A Tale Of A Tub

Article Extra Mural

LEVIATHAN: Art, Ethics, Schizophrenia & the Marine Environment | Filmprogram at HE.RO Art Gallery

Location: HE.RO Art Gallery (Amsterdam) on Saturday 24 November.

A Tale of a Tub and HE.RO present an afternoon of screenings, talks and a panel discussion on Saturday 24 November during Amsterdam Art Weekend, from 13h to 18h. ‘Art, Ethics, Schizophrenia & the Marine Environment’ is organized in the context of Shezad Dawood’s ambitious project Leviathan, a ten-part film cycle conceived and directed by the artist, that was inaugurated in Venice in 2017 to coincide with the 57th Art Biennale.

In dialogue with a wide range of marine biologists, oceanographers, political scientists, neurologists and trauma specialists, the Leviathan Cycle explores notions of marine welfare, migration and mental health and their possible interconnections. Leviathan is set in an imaginary future whose inhabitants are the survivors of a cataclysmic solar event. Each of the ten episodes is told from the point of view of a different character and follows them as they drift across Europe, Asia and North Africa, encountering a series of idiosyncratic communities.

Leviathan explores where we could be if a deeper understanding of trauma and climate erosion is not found, leaving us to deal with not only a humanitarian crisis, but a wider crisis affecting our entire biosphere. How do we respond to the key challenges that face us?

Whereas the first three episodes of Leviathan were premiered in Venice last year, episodes 4 and 5 premiere in Amsterdam (at HE.RO) and Rotterdam (at A Tale of a Tub) respectively, during Amsterdam Art Weekend 2018.

13.00 an introduction to Leviathan by Shezad Dawood and screening of Episodes 1-3.
14.00 presentation by Amira Gad (senior curator at the Serpentine Gallery, London) on art & ethics as well as presentations by Corina Brussaard (Professor of Viral Ecology at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) and University of Amsterdam), and Jeff Diamanti (Diamanti teaches Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam and is currently working on a book called Terminal Landscapes: Media Ecologies of Postindustrial Energy Cultures).
16.00 panel discussion and Q&A moderated by Shezad Dawood.
17.00 drinks, visit the exhibition in the presence of the artist.

The program will soon be updated with more details.

Shezad Dawood, Murat Reis, 2018. Silkscreen and acrylic paint on Fortuny textile, 198x286 cm, Courtesy HE.RO