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Mishkin Gallery: Critical Ecology on Film | Erik Blinderman and Lisa Rave in conversation with Professor Alison Griffiths
Start Date: 4/22/2021Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 4/22/2021End Time: 2:00 PM
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Thursday, April 22



Erik Blinderman and Lisa Rave in conversation with Professor Alison Griffiths

HD video, color, sound, 40 minutes 2017


Taking its title from a man-made radioactive element on the periodic table, “Americium” addresses the literal contamination of sacred lands and the spiritual neglect of an American landscape. The film revolves around the contested long term nuclear storage facility of Yucca Mountain using portraits of individuals and local communities to explore the conflicting ideologies and fantasies of the American West. It is a search for what is invisible and embedded within the landscape, a meditation on what is simultaneously real and imagined. The project is a culmination of several years of research on the subject, with most material being produced just prior to the November 2016 Presidential Election.

Lisa Rave, born 1979 in Guildford/UK, and Erik Blinderman, born 1979, New York, currently live and work in Berlin, Germany and co-run Whole Wall Films. Their work has been shown with institutions, galleries, and cinemas internationally.  

Professor Alison Griffiths is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Baruch College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she teaches film history, visual studies, and media theory.



Some changes in the environment are easy to see while others are more covert. Through the work of four international artists/artist collectives, the Critical Ecology on Film program will expose and tackle questions regarding ecological crises in relation to climate change, inter-species communication, nuclear power, and privatization of the commons. Artists will join professors from across the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences to connect visual culture and the humanities in transdisciplinary conversations that concern the entanglement of politics and our contemporary ecologies. Each film will be screened followed by a conversation. Critical Ecology on Film takes place on Zoom and is free and open to the public.

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