Center for Contemporary Art, Estonia invites you to a screening The sky above the port was the colour of television, tuned to a dead channel.
Curated by Vanina Sarancino
Organised by Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia (CCAE)
Artists: Mark Leckey, Basim Magdy, Kristina Õllek, Agnieszka Polska, Semiconductor, Andrew Norman Wilson
The screening will be followed by a discussion with artist Kristina Õllek and Vanina Sarancino.
Duration: 69 minutes
Inspired by science fiction as a thought experiment on the future, the program draws connections between the increasingly rapid technological progress and man-made environmental damage. With a diverse selection of filming styles and techniques, it maps the emotional atmosphere of our present – the almost hallucinatory interplay between utopia and destruction, and the wild mood swings between the promise of a sustainable future and a dystopian existence in the hands of technology and human exceptionalism.
“The sky above the port was the colour of television, tuned to a dead channel” is the opening sentence in William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer, published in 1984.
Vanina Saracino is an independent curator and film programmer currently based in Berlin. She is the co-founder of OLHO, an international curatorial project about contemporary art and cinema initiated in 2015 in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, also shown at Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi (Venice, 2017) and Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2018). From 2013 to 2017 she curated monthly selections of artists’ films on the experimental channel ikonoTV, being also in charge of collaborations and projects with museums and institutions worldwide. With ikonoTV, in 2015, she initiated Art Speaks Out, a yearly exhibition project on the environment and climate change, also shown at the Istanbul Modern Museum (2015) and within the UN Climate Change Conference (Marrakech, 2016). Saracino is currently co-curating the Screen City Biennial (Stavanger, Norway, 2019).
This screening is the second in the series of three event this spring in Tallinn at Artis cinema, bringing international video art to Estonia and making CCAE’s archive public to a wider audience. Next event will be on the 3rd of April, curated by Sepake Angiama (London/Chicago), first one took place on the 6th of March, curated by Monika Lipšic (Vilnius).
Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia (CCAE), founded in 1992, is a non-profit expert institution in international cooperation projects with a role to activate and develop Estonian contemporary art scene. Since 1999 CCAE is the commissioner of the Estonian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and since 2016 co-commissioner of Baltic Triennial. CCAE works on collaborative projects both with local and international partners. www.cca.ee