White Mountain and Making of Earths
The main programme of the 26th IFCA - Infrastructure Complex: Altered Earth, curated by Tjaša Pogačar, will conclude this weekend with the presentation of two films. White Mountain by Emma Charles and Making of Earths by Geocinema collective will be on view in the auditorium of Moderna galerija Ljubljana during the museum's opening hours.
Saturday, 19. Dec 2020
10 AM – 6 PM
Emma Charles: White Mountain
White Mountain is a 16mm docu-fiction film focusing on the Pionen data centre. This former Cold War-era civil defence bunker was redesigned by architect Albert Frances-Lanord in 2008 into a data centre, housing servers for clients which once included WikiLeaks and PirateBay. Located 30 meters under the granite rocks of Vita Bergen Park in Stockholm, the subterranean data centre has been designed with direct references to science fiction films such as Silent Running. Playing on the science fiction aesthetic, White Mountain uncovers the varying forms of temporality brought about through an exploration of data space and geology.
Emma Charles is a London-based artist and filmmaker. Working with experimental approaches to moving image and sound, her research-based practice navigates the field of non-fiction while engaging with recurring themes of technology, capitalism and landscape. Playing with the blurred lines between documentary and fiction, her work often reveals the artificiality of both the filmic environment and our lived experience.
Sunday, 20 Dec 2020
10 AM – 6 PM
Geocinema (Solveig Suess & Asia Bazdyrieva): Making of Earths
Making of Earths navigates the architectures of planetary cinema. The film begins inside a globe situated at the centre of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, entering the spaces of the Miyun and Sri Racha ground stations, the climate research centre of Bangkok, conference halls in the Tengchong volcanic district, and the risk-management rooms of the oil conglomerate Gazprom in Omsk. Premised on the idea of environmental protection, representatives of nation states, international organisations and scientific bodies gather in search of an alternative geopolitical model, eager to cooperate with China’s Digital Belt and Road program. Through image and sound, tensions are held between distance and intimacy, wholeness and fragmentation, pasts and present-futures.
Geocinema (Solveig Suess & Asia Bazdyrieva) is a collective that explores the possibilities of a “planetary” notion of cinema. With the increased proliferation of images captured by individuals and technologies today, the surface of the planet is documented in ever greater detail. The collective’s research includes a reflection on both the architecture and infrastructure behind this network, which to them constitute a decentralised apparatus of the moving-image.
More information on www.mfru.org
The event is part of the programme of IFCA- International Festival of Computer Arts and organized by Mladinski kulturni center Maribor in collaboration with Moderna Galerija.