On Thursday March the 20th IFP will host an artist talk by resident artist Esther Kokmeijer, followed by a screening of the short film ‘Stillness’ (2013). Stillness is a cinematic essay about a series of landscapes, filmed in the Arctic and Antarctic. It is scored by Rutger Zuydervelt (aka Machinefabriek).
During the evening, an edible landscape will be waiting to feed the guests. This joint diner gives the opportunity to reflect on the topic.
You are cordially invited to join the meal.
Thursday March 20, 5.30pm @IFP Studio
Heizhima Hutong 13, Dongcheng district 100009, Beijing
To be able to determine the amount of edible mountains, lakes, trees and bushes, please RSVP by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chinese translation will be available during the talk.
The world at large and the connections and movements within it are the main focus of the work of Esther Kokmeijer. She is investigating the origins of nature through mappings of intersections between man-made and ‘natural' forms of reality. She is interested in the way ‘landscapes’ are shaped, interact and interfere in the lives of people and vice versa. In her travels across the globe she explores quantifiable positions related to geographic coordination systems, climatic phenomena and politically vs topologically defined borders.
The coming years, Kokmeijer is working on a trilogy about the human potential to control nature. A trilogy about the three different stages of water (vapour, liquid and solid) and the way we interact with this. She questions the potential to control the weather, reclaim and or protect land from the sea and to have ownership of ice.
During her 6-month residency at IFP (Jan-July 2014), she wishes to investigate China's meteorological systems, more specifically its research and capacity for weather modification. Next to the cinematic essays, she also plans to make installations, interventions and other works in the same context.