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Mon, Apr 27


Epsilon Spires Virtual Cinema

ERDE (EARTH): Virtual Screening

Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans - with shovels, excavators or dynamite. Director Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Our Daily Bread) observes humankind as a geological factor, in mines, quarries and construction sites, engaged in a constant struggle to take possession of the planet.

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ERDE (EARTH): Virtual Screening
ERDE (EARTH): Virtual Screening

Time & Location

Apr 27, 2020, 10:02 AM – May 04, 2020, 11:59 PM

Epsilon Spires Virtual Cinema

About the event

Tickets are $12, Available Now: (closed-captioning available)

*Dates Extended Due to Popular Demand

Eminently timely while avoiding familiar rhetorical devices, EARTH casts its glance widely to depict the myriad of ways that human beings across the globe transform their natural environments to present a portrait of our world in the Anthropocene.

Filmed at seven locations that humans have transformed on a grand scale: entire mountains being moved in California, a tunnel being sliced through rock at the Brenner Pass, an open-cast mine in Hungary, a marble quarry in Italy, a copper mine in Spain, the salt mine used to store radioactive waste in Wolfenbüttel and a tar sands landscape in Canada. Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s camera patiently records the labour of the machines in their massive disintegrating landscapes and what those involved in these undertakings have to say about their work and its impact on the environment, landscapes, and economies. 

On Earth Day, April 22nd at 7pm (EST) there will be an online director Q & A hosted by Living Room Theaters.

Register here to join the conversation:

“One might expect Erde to be another sermon on how we continue to desecrate the environment. But Geyrhalter’s perspective remains far from simplistic. His films, both aesthetically exhilarating and morally unsettling, bear despondent messages about the depletion of natural resources, even as they dare us not to gaze rapturously at images of incomparable beauty.”

-Tony Pipolo ART FORUM

“The film starts with the statistic that humans move 156 million tons of rock and soil a day, making our species ‘the most decisive geological factor of our time.’ Geyrhalter supports this with eerie and scalp-tinglingly vast landscape shots that are now a feature of his work: images of Kubrickian strangeness, like pictures from another planet, some distant, grim, mineral-rich moon that we are callously exploiting because we don’t care about it.” –Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Our online screenings are an effort for us all to stay connected while social-distancing. The cost of each ticket sold will be split between the filmmakers and Epsilon Spires. Every rental directly supports artists & helps our venue survive these challenging times. 

♥ Much gratitude to the filmmakers for their partnership, and to you, our community for your continued support ♥ 

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