Using various levels of imagery, the essay film Europium draws connections between Papua New Guinea's colonial past and the planned excavation of raw materials from the Bismarck Sea. The film weaves a narrative around the rare earth element Europium; named after the European continent, the material will be culled from the ocean floor to ensure brilliant color images on smartphone displays and other flat screens, and of course for its fluorescent property, which is used to guarantee the authenticity of euro bank notes. The film describes this seemingly mundane fact as a return and repetition of history, pointing in the process not only to the complexity of human culture, its economies and systems of exchange, but also exposing the invisible ghosts of the past as they appear in the modern objects of our lives.

- Philipp Kleinmichel



Europium Filmstills ©️ Lisa Rave



Europium Filmstills ©️ Lisa Rave

CPB-III Screening Room

Europium

Duration: 21 mins
Location: Online & Goethe Institut, Chennai
Days Timings
Wednesdays & Saturdays 11 AM to 6 PM
About the artist

Lisa Rave (DE/GB) is an artist filmmaker. Rave studied Experimental Film at the University of Arts Berlin and Photography at Bard College, New York. She was a fellow of The Current at TBA21 Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary Academy, the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, KHM (DE); as well as the Academy Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (DE) in 2014. Her work has been shown internationally by, among others, Kunstmuseum Basel (CH); Berlinische Galerie; BOZAR Brussels; the Museum for Modern Art Dubrovnik (MOMAD); mumok, Vienna; the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore; at the Transmediale, HKW Berlin; the Toronto Biennale (CA); and Lofoten International Art Festival, LIAF (NO). Rave currently works at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg (DE).

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