press release

Screen City Biennial 2019
Ecologies – lost, found and continued
17.10.2019 - 30.10.2019

The Screen City Biennial (SCB) is happy to announce the participating artists for its fourth iteration in Stavanger, Norway. SCB 2019 will use Stavanger harbor’s architectonic positioning in the Nordic landscape to present a broad range of international artists working in the fields of moving image and expanded video and film, augmented and virtual reality, audiovisual, performance and installations.

With:

Andrew Norman Wilson / Emilija Škarnulytė / Enrique Ramírez / Flatform / Jonathas de Andrade / Band of Weeds / Kristina Õllek / Mai Hofstad Gunnes / Marjolijn Dijkman and Toril Johannessen / Michelle-Marie Letelier / Momoko Seto / Oliver Ressler / Richard Alexandersson / Saara Ekström / Sissel M. Bergh / Tove Kommedal / Tuomas Aleksander Laitinen

SCB 2019 focuses on the theme Ecology - lost, found and continued. The biennial engages in a post-anthropocentric worldview and it sets out to present, facilitate and examine art and artistic inquiry that raise questions of how human action affects the ecologies with which it is implicated. It searches for ecologies that may be lost to the dominant imaginary of the modern, rationalized Western society and found in what by some is considered to be the peripheries of this. Rather than peripheries however, these may be deep-rooted centers of knowledge which could guide us towards more sustainable, conscious and spiritually anchored futures, if continued. Bringing these ecologies forth through the art, the biennial asks: how can non-anthropocentric positions and holistic knowledge systems be continued as foundations on which we can move onwards—be brought into new context, inspire processes of innovation, as well as ways of presenting and engaging art?

New commissions
A crucial part of this year’s SCB are the new works by Emilija Škarnulytė (LT), Saara Ekström (FL), Tuomas Aleksander Laitinen (FL), Michelle-Marie Letelier (CL), Enrique Ramírez (CL) and Band of Weeds (FL) that engage with a post-anthropocentric worldview. As with all mining operations, deep sea mining raises important questions about its environmental impact.

With Deep Point Cloud, Emilija Škarnulytė commits to creating a dialogue between art and science, exploring invisible architectures and larger systems of power. The newly commissioned video work will be a visual meditation and examination of the contemporary science conditions related with deep sea mining and ocean mapping.

Band of Weeds’ sound and light act performance will be presented live at the Stavanger Art Museum during the SCB opening weekend. Greenhouse Phenomenon will be a sound inquiry into the plants' pulse and life signals, made audible to the audience with the aim to show how much activity there is every weed.

Tentacle Tongue is part of Tuomas Aleksander Laitinen’s research on more-than-human minds. The conductors of this AR-project are cephalopods, and through this class of species, Laitinen examines questions of biodiversity and radical difference.

The Bone is a VR experience inside the installation of a wild salmon’s skull by Michelle-Marie Letelier, where certain physical elements and stories can be discovered, supported and complemented by a voice and sound composition in the background. Letelier will collaborate with Berlin-based visual performing artist Kalma for a second commission on a real-time perception of the dynamic and symmetric growth of sodium nitrate caliche crystals.

Saara Ekström's Beacon offers a participatory event of expanded cinema, live along the harbour of Stavanger. The artist has filmed the endangered and fragile ecosystem on Finnish islands in collaboration with researchers at the Archipelago Research Institute, and brings these black & white 8mm images with her to create a projection performance.

Connecting two threatened environments along the Norwegian coast with Tidal Pulse - Part II, a site-responsive sound piece and visual voyage on a Ferry traveling through the Fjords; Enrique Ramírez reflects on the fossil fuel-induced environmental crisis of the region.