods, vehicles, hybrid conveniences and freedoms of communication. We hurt the land of nature by extracting fuel then give back to it as a waste. We respect our gifts of beauty only through our electronic devices. We snap the scenery, record the sound and manipulate it into something that only depends on our selfish will. Beyond that matter, we eventually changed to be the mother of inferno to our own place of living.

Farhanaz Rupaidha is a media artist graduated from the Visual Art Education Department of the State University of Jakarta who is living and working in Indonesia. He works mainly with video installation and algorithmic/generative art through video channel amalgamations and combinations between the interactivity of moving image and sounds by exploring social concerns. See more of his work atfarhanazrupaidha.github.io/ 

Vera Sebert – Panorama Panik Botanik
In awareness of transfiguring the visual impulse, this experimental film inspires to make the unseen accessible by means of other sensory perceptions.

Vera Sebert was born in 1987 and studied fine arts from 2007- 2015 at the University of Fine Arts Braunschweig and Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. In 2017, She is currently a Subnet Artist-in-Residence in Salzburg, Austria. Her art works in border areas between visual media, language, film and computer programs. verasebert.com

Alex MacKenzie – Totem
It’s late in the day and we’ve waited too long. Man vs nature in a battle to the finish. Black and white print stock takes on a sickly hue, disrupted and solarized using hand-applied film bleach; chemical spills rupture emulsion. Filmed primarily at the Chevron Refinery located on the fragile shores leading to Indian Arm near Vancouver. [A part of the Iris Film Collective End of the World Film Commission where members were given a limited amount of Orwo black and white print stock to create a themed film. Funded by the BC Arts Council.

Alex MacKenzie is a Vancouver-based media artist working primarily with 16mm analog film equipment and hand processed imagery. He creates works of expanded cinema, light projection installation, and projector performance. His work has been screened globally and he has served as an artist-in-residence, interviewer, and editor for numerous global organisations and publications. More about him and his work can be found at alexmackenzie.ca

Lana Z. Caplan – Patches of Snow in July
Mythology and religious fanaticism, climate deniers and environmental profiteers, natural disasters and the end of radio, all reflected in the mirror of a morphing landscape, poised for new devastation.

Notions of utopia and the present day relationship of history to particular geographies inspire California-based filmmaker and photographer Lana Z Caplan. Much of her work explores the implications of social landscape on the physical landscape. Caplan earned her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and is currently an Assistant Professor at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. lanazcaplan.com

Rachel Garber Cole – Questions for a Dinosaur
It seems to me that during this early transition into a new, more destabilized climate, it is difficult for many of us to talk productively about, or process, the interior experience of an unseasonably warm day. And so I’m asking questions: What does it feel to witness our climate change around us? What are we afraid of? How can we begin to build psychological resilience as the weather gets stranger and scarier? And how can we build a public vocabulary for talking about these changes?

Rachel Garber Cole is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist who works primarily in video and performance. Rachel’s background is in theater, and her current practice is deeply influenced by musical and text-based traditions. Check out more of her work surrounding climate change, and her other projects at rachelgarbercole.com

Keep your eyes on the Facebook event page to learn more about the selected films and for the finalized event program. Mark your calendars! We hope to see you there!