"Unearthing Disaster" Film Screening and Q&A with Directors

April 29, 2016

Angela Anderson and Angela Melitopoulos

Friday, April 29, 4:00PM–6:00PM, Room 2270, SFU Harbour Centre

Co-presented by SFU’s School of Communication, SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement, SFU's Department of English, SFU's FCAT, SFU's Contemporary Arts Graduate Program, SFU's School for International Studies, SFU's CPCC, SFU's Department Sociology & Anthropology, SFU's Labour Studies, SFU's FASS and UBC's Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory 

Film screening and Q&A with Directors Angela Anderson and Angela Melitopoulos

Unearthing Disaster brings us to Chalkidiki in Northern Greece, the site of an ongoing grassroots struggle against large-scale open pit gold mining projects which are emblematic of the exploitative power relations existing within the European Union and a powerful example of contemporary disaster capitalism. As a result of the austerity measures imposed on the Greek state by the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank, a "fast track" investment program was instituted for the accelerated licensing of large scale private investment projects. The documentary shows how Eldorado Gold, a Canadian “low cost” mining company based in Vancouver, became the emblem of such "fast track" investments, receiving state approval in July 2011 for the construction of an open pit gold mine to extract the very last grams of gold from the ground under the Skouries forest of Halkidiki.

Angela Anderson is an artist and filmmaker working on research-based projects at the intersection of the fields of ecology, economics, migration, media and feminist & queer theory.  Over the past ten years she has worked with many artists and filmmakers on the realization of performative, filmic, and installation projects (including Katya Sander, Antonia Baehr, Jan Peter Hammer, Annika Larsson and Judy Radul).  Since 2013 she has been working together with the artist Angela Melitopoulos and anti-mining activists in NE Greece, producing two films and a radio project in the context of the struggle against the construction of the Skouries open pit gold mine. She is the exhibition designer for Forum Expanded at the Berlin International Film Festival and has a great interest in the potential of audio-visual media to open up new lines of flight. Recent exhibitions include "Voices Outside the Echo Chamber" (Framer Framed - Amsterdam), the 2015 Thessaloniki Biennale, and the David Roberts Art Foundation ("A Special Arrow was Shot through the Neck" 2014). She holds an MA in Film and Media Studies from the New School and a BA in Economics and Latin American Studies from the University of Minnesota. She lives and works in Berlin.

Angela Melitopoulos has produced experimental video-essays, installations, documentaries and sound pieces since 1985. She studied fine Arts with Nam June Paik. Her work focuses on mnemopolitics, time, geography and collective memory in relation to electronic/digital media and documentation. Her artworks highlights the relation between praxis and theory but foregrounds invention and new formats with multi-screen works, performance and expanded cinema related formats. Within her research projects she has worked on collaborative, geo-political exhibition projects and organized seminars. Her installation ‘Assemblages’, co-realized with the philosopher Maurizio Lazzarato, initiated a series of debates around Félix Guattari’s notions of the role of animism in processes of decolonizing our subjectivity. In 2013, with artist Angela Anderson and activists from Greece, she produced an anti gold mining project and the free radio http://www.radio-schizoanalytique.net/  Melitopoulos’ videos and installations have been exhibited in, and received awards from, numerous international festivals, exhibitions and museums. She currently teaches in the Media School of the Royal Art Academy in Copenhagen.