OKTA Collective’s second event, human-plant-glitch, will feature films by Alisi Telengut, Dovile Aleksaite, and Evan Meaney, with a Q and A moderated by Lucy Kerr. The event is about 45 minutes long in total. The screening will be livestreamed on www.okta-collective.com
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to RSVP The Fourfold, Alisi Telengut, video, 7 min, 2020 Other Talking, Dovile Aleksaite, video, 5 min, 2019 Beneath The Pressure Of The Sky, Evan Meaney, hacked video files, 10 min, 2008 The three works explore various approaches to the animated, enchanted nonhuman - one in which we are in a multifold relationship with, always affecting and affected by, transforming collectively - sympoetically. The three works refuse anthropocentrism and, through mesmerizing experimental techniques, allow us to view objects, living entities, and technologies as active agents. Based on the ancient animistic beliefs and shamanic rituals in Mongolia and Siberia, The Fourfold, by Alisi Telengut, is an exploration of the indigenous worldview and wisdom. With hand-crafted imagery, it is a testament of reclaiming animism for environmental ethics and non-human materialities. In Dovile Aleksaite’s work, Other Talking, Aleksaite creates a point of view from an enchanted, nonhuman other. It is a narration about people and nature correlation, climate change, coexistence with the other, refusal of anthropocentric thought, and a wish to live longer. Meaney’s work, Beneath The Pressure Of The Sky, elicits its own alien, yet familiar, presence that has emerged from a network of surveillance into a robust technological subjectivity. The film is composed of impressionistically glitching images of the sky falling together and apart - hacked video files from airports. OKTA Collective is an international artistic research and curation group focused on the realms of weather and emotions, indigenous histories, and somatic practices in a time of climate change and ecological degradations.