Extractable Matters on Film

Extractable Matters on Film 

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation – as a way of continuing our programme online whilst supporting our community of artists and collaborators – we are pleased to present Extractable Matters on Film.

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Launching on the 11 May and running for six weeks with a new film available to watch weekly, this season of artist-made films expands on the questions underlying Arts Catalyst’s ongoing research programme Extractable Matters – explored in the context of the recent two-day conference Assembly: Extractable Matters
 
This film programme aims to explore the molecular effects of mining and extractive practices on a planetary scale. It tries to unpack these complex interdependencies – for instance, between the demand for forms of renewable energy that require the extraction of scarce resources and the disruption of ecosystems and communities – and expose existing forms of  alliances and solidarity between artists, activists, and those affected by mining industries.
 
Artists in the programme include Ignacio AcostaJoshua Portway and Lise Autogena, Regina de Miguel and Rachel O'Reilly, with more to be announced soon. A new film will be released weekly via our e-newsletter. Sign up here!
 
KEY TERMS
 
Extractable matters are both mineralogical and corporeal. They encompass anything that while being dug, removed, displaced, contaminated and exploited, produces profit and value. Extractable Matters is Arts Catalyst’s ongoing inquiry into the politics of extractive practices, of their infrastructures and effects on a planetary scale.

 

*Image: The Cerrejon coal mine, Colombia; courtesy Richard Solly, London Mining Network