Rhizobia is a forward-thinking series in which we will explore various, prescient environmental issues and global perspectives on climate change through the spectre of film. The vast majority of environmental news stories are negative in nature, mostly given the conventional wisdom that increasing people’s concern or even fear of climate change are effective triggers for panic-stricken action. This series seeks to contest this notion by creating a space in which alarm overlaps with hope, knowledge and contemplative observation.
Rhizobia is a collaboration between LAB111, Stichting Art.1 and Gemeente Amsterdam Stadsdeel West.
All shows can be visited for free when having Stadspas: Groene stip. If you want to make a reservation, please contact us via reserveren@lab111 or give us a call: 020 616 9994.
Upon a plant’s death, the rhizobium bacterium allows plants to fertilize the soil around them, thus welcoming a new generation to fertile land with better survival and growth opportunities. Through film, Rhizobia seeks to do precisely that.
Q&A with Heike van der Hoogte from ‘community supported agriculture’ Pluk! Groenten van West
Pluk! Groenten van West was initiated by urban farming collective Cityplot at the beginning of 2017 in order to show that it is possible to provide urban dwellers with healthy organic food. Since, it has consolidated itself as a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, bridging the gap between urban and rural. Their model is a simple alternative to the current broken food system, and a move towards local food production. Harvesters pay an annual fee so that the farmers can grow fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers for them. So instead of consuming food grown in monocultures on the other side of the world, you can choose your own fresh ingredients and get to know your farmers personally. You save costs by cutting out the middlemen, you save the climate by harvesting your own food close to home, and you support local farming instead of the multinational supermarket.
Q&A on our relationship with nature, climate change and changing cultural landscapes with artist Jasper Baldwin Coppes
please note: Q&A only on Thursday November 11th
Jasper Baldwin Coppes (NL, 1983) is an Amsterdam based artist. His practice takes shape across a variety of different media, such as; film, writing, sculpture, architecture and sound. With his work, he questions the dominant stories we tell about landscapes and the processes that take place within them. Long-term dialogues with specific sites, people and other entities form the basis of his practice.
Last September he released his most recent work – Aasivissuit, in which he explores the rapidly changing cultural landscapes of Greenland, and how people and nature interact in the face of imminent climate change.
Q&A with Katz Laszlo, one of the creators of EILAND, a landmark theater performance on rising sea levels and the end of Amsterdam by the Walden Collective
Katz Laszlo is a radio maker, audio producer, biologist and one of the creators of EILAND, a landmark theater performance on rising sea levels and the end of Amsterdam by the Walden Collective.
The Walden Collective crafts performances and installations at the intersection of art, philosophy and science based on the conviction that science can inspire art and art can make science tangible. The collective likes to work in striking locations and, after observation and analysis, creates pieces that ignite a dialogue with the environment’s own story. By researching the underlying biology and philosophy of a landscape, the Walden Collective unearths this place-specific story and tells it in a unique and multi-sided way.
Q&A with cinematographer Samir Ljuma
Samir Ljuma is acclaimed Cinematographer and producer, who ́s focus is on capturing human behavior, intimate relations and authentic interaction. Faces as source and motivation he’s able to draw multiple layered vivid canvases with his camera and his honest and heartfelt approach towards protagonists. Visible in various successful collaborations with macedonian and international directors like Ilija Cvetkovski “ Avec L ́Amour”, Hanis Bagashov “Mishko”, Dimitar Orovchanec “Comrade”, Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov “ Lake of Appels”, with whom he also told the double Oscar nominee feature documentary “Honeyland”, which won three main awards on the Sundance Film Festival. One of those is the “Special Jury Award for Best Cinematography”. As well he is an local producer for the macedonian region, within he contributed an inside perspective for the international productions of “ Fake News Fairytale” directed by Kate Stonehill and the short documentary “ Selling Lies” directed by Oscar nominee director Leslie Iwerks, produced by “Revelation Entertainment” and “ Iwerks&Co”. Besides this he is founder of the film production company “Diverse Film Production”. Samir is the winner of the American Society Of Cinematographers Award for best Documentary cinematography as well as IMAGO Award, IDA Award, Cinema Eye Honors Award, Sundance Film Festival award.”