The first Doc Talk of this fall 2019 semester was with Berlin based artist and filmmaker Angela Anderson. The works in this screening address the extraction of two highly contested substances – gold and oil – mapping out affective cartographies which are rendered invisible within capitalist calculations of value:
Anderson’s most recent film, “Three (or more) Ecologies: A Feminist Articulation of Eco-intersectionality – Part I: For the World to Live, Patriarchy Must Die” contrasts the highly industrial/technical nature of the destructive fracking industry in North Dakota’s Bakken oil boom on the Ft. Berthhold – Three Affiliated Tribes Reservation with voices from Jinwar, a women’s village project in the autonomous region of Rojava (Northern Syria). The first chapter of this ongoing research project emphasizes the urgent necessity of redefining value and for a societal shift towards relations of empathy and care. The film features interviews with feminist activist and writer, Silvia Federici.
In 2013, Angela Anderson and Angela Melitopoulos began documenting the environmental, social and psychological damage inflicted on the region of Halkidiki in north eastern Greece by the construction of a massive open pit gold mine by the Canadian mining company Eldorado Gold in the pristine forests of the Skouries-Kakkavos mountains. Unearthing Disaster I (2013) captures the literal pulverization of the natural and cultural environment and its social form of expression. The video accompanies local activists on a journey through their once familiar landscape, transformed into something they no longer recognize.
Angela Anderson is an artist and researcher working at the intersection of the fields of philosophy, ecology, economics, migration, and feminist & queer theory. Recent video works include the audio-visual research projects Unearthing Disaster (2013-2015) and The Refrain (2015) with the video artist Angela Melitopoulos, The Sea Between You and Me (2016) and as a co-author in the project Crossings (2017) by Angela Melitopoulos shown in documenta 14. During 2018-2019 she was an Art and Theory Fellow at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen (Innsbruck, AT). Recent exhibitions include Tiroler Kunstpavillion (Innsbruck, 2019), Tallinn Photomonth Biennial (Tallinn, EE, 2019), CAAC (Sevilla, 2018), Minnesota Street Project (San Francisco, 2017), Holbaek Images (Holbaek, DK, 2016) Framer Framed (Amsterdam) and the Thessaloniki Biennale (2015). She is also the exhibition designer for Forum Expanded at the Berlin International Film Festival. She holds an MA in Film and Media Studies from the New School (NYC) and is pursuing her PhD at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Originally from Wisconsin, USA, she lives and works in Berlin.