Making of Earths
Directors: Geocinema—Asia Bazdyrieva and Solveig Suess
About the film
The act of cinematic perception—media theorist, Ute Holl states
Here, vision is never disembodied. The question, “who images?” is still key in the types of knowledge extracted from beams of light. On the 18th of August, 1868, King Mongkut gathered a group of western scientists to Prachuab Khiri Khan, to witness a solar eclipse. This image of the solar eclipse acted as proof of a successful cosmological prediction calculated two years in advance, with its date now marked as Thailand’s official start of progress. But what goes beyond prediction, beyond watching?
About the directors
Geocinema (Solveig Qu Suess & Asia Bazdyrieva) is a collective that explores the possibilities of a “planetary” notion of cinema. Based in Berlin and Kyiv, they are conducting episodic research vis-a-vis experiments in moving image, narration and collective thinking. Each probe into ways of understanding and sensing the earth while being on the ground, enmeshed within vastly distributed processes of image and meaning making. Their work has circulated internationally, including most recently their first solo show Making of Earths at Kunsthall Trondheim (2020),and, in group shows including Critical Zones at ZKM Karlsruhe (2020-21) and Rethinking Collectivity at Guangzhou Image Triennale (2021). Bazdyrieva & Suess were Digital Earth Fellows (2018-19), and have been nominated for the Schering Stiftung Award for Artistic Research (2020).