Optic nerves and their time

Geocinema (Solveig Qu Suess, Asia Bazdyrieva) (INT)

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The work will focus on the key questions which sit at the core of Geocinema – both as a documentary-led research project and a collaborative practice. We will depart from the unobvious images of the Earth (such as calibration images, mathematical modeling of climates, satellite footage, etc.) to speak of the distributed and decentralized processes of sensing and imaging. We consider these processes of recording, transmission, archiving, stitching and distribution of data as an assemblage of technologic mediations that constitute a vastly distributed cinematic apparatus – a camera. Throughout the ‘journey’ we will unpack Geocinema through two strands; the first being epistemological. Here, cinema refers to a technique of mediating space and time in ways that are potent of feedback loops between our optical nerves, sensory experiences and the moving image. Secondly, while in conversation with media theorist Jussi Parikka and inspired by film and media theorists Ute Holl and Jenyfer Gabrys, we question the nature of such images to understand geometries of power and the agency that are implicit to the medium.

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Geocinema (Solveig Qu Suess, Asia Bazdyrieva) is a collective that explores the possibilities of a “planetary” notion of cinema. Their practice has been concerned with the understanding and sensing of the earth while being on the ground, enmeshed within vastly distributed processes of image and meaning making. Their work has been shown internationally, including the solo show Making of Earths (Kunsthall Trondheim). In 2020 they were nominated for the Schering Stiftung Award for Artistic Research.


These video commissions are presented in the framework of the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport.