Opening Thursday, May 28th, from 4 PM - 5:30 PM
On view through Thursday, May 28th
Block Cinema inaugurates its Desktop Cinema Working Group screening series with an online presentation of filmmaker and scholar Ben Mendelsohn’s AS IF SAND WERE STONE… (35 min, 2019), an essay film examining the making and remaking of urban waterfronts in New York City. Narrated by landscape architect Gena Wirth, the film analyzes dredging and sand filling as key infrastructural processes in the production of urban space. The film combines observational footage of New York’s massive harbor deepening project with a series of self-reflexive research spirals about human earth moving in the region. Mendelsohn’s documentary will screen alongside two episodes of WHAT IS DEEP SEA MINING? (12 min, 2018-2019), a series of innovative web documentaries by the Portuguese media collective Inhabitants.
Following the screening, Mendelsohn and a member of the Inhabitants collective will appear in conversation with Jacob Leveton, PhD candidate in Art History at Northwestern University.
Various Artists, USA and Portugal, Digital, approx. 60 min
LIVESTREAM LINK WILL BE SENT TO TICKET HOLDERS 48 HOURS PRIOR TO SCREENING
RSVP on Eventbrite for links to the screening: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/online-event-desktop-cinema-working-group-new-digital-ecologies-tickets-105973004108