Conscious Landscapes

Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje | Film and Video Program

06. – 10 December, 2019

If there is a material, technological, and industrial pollution, which exposes weather to conceivable risks, then there is also a second pollution, invisible, which puts time in danger; a cultural pollution that we have inflicted on long-term thoughts, those guardians of the Earth, of humanity, and of things themselves. If we don’t struggle against the second, we will lose the fight against the first.

Michel Serres, The Natural Contract, (1990)

Conscious Landscapes seeks to explore the links among the material, technological, industrial and cultural pollution, looking at the globe as a webbed ecosystem made of variously configured, historically dynamic contact zones, rather than as an assemblage of different and distinct ecosystems. The exhibition centers on the need for a larger political seismic shift, discarding the possibility to discuss about individuals in / plus environments: a form of well-being modelled on class- and race-based notions.

Imprisoned in our powers and narrow domains, we are centered on creating a world of spectacle that builds up on the violence of history, where the earth and waters are a mere décor.

Thus, we fail to perceive the world.

The exhibition comprises of 11 photographs, 8 video installations by both raising and accomplished artists, and 4 cinema artworks. The photographs and video works are laid out across the gallery space, in a non- order, where each installation is presented in its own distinct environment. The videos and cinema works are of varying lengths ranging from a 9-minute to 106-minute loop to variable lengths of narrative cinematic work.

Artists

Mila Panic, Carlos Casas, Ursula Biemann, Arjuna Neuman and Denise Ferreira da Silva, Younes Ben Slimane, Patrik Söderlund, Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Hiroatsu Suzuki and Rossana Torres, Tamer Hassan and Armand Yervant Tufenkian.

Conscious Landscapes is realized in cooperation with the Pravo Ljudski Film Festival Sarajevo.

The programme is curated by Kumjana Novakova, in cooperation with Diogo Pereira. Visual identity and graphic design is signed by Elena Dinovska Zarapciev.

Exhibition Film Programme

07. 12. 2019 / 18h00

Cemetery

Carlos Casas

France, UK | 2019 | 85′

07. 12. 2019 / 19h30

Discussion: Carlos Casas, Mila Panic, Diogo Pereira, Kumjana Novakova

08. 12. 2019 / 18h00

Accession

Tamer Hassan, Armand Yervant Tufenkian

USA | 2018 | 49′

09. 12. 2019 / 18h00

Terra (Earth)

Hiroatsu Suzuki, Rossana Torres

Portugal | 2018 | 60′

10. 12. 2019 / 18h00

Acid Forest

Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė

Lithuania | 2018 | 63′