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Flowering Substances | EMAF, Osnabrück, Germany

Screening of the film Muthi at the Lagerhalle, Osnabrück, as part of the “Flowering Substances- A Film Programme Like a Brew of Petals, Tears, and Rituals programme ” at the European Media Art Festival Nº37. Screening along side works by Dagie Brundert, Theo J Cuthand, Stuart Marshall, Santiago Lemus, Camilo Acosta, Zachery Longboy, Leslie Thornton an Amina Ross.

The EMAF screens experimental and artists’ films from around the world and is interested in forms that move along disciplinary peripheries or between film and performance, document and experiment. Short and long, digital and analogue films that relate to social and political reality in an exploratory and questioning way find their place here. At the same time, the EMAF is open to works that test new forms of cinematic presentation. Our aim is to make cinema a space for encounter and exchange: a space for projections beyond the status quo.

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Teatro di Natura | Magic Lantern Film Festival, Rome

Screening of the film The Crown Against Mafavuke at the film programme Teatro di Natura.

Magic Lantern Film Festival presents Teatro di Natura (Theatre of Nature), a film programme conceived in collaboration with MuST – the Museum of Science and Territory and the Museum Network of Spoleto, on the occasion of the 2024 edition of the Festival della Fauna. The festival takes inspiration from the figure of Bernadino Ragni, a zoologist from Spoleto who dedicated his life to the study and understanding of wildlife.

Screening along side works by Mircea Cantor, Martin Creed, Michela De Mattei, Adrien Missika, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Natalia Trejbalova, Luca Trevisani and Ana Vaz

Listening to the Plants | Kunsthalle Bratislava

Screening of the films Imbizo Ka Mafazuke (Mafazuke’s Tribunal), The Crown Against Mafazuke and Learning from Artemisia as part of the Listening to the Plants Symposium curated by Judit Angel and Lydia Pribisova, organized by within the Art Connected 2023 subprogram and Kunsthalle Bratislava, within the framework of A Plant programme. Screening along side works by Daniela Brasil, Lucie Králíková, Barbora Lungová, Jana Zatvarnická and Zuzana Žabková.

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Thrill Me The Power & Magic of Music in Video Art

Screening of the film In Concert at the international screening programme Thrill Me – The Power & Magic of Music in Video Art.

The video art platform VIDEO WINDOW will be staying as a guest in Lucerne, Zurich and Basel in October and November 2023. In cooperation with Kunsthalle Luzern, stattkino Luzern, Kunstraum Walcheturm and Stadtkino Basel, it presents Thrill Me. The Power & Magic of Music in Video Art, an international screening programme with three parts and one video each by 23 well-known positions, twelve from Switzerland and eleven from abroad. The fascinating multifaceted programme sheds light on the fundamental importance of music in video art and shows an exciting arc with works from the 1990s to the present. The screenings take place in the presence of some of the artists, in Lucerne followed by artists’ talks.

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Wishing Trees | Istituto Svizzero, Rome

A special screening of the multipart video work Wishing Trees, which was commissioned by Manifesta 12 and premiered at Palazzo Butera in Palermo in 2018.

Wishing Trees brings together two trees from Palermo that hold memories of significant events, connecting human histories and nature and listening to their reverberations in the present. The Albero di Falcone and the Cipresso di San Benedetto, enter into dialogue with the late anti-mafia feminist activist Simona Mafai and young men from West Africa who work as cooks in Palermo. The screening is followed by a Q&A and discussion in English between Uriel Orlow and art historian and curator Madeleine Schuppli.

Mascara Film Club | Mascara Bar, London

Screening of the film The Crown Against Mafavuke in Mascara Film Club, an intermittent artist-run film club which takes place in a bar in North-East London. It regularly screens artists’ moving image in more convivial contexts, “batting lashes to the rhythm of the unexpected, the seductive, the challenging, the political, the overlooked and the underseen”. Mascara Film Club is organised by Rufus Rock, Daisy Smith and Kasia Lukasik.

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Villa Medici Film Festival | Académie de France, Rome

Screening of the film Remnants of the Future, by Uriel Orlow, in the second edition of Villa Medici Film Festival, from 14 to 18 September 2022. Created in 2021, the festival is dedicated to artists and film directors who explore contemporary practices of the moving image. Essays, fictions or documentaries: it shows films that invent their own form and offers a glimpse of the most contemporary filmic creation.

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Unexpected lessons #2: Decolonizing Nature | Goethe Institute, Reykjavic

Screening of Theatrum Botanicum Trilogy by Uriel Orlow, including the films Imbizo Ka Mafavuke (2017, 28min), Muthi (2016-2017, 17min) and The crown against Mafavuke (2016, 18min), as part of a film programme that expands on the topics of the journey of seeds between the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and Lebanon, patent battles over traditional plant medicine in South Africa and the traces of colonial ambitions of explorers in the Natural History Museum Berlin. In the context of the three-day performative conference UNEXPECTED LESSONS #2, part of the festival Goethe Morph* Iceland at Nordic House in Reykjavik, September 13th – 15th, 2022.
Just like its predecessor event in Berlin and Nairobi, UNEXPECTED LESSONS #2 is dedicated to the theme of decolonization. This time we put a focus on nature, from different perspectives. What makes nature the other? What role does the decoupling of nature and culture play in this? Is the culture/nature dichotomy tenable at all? And how can we decolonize our view of the world and think nature differently?

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Vulnerable Treatments | Maat, Lisboa

Screening and conversation with Sofia Lemos as part of a public assembly on the space and time of epidemics, curated by Andrea Bagnato and Ivan L. Munuera.

Vulnerable Beings: Sounding Out starts from the consideration that the current COVID-19 pandemic is neither unprecedented nor the only one: for a large part of the world, infectious diseases were and remain part of daily life. What were modernity’s blind spots in dealing with disease, and to what extent are they still with us today? What geopolitical maps and bodies matter? To answer these questions, we will reach back to unexpected histories and geographies, and look ahead toward possible futures. The ideas developed in the first assembly will be built upon and expanded into other bodies, environments, narratives, and politics. Sounding Out will explore invisible vulnerabilities and co-dependencies; wildness as a way of confronting exclusion; and the colonial traces embedded in medical institutions. We will highlight localised medical traditions and their conflict with Western medicine; investigate targeted violence in the context of settler colonialism; and explore local and global genealogies of activism. For three days, we will sound out the voices of Jack Halberstam, Himali Singh Soin, Isabel Amaral, Sofia Lemos, Edwin Nasr, Uriel Orlow, Jasbir K. Puar, Sarah Schulman, Nerea Calvillo, Lucía Casani and Mónica Carroquino, Tamara Giles-Vernick, Michael Marder, Elise Misao Hunchuck, Françoise Vergès, and Michael Wang.

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Lingering en route | Fosun Foundation, Shanghai

Online survey screening and conversation with Wang Shuman at Fosun Foundation Shanghai, organized by Pro Helvetia Shanghai and Centre for Experimental Film (CEF) who commissioned three curators from China and gave them free rein to select their favorite Swiss artists and artworks for this exhibition built upon their personal research interests and curatorial sensibilities. While these featured artists have previously been shown in major biennials and other exhibitions around the world, this event organized by Pro Helvetia marks the first time they are being presented as a group to the Chinese public. Curated by Yuan Fuca, Wang Shuman, Huang Wenlong with Ursula Biemann, Uriel Orlow and Maria Iorio & Raphaël Cuomo.

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#CASatHome | Contemporary Art Society, London

To mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Mikhail Karikis and Uriel Orlow’s evocative film Sounds from Beneath will be available online for 72 hours.

For this piece, Karikis asked the Snowdown Colliery Male Voice Choir in Kent, UK to vocalise the industrial sounds of a former coalmine based on their memories. The result is a moving ode to an extinct landscape; the industrial chimes and low rumbling hummings attaining a meditative quality as the performance progresses. The miners tell a wordless story of the strength, loss and resolve of a community built through work and song.

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#playathome | Arter, Istanbul

Arter presents an online selection of video works from 15 April to 15 May 2020. Entitled #playathome, the selection features eight videos related to sound and/or music in various performative ways.

Selected from the Arter Collection to be played at home, these works explore the potential of sound to trespass physical boundaries and its ability to offer alternative ways to communicate, manifest, traverse and transgress.

With works by Annika Kahrs, Cevdet Erek, Mikhail Karikis & Uriel Orlow, Sarkis, Ali Mahmut Demirel, Sophia Pompéry, Ayşe Erkmen, Nevin Aladağ.