Four New Vertical Cinema Commissions

Sonic Acts has commissioned four new Vertical Cinema films by Susan Schuppli, Lukas Marxt, BJ Nilsen and Karl Lemieux, and HC Gilje. In the context of Dark Ecology – a three-year art, research and commissioning project that unfolded around the border of Norway and Russia in 2014, 2015 and 2016 – the films are informed by how we think about the concepts of nature and ecology. Susan Schuppli’s Atmospheric Feedback Loops shows the complex feedback processes of climate change; Karl Lemieux & BJ Nilsen explore desolate, empty urban landscapes in their film Yujiapu. HC Gilje’s rift transforms flickering petrochemical textures and deep-time crude oil into colourful plastics. Finally, Lukas Marxt’s Persistence of the Vacuum Without Grounding Definitions contemplates the impressive heavy industry of Murmansk.


The films will be premiered at Sonic Acts Festival 2017, all presented with a custom-built projector in vertical cinemascope.