Screenworks Showcase: Digital Ecologies and the Anthropocene Special Issue

June 20th – 7:30pm Cube Cinema, Bristol

Publication launch, Film Screening, talks & discussion hosted by Screenworks, the Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE Bristol and The Centre for Media Research at Bath Spa University.

This event will act as a showcase and launch of a special issue of Screenworks. The selected moving image works consider the connections between digital technologies and the environment exploring their networks, materialities, infrastructures and relation to new forms of waste.

Talks include artist Charlie Tweed who will introduce the event via a performative lecture titled: The Signal and the rock which considers the consumption of the earth by the production and operation of digital devices and employs speculative fiction to propose a new relation between the technological and the ecological.

Dr. Garfield Benjamin will discuss Googling the Anthropocene a work that examines the use of technologies to enable a ‘posthuman’ position from which to view the downwards spiral of human activity.

Alistair Oldham will discuss his work Wrecked on the Intertidal Zone, an investigative arts project into the environmental destruction of the Thames Estuary.

Screened works include Adam Fish and Bradley L. Garrett’s film Points of Presence which employs a range of visual strategies to map the materiality of the internet. Y Gors [The Bog] by Anne Marie Carty, Nick Jones and Dafydd Sills-Jones a documentary that engages with local communities in a dialogue about the use, and loss, of water systems. Another work The Trembling Giant by Patrick Tarrant inserts a 16mm projector rattle in front of a digital camera that films the Utah landscape intersecting with a sense of geological time and interacting with ‘lenses, focal planes, optics and perception’.

The launch event at Cube Cinema will also include a panel discussion which will provide some further context.

This event has been made possible by funding from MeCCSA.


The event and special issue developed from the international symposium of the same name which took place at Bath Spa University in 2017: