Geo Mediations

A symposium with Jussi Parrika, Femke Herregraven, Erin Espelie, Conny Groenewegen, Pieter Paul Pothoven, Adam Nocek and Patricia Pisters.

16 Jun 2017

What can we learn about contemporary geological processes and the roles of humans therein by looking at media objects and digital culture? The symposium Geo Mediations celebrates the entanglements of media and geological events. The evening program brings together a wide ensemble of voices in both talks and artwork presentations.

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When rubber soles and pixels are burning. - Visual artist Femke Herregraven presents  Optical Orbits at Geo Mediations, an evening of talks and artworks presentations reflecting  the entanglements of media and geological events.

The program is composed and organized in collaboration with Patricia Pisters of ASCA (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis) and Adam Nocek of the Laboratory for Critical Technics from Arizona State University. 

Femke Herregraven: Optical Orbits

Visual artist Femke Herregraven presents Optical Orbits, a video work that addresses the historical and contemporary construction and geography of the telecommunications infrastructure that serves as the backbone of today’s financial markets.

Pieter Paul Pothoven: Stone Light Mirror

In media artist Pieter Paul Pothoven’s Stone Light Mirror two ongoing projects are engaged that focus on ancient geological resources and artefacts, their postcolonial history and the social interaction they continue to mediate as precious commodities.

Jussi Parrika + Emma Charles: Underground: An Occult Infrastructure

Underground: An Occult Infrastructure is a performance talk. Media theorist Jussi Parikka elaborates on the centrality of the underground and the imaginary of the invisible, hidden data infrastructures as part of the current focus on data culture and the legacies of the Cold War. The talk is performed as part of Emma Charles’ film The White Mountain (2016). The White Mountain is a 16mm docu-fiction film that is set primarily in the Pionen data centre, a former Cold War era civil defence bunker buried 30 metres underground in Stockholm and redesigned by architect Albert France-Lanord in 2008 to house large servers, notably having included those of Wikileaks and PirateBay.

Conny Groenewegen: Fashion Machine

Conny Groenewegen creates fashion and art pieces made from textile with a focus on production and labour processes. In collaboration with the Laboratory for Critical Technics at Arizona State University, Mediamatic and Conny Groenewegen presents Fashion Machine: a large scale installation incorporating more than 1.000 kg of fleece sweaters and the labor of hundreds of volunteers to set the machines in motion. As such, Fashion Machine is a critical reminder of the magnitude and lasting impact the fashion industry has on the Earth.

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Erin Espelie: Automorphic

Erin Espelie is an American filmmaker, writer and editor. Her work investigates current scientific research related to the Anthropocene, issues in environmental history, questions of epistemology and our expectations of the moving image. Her film Automorphic shows the rare-earth mining operations in the Mojave Desert and how they offer their own set of boundaries for our sense of seeing, self-reflection and meditation on technology.

Information and Tickets
Geo Mediations Symposium 
Friday 16 June
Program starts at 20:30
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam

Tickets: €5 Students | €7,50 Pre-sale | €10 Door!