Director: Emilija Škarnulytė

Lithuania, 2017, 12 minutes

A woman born with sirenomelia, a mythological posthuman being takes us on the journey to the Cold War submarine base above the arctic circle. She exposes a future liberated from the military and economic structures that oppress the present, a future in which relations between humans and nonhumans have been transfigured, a future in which the cosmic dimension of an earthly coexistence is interlaced within the texture of the social. Sirenomelia explores questions of the beginning of the universe in relation to the geological ungrounding processes, invisible structures, geo-traumas and deep time. It is a fictional visual meditation about contemporary science and a cross sections of the larger systems of power and the politics of desire. By performing in Sirenomelia herself, Škarnulytė becomes a measure for biosphere, magnetic fields, photons, minerals and gravity waves.

About the director:

Emilija Škarnulytė (b. 1987) lives and works in Tromsø and Berlin. Škarnulytė is an interdisciplinary artist who mainly uses video and photography in her practice while also creating installations and performances. She studied at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan and graduated at Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art. Škarnulytė´s latest solo shows are "Mirror Matter", Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2017; "Manifold", Podium, Oslo, 2017; "Extended Phenotypes", Viafarini, Milan, 2016; "QSO Lens", CAC Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, 2015.

Her works have also been exhibited and shown at the Venice Biennial (Italu), the Rotterdam International Film Festival (the Netherlands), the São Paulo Biennial (Brazil), International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Germany), Pompidou Film Festival Hors Pistes (France), Whitechapel gallery (London, UK) and elsewhere. She has received Kino der Kunst Project Award, Munich, 2017; National Lithuanian Art Prize for Young Artist, 2016; Anne og Jakob Weidemanns award, Høstutstillingen, 2015.

Section: Conversation between Anouk de Clerq and Emilija Škarnulytė