Date: April 19, 2018
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: (email for location)
What might cinema offer in addressing the geological time and interconnected life forms and materialities of the Anthropocene, and what might the Anthropocene become according to its experimental cinematic visualizations? How might cinema decenter the human, denaturalize the real, unsettle and remake relations, provide speculative futures, and broadly think otherwise? Extending both to extractive neoliberal colonialisms of anthropocentric design, and to more-than-human sensibilities of filmic entanglement beyond human exceptionalism, cinema offers powerful models of creative engagement with the potentially conflictual receptions of the geologic now, including its multiple pasts and futures, its multispecies ethnographies and decolonial indigenizations.
By examining a selection of filmic approaches, we will collectively explore and discuss how the Anthropocene—or Capitalocene, or Chthulucene—has been variously visualized, sonified and personified, as well as how cinema is implicated in the Anthropocene thesis.
- The Atom Station, Nick Jordan, United Kingdom, 2015, 14 mins
- Into the Great White Open, Michaela Grill, Austria, 2015, 16 mins
- Sound of a Million Insects, Light of a Thousand Stars, Tomonari Nishikawa, Japan, 2014, 2 mins
- Disporting with a Shadow, Paul Clipson, United States, 2015, 4 mins
- Blua, Carolina Charry Quintero, Colombia, 2017, 25 mins
- The Place I Will Have Left, Lena Ditte Nissen, Germany, 2017, 15 mins
- The Hermit Crab, Painlevé and Hamon, 1929/1931, 14 mins
Optional screening: Homo Sapiens, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, 2016, 94 mins
- Screening Nature: Cinema Beyond the Human (Cahill, 2013)
- The Green Documentary (Hughes, 2014)