Films, talks & events
13 October — 6 November 2022
Film directors have used fiction to show how humanity relates to nature, in every genre. Think, for instance, of disaster films, ones about pandemics, underwater creatures that can talk or plant-based life forms who colonise the minds and bodies of earth’s inhabitants.
Much in life is uncertain, but one thing is sure: climate change. Cinema Ecologica focuses on how film directors depict the relationship between humanity and the earth: from nail-biting disaster films to artistic meditations, from romantic nature experiences to astounding science fiction.
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Fish scales in your lap
Eye will immerse itself in the fear of being overwhelmed by water with ‘People with gills’, the first episode of the Cinema Ecologica programme.
Romancing Nature: the desire to disappear
Do we consider nature comforting or an object for us to use, or are we part of it? Cinema Ecologica: Romancing Nature immerses itself in the romantic experience of nature.
Who owns the future?
Film history presents numerous scenarios about the future of the planet, a complex cohesive ecosystem that is both robust and vulnerable. How are they imagined?
Slamming on the brakes in the car wash
What does today’s spiritually starved consumer really need? Cinema Ecologica: Three Daffy Weeks focuses on our lust for shopping and our greed.
Vincent Rietveld on The Seventh Seal
Eye-programmer Anna Abrahams in conversation with theater maker Vincent Rietveld on The Seventh Seal.
Christiaan Fruneaux on Dead Man
Futurist Christiaan Fruneaux won’t soon forget the first time he saw Dead Man. He explains why he selected this Romantic film as his favourite film about ecology.
Laura Burgers on Stalker
Lawyer Laura Burgers is committed to the rights of nature. She watched Stalker with that look. Sociologist Ruben Jacobs interviewed her.
Cinema Ecologica #1: People with Gills
The first episode of Cinema Ecologica is dedicated to films that depict our fear of an inundated future, yet also conjure up alternative worlds. Films such as Waterworld (1995), The Shape of Water (2017), Plan Delta (1989) and Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) showcase water’s power with all the mythical, horrific and dystopian connotations you can imagine.
In Évolution (2015) mothers take their sons to the tideline of a crashing ocean at night, suffused with some mystical assignment, whilst Belgian artist Johan Grimonprez stays on land: his artist’s talk deals with the promise of symbiotic ecology for humans and animals.
Of paramount importance is how fiction can increase awareness of the Anthropocene’s consequences – the era during which mankind has destructively bent the earth to its will.
During the Romantic era, man was seen as small and insignificant in relation to nature, in which they sought the awe-inspiring experience of the Sublime. In 'Romancing Nature', we take a look at nature as the bearer of epic, compelling stories; as the source of comfort and happiness. A programme that gives voice to the untamed forces of nature: the Wild, depicted on film.
Vincent Rietveld will be visiting Eye to demonstrate how to make a climate-neutral, touring theatre production and Italian eco-philosopher Emanuele Coccia, author of the internationally renowned ‘The Life of Plants’, will be talking about ecological awareness to accompany a film made by the Flatform collective about the oldest tree in Italy.
Xtended VR: Symbiosis
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The VR experience Symbiosis by Dutch collective Polymorf (presented in cooperation with IDFA DocLab) is nothing short of spectacular, bringing man, animals, and technology together as one.
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Cinema Ecologica #3: Whose is the Future?
The third episode of Cinema Ecologica focuses on cinematographic visions of the future.
In 1972 the Club of Rome published The Limits to Growth, outlining the consequences of global environmental pollution. After an initial wave of panic, the fear slowly ebbed away, until the reality of the melting polar caps could no longer be denied in recent years.
In 'Whose is the Future?', filmmakers, artists and philosophers examine the theme of 'eco-science fiction': how has the story about the relationship between humans and nature evolved over the past fifty years?
Featured will be work by directors such as Richard Fleischer (Soylent Green, 1974), Matt Wolf (Spaceship Earth, 2020), and artists Janis Rafa and Müge Yilmaz (both represented at the Biennale di Venezia 2022). Also: events and guests, including sociologist Ruben Jacobs, film scientists Patricia Pisters and Dan Hassler-Forest and philosopher Lisa Doeland, specialist in catastrophic thinking.
Cinema Ecologica #4: Three Daffy Weeks
Cinema Ecologica's fourth edition is a critical-humorous programme about how the consequences of human greed have been portrayed by filmmakers. With classics such as Koyaanisqatsi and The Wolf of Wall Street, specials on sustainable fashion, and discussions with artists and scientists.
The world is facing major environmental problems and changes. The question is: can film help us visualise the world as we want to inhabit it? And how can cinema contribute to the debate about the influence of humans on planet Earth?
Luxury department store De Bijenkorf was famed for it: the Drie Dwaze Dagen ('Three Daffy Days') when shoppers could nab the bargains of the year. This festival of (discounted) consumption, which you could see as the high mass of capitalism, was tremendously popular.
It won't get as daffy as back then in the Filmmuseum, but our three-week programme does put our greed under the magnifying glass. The common thread is the question: if we are all part of a system aimed at maximum profit, can we still subject that same system to criticism? Or are we too daffy for that? Have we been blinded?
Feature films, short films and artist films in which – stylised, straightforward or puzzling – the man-made depletion and pollution of the earth are discussed. The selection is wide: the programme includes Godfrey Reggio's classic Koyaanisqatsi (1982), Pripyat (2016) by Nikolaus Gyerhalter, George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978), Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street (2014) and Jia Zhang-ke's Still Life (2006).
There are also specials, discussions, and special screenings, for those who want to delve deeper into the theme. Think of a special about sustainable fashion in collaboration with the interactive Fashion for Good Museum and a performance by the electro-acoustic duo Wanderwelle.
The unimaginable as (almost) reality. On 13 January 2018, the 1.6 million residents of Hawaii were startled by a text message about an imminent nuclear attack. The VR On the Morning You Wake (to the End of the World) by Mike Brett, Steve Jamison, Arnaud Colinart and Pierre Zandrowicz lets you experience the chilling 38 minutes that recipients experienced before receiving the redeeming message that it was a false alarm. In Eye 14 through 23 October.
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