⚪, 2022


A short trailer marking the work-in-progress artistic research about/with ⚪, a continuation of pantea’s research on the plant Sundew living in the wetlands which brings together different conversations in order to create a more dynamic relationship between cultures and wetlands.

Three distinct dialogues join together to form the narrative, which also serves as an invitation to acknowledge and further the collective effort done around wetlands, mainly in the context of the "Becoming Fresh & Salty Drops (of water)" programme curated by María Montero Sierra. The latter supported by TBA21–Academy connects the recent collaborative proposal to define ab-bandan[1] to the creative and collective process of the newly signed Venice Agreement for valuation and protection of peatlands, as well as integrating the artistic research efforts that connect with the Venice lagoon through more-than-human perspectives. The final work acknowledges and includes such diverse processes through a combination of film, animation, and audiovisual installation.

In Peatlands Resonance, in conversation with Kate Foster and RE-PEAT, an animated screen transcends through ⚪. We want to find a way to visualise the flux between animate and inanimate forms just below the surface. Can we become more sensitive to the ⚪’s experience of people’s accumulated activities? We want our work to contribute to a culture-shift of awareness to the finite, precious, processes we are part of and depend on.

In Fragile Fragments, in collaboration with u-matic and telematique, we speculate about the fragility of lifeforms, ecologies and metamorphoses that speak to the planet’s transformative forces. In doing so, we imagine through the experiences of characters who address the porous borders between the natural and the artificial. Distinguishing them from one another has become impossible.

“I/eye map wetlands” creates a collective space for different ways of knowing and living with wetlands through the perspective of wetlands themselves.

⚪ takes me from Scottish peatlands to ab-bandans in the north of Iran to the Venice lagoon. Thanks for giving your eyes to us.  

Commissioned by TBA21–Academy with the support of S+T+ARTS.
About the Artist

pantea works with different media in order to imagine and share narratives that are less heard. Everyday stuff, ecology, and the more-than-humans inspire her work. She has experience in performance arts, film, photography, and music. More recently, she thinks and works through sound and gardening. pantea is currently learning about socially engaged practice and community-based work by exploring possibilities brought about by listening. She is passionate about the environment, plants, and wetlands. She has performed and exhibited works nationally and in the Netherlands, Belgium, India, Turkey, and Scotland.

Becoming Fresh & Salty Drops (of water)

Becoming Fresh & Salty Drops (of water)” is a month-long program celebrating the water and life forms of the Venice Lagoon, the largest coastal lagoon in the Mediterranean Sea, home to TBA21–Academy’s Ocean Space. Stories, actions, and online and live events narrate and act upon the future of the Venice Lagoon from ecological and magical perspectives.

About S+T+ARTS

S+T+ARTS is an initiative of the European Commission to foster alliances between science, technology and the arts, in order to cultivate technological innovation centered on human needs and values. 
The pilot project STARTS4Water builds on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 and especially on SDG 5 ‘Clean Water and Sanitation’ and SDG14 ‘Life Below Water’.
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[1] "A type of human-made wetlands formed throughout the southern shores of the Caspian Sea in Iran – as an ancient method of sustainable water management and an irrigation system” published recently in the third issue of Ecoes, Sonic Acts publication, as part of my Overexposed art residency programme.