Artist Talk: Ana Vaz and Filipa Ramos
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
The event is for: students - anyone - employees
Artist Talk / Floating World: Becoming Through Film. Language: English.
In cooperation with Vita Kuben / Norrlandsoperan.
During a public dialogue traversed by visions and rumours, filmmaker Ana Vaz and writer Filipa Ramos will talk about The Voyage Out, the provisory title for a film that is still in its process of becoming, discussing the sources and ideas which founded its inception, while also attempting to imagine a way to sharing a work that is not yet finished. In November 2013, wrapped in smoke and fog rose a new volcanic island in the Pacific south of Japan. Fruit of seismic activity or consequence of the toxic disaster in Fukushima, the newly born isle remains untouched by the human imprint.
Whilst the region around the toxic plant in Fukushima threatens to become an inaccessible contaminated island, the new island of Nishinoshima will receive its very first scientific expedition, a trip that aims to study its potentialities and imagine its evolution.
The Voyage Out plots speculative bridges between these parallel worlds: one, untouched by the human imprint, and the other deeply contaminated by human activities – one as the ‘beginning’ of a world and the other as ‘an ending’.
Shot between the isolated islands of Ogasawara, a scientific expedition to Nishinoshima and the contaminated fields of Fukushima, The Voyage Out fabulates stories of earthly survival led by communities who seem to already inhabit a post-apocalyptic world: resilient beekeepers, caring marine biologists, workers of radioactive de-contamination, utopian gardens, radioactive flowers, dolphin divers and mutant species populate this constellation of creatures thriving amidst a world traversed by the spectres of destruction and renewal.
Filipa Ramos is a writer and editor based in London, where she works as Editor in Chief of art-agenda. She is a lecturer in the Experimental Film MA programme of Kingston University, and in the MRes Art:Moving Image of Central Saint Martins, both in London. Ramos is co-curator of Vdrome, a programme of screenings of films by visual artists and filmmakers. In the past she was Associate Editor of Manifesta Journal and Curator of the Research Section of dOCUMENTA (13). She has recently edited Animals (Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press).
Ana Vaz (b. 1986, Brasília) is an artist and filmmaker whose films and other expanded works speculate upon the relationships between self and other, myth and history through a cosmology of signs, references and perspectives. Assemblages of found and shot materials, her films combine ethnography and speculation in exploring the frictions and fictions imprinted upon both cultivated and savage environments and their multiple inhabitants.
A graduate from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Ana was also a member of SPEAP (SciencesPo School of Political Arts), a project conceived and directed by Bruno Latour. Recent screenings of her work include the New York Film Festival – Projections, TIFF Wavelenghts, CPH:DOX, Videobrasil, Courtisane, Cinéma du Réel and Lux Salon. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Kazuko Trust Award presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in recognition of artistic excellence and innovation in her moving-image work. Ana is also a founding member of the collective "Coyote", a cross-disciplinary group working in the fields of ecology, anthropology, ethnology and political science through an array of crosscutting platforms.
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