New Mineral Collective, Pleasure Prospects, 2019. Courtesy the artist.

Discussion: E.S.P.: New Mineral Collective

Saturday, October 10, 2PM PDT
Presented on Zoom
Registration required

Fillip and Cineworks, in partnership with SFU Galleries, are pleased to announce an upcoming virtual screening and conversation with New Mineral Collective as part of E.S.P., an ongoing series looking at the relationship between film and speculative modes of visuality.

Join us Saturday, October 10 for a free, day-long screening of three short films, followed by a live-streamed discussion at 2pm PDT with the artists moderated by Nicole Kelly Westman. 

Screening Program:

Pleasure Prospects (2019)
Hollow Earth (2013)
Neon Oasis (2019)

As part of the E.S.P. series, this event continues an investigation into the interdisciplinary space between documentary, narrative and formalist film, presenting work that complicates notions of science and fiction, and the binary systems of knowledge they have come to represent.

In their work, New Mineral Collective occupies a quasi-institutional space, drawing critical attention to the way land has been altered by global extractive industries. Through a counter-narrative that employs the visual language of industrial filmmaking and sci-fi, New Mineral Collective document dystopic, "perforated landscapes," shifting the values of land and its resource and beginning the process of healing geo-trauma.

Tanya Busse and Emilija Škarnulytė are New Mineral Collective, a platform that looks at contemporary landscape politics to better understand the nature and extent of human interaction with the Earth's surface. As on organism, New Mineral Collective infiltrates the extractive industry, driven through the alternative forces of desire, body mining and acts of counter prospecting.

Nicole Kelly Westman is a visual artist of Mėtis and Icelandic descent. She is currently the Education & Learning Programmer at 221a. As an artist, she enjoys practices of listening, watching, hosting, poeticizing, foraging and sharing. Her writing has been published in Inuit Art QuarterlyC Magazine and Luma Quarterly.