Film screenings: Iroojrilik – L'or bleu des Alpes : un bien menacé – TRAY TRAY KO
Films: Iroojrilik - L'or bleu des Alpes : un bien menacé - TRAY TRAY KO
On September 12 at the Scala cinemas, three films will be shown in partnership with the Festival du Film Vert Genève and meyrin durable. The program, a mix of artists' films and documentaries, aims to offer a complementary experience in terms of both aesthetics and approach to the "Beyond Water" theme. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with guests with expertise in the issues raised by the films.
The three films reflect on the relationship between human beings and water, on the traces left (or not) on the latter, and on nature's capacity to encompass humans and their smallness. The dreamlike dimension of the two artists' films Iroojrilik and Tray Tray Ko almost evokes a kind of "spirituality" of water and testifies to its "purifying power", while the reportage L'or bleu des Alpes : un bien menacé reminds us of nature's vulnerability in the face of human practices.
The three films will be followed by a discussion with :
Camille Kerdanet, committed water management expert with a passion for humanitarianism. She is responsible for cross-border water management at the Office cantonal de l'eau for the State of Geneva, and has worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Agence Française de Développement.
Bernard Vienat, specialist in artistic practices linked to the environment, director of the art-werk association and curator of the (re)connecting.earth Biennial.
An evening introduced and moderated by :
Cerise Dumont, anthropologist and art historian, research and communications officer for art-werk.
Céline Bartolomucci, Festival du Film Vert Genève committee member and environmental project manager in Nyon.
Julian Charrière, Iroojrilik (2016), 21'04
The film Iroojrilik captures the decaying atomic-industrial architecture of Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Through her montage, the artist suggests morphological overlaps with the monstrous wrecks lying at the bottom of the atoll's lagoon, battered by tide and time.
Through a series of shots mixing sunset and sunrise, Julian Charrière suggests an uncertain distinction between daybreak and nightfall - the first glimmer of a new day in the history of the Pacific, and the decline of another.
Dorothée Adam, L'or bleu des Alpes : un bien menacé (2022), 52', France
On the roof of Europe, in the icy waters of the Alps, a handful of scientists, divers and mountaineers embark on unprecedented explorations. From the summit of Mont Blanc to the depths of high-altitude lakes, all are pursuing the same goal: to demonstrate the vulnerability of our most precious resource, freshwater.
By following their struggles and accompanying them as close as possible to their challenges, Dorothée Adam has created an exceptional film in which human adventure, science and ecology combine to raise awareness of what is at stake at the source of our water.
Seba Calfuqueo, Tray Tray Ko (2022), 6'13
The video work Tray Tray Ko focuses on the idea of the trayenko (waterfall) in the Mapuche worldview. The trayenko is a vital and sacred space for many practices of the Mapuche people; the flow of water, particularly from the trayenko, is of the utmost importance and is linked to lawen - the medicinal herbs that grow near bodies of water.
In this filmed performance, we can see the movement of the artist's body, clad in an electric blue coat, as it moves through the forest, eventually entering the river and waterfall. With this film, Seba Calfuqueo proposes a reflection on the body in the immensity of nature.