On Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 18:30 the Curatorial Fellowship invites you for an evening film screening of three films from the LUX Scotland Collection of Moving Image. This film screening asks you to take an extractive view of our familiar body of water and consider the landscape through an ecological and political perspective.
Starting with Emily Richardson’s toxically beautiful Petrolia, we begin our journey at North Sea oil fields. Petrolia portrays a fluid interaction between landscape and population, sea and machine. Filmed in time-lapse, giant oil platforms begin to resemble organic forms and our sense of scale is gradually eroded. Emily Richardson’s films explore landscapes and environments to reveal the way that activity, movement and light is inscribed in place.
Expanding out across the world, we dive beneath the surface of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico with Some Part of Us by artist duo Semiconductor. Some Part of Us Will Have Become is the lament of a lone robot bearing witness to a man-made disaster. Made using internet streams captured during the Deepwater Horizon disaster Semiconductor have created a science fiction, narrated by the voice of a remotely operated vehicle. Whilst declaring hopelessness and despair it attempts in vain to quell the disaster, systematically arranging man-made debris. Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it through the lens of science and technology, questioning how they mediate our experiences.
Finally, we present Miranda Penell’s The Host. Particularly poignant in today’s political climate, The Host investigates the activities of British Petroleum (BP) in Iran; a tale of power, imperial hubris and catastrophe. The film asks us to look, and look again, at images produced by the oil company and personal photos taken by its British staff in Iran– including the filmmaker’s parents– not for what they show, but for what they betray. The Host is about the stories we tell about ourselves and others, the facts and fictions we live by and their consequences.
To round off the event we welcome an open, speculative discussion of the topics portrayed in these films.
The title of the event comes from the first chapter of ‘North Sea Oil and Gas: A Geographical Perspective’ by Keith Chapman. This book is generously on loan to us from Aberdeen City Library and can be accessed from our resource hub at the Worm Tuesday to Saturday 12pm-5pm.
The Associates is run by Peacock Visual Arts and began as a pilot program in 2018. This years programme brings together five practitioners working in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and is Scotland’s first fully-funded Curatorial Fellowship for visual arts. This year’s cohort includes; Joss Allen, Caitlin Dick, Phoebe McBride, Svetlana Panova and Abby Beatrice Quick. The Fellowship has been running since May 2019 through a series of intensive sessions, reading groups and discussions with local and international organisations and practitioners. The content of the programme is informed by the needs and interests of The Fellows and developed by the collective group, with support from PVA staff.