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Enar de Dios Rodriguez and Lisa Heuschober (curator frame[o]ut) present artistic explorations of the water and the many intersections it has with colonialism, land grabbing, violence, collectivity, individualism, capitalism, ecology and representation. Water as a life-giver and a life-threat.


Water as a contested resource, as the basis for survival and wealth. Water as space, a geographical boundary, a border and reason for exclusion - never rigid, in constant movement and transformation. Water as a surface for reflection - a place for critique on processes of appropriation of resources and space. The films presented approach precisely this surface of reflection and link historical economic and ecological processes. Woven together, the loose ends result in an innovative, interdisciplinary, critical form of artistic practice and research.


AT 2021, Essay-Film, 32 min., OmeU
Director: Enar De Dios Rodriguez

Director: Enar De Dios Rodriguez
Script: Enar De Dios Rodriguez
Production supported by: Stadt Wien and Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlichen Dienst und Sport
Editor: Enar De Dios Rodriguez
Voices: Elliís Kenney, Dacey Else
Music: nara is neus, Valentí Adell

Although the oceans make up more than 70% of the Earth, until now only a very small part of the seabed has been mapped. However, in recent years, the mapping of these spaces has accelerated due to different economic, geopolitical and scientific interests, determined to build a "new continent" to be explored and exploited under the sea. Liquid ground is a video essay that takes as its thematic axis the ocean floor and its current cartography to talk about colonialism, ecology and representation.


MQ Hof 8

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SP 2019, Essay-Film, 50 min., OmeU
Director: Maddi Barber

Director: Maddi Barber
Screeplay: Maddi Barber
DOP: Maddi Barber
Production: Maddi Barber
Editor: Gerard Ortin, Mirari Echavarri López, Maddi Barber
Music: Peru Galbete

Beneath the surface of the water lies the place of longing. With closed eyes, similar to a collective trance, dreaming people remember a country that haunts them at night. This land - it is their land. The place where they were born, where they grew up, to which they can never return because it has been submerged in the waters of a reservoir. Maddi Barber creates a project of remembrance: of seven villages and three nature reserves that have disappeared due to the construction of the Itoiz dam in the Navarre Pyrenees. The film is a testimony to a historical wound, a portrait of people who are not willing to accept the expropriation of their land.

Enar de Dios Rodríguez is a visual artist whose interdisciplinary work includes video, photography and installations. In her artistic practice the selective process of existing visual and textual material serves as a starting point for an exploration of the poetic and its political applicability. Her last research-based projects reflect upon the production of space and its socio-political and environmental consequences.