Protocinema Open Air Screening Tour 2021, titled Permanent Spring, Delayed Bloom, is curated by Asli Seven, of single channel videos by: Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Minia Biabiany, Emre Hüner, Sofia Gallisá Muriente, Ahmet Öğüt, Deniz Tortum & Kathryn Hamilton. Each film in its own unique texture of language, narrative and technique reflects on our severed relationship to land, climate and bios (life) as permeated by narrative and information technologies, along with the entanglement of labor and entertainment in our global extractivist context.
Permanent Spring, Delayed Bloom brings into consideration the collective experience of cinema as the defining feature of the medium: the predefined time of a collective gathering, in the dark, before a projection screen, as the condition for a unique experience of perception and memory shared by an audience. Simultaneously, Permanent Spring, Delayed Bloom reflects on built environments as "scapes" - landscape, cyberscape, mindscape - that mobilize multiple spatial and temporal scales: human, historical, cosmological and microbiological, emphasizing the multiplicity of worlds that coexist, end and begin at any given time. The films in this program all focus on the semiotic agency of tools as sensory, cognitive and physical extensions of humans in fabricating the world we inhabit, and beyond diagnosing the end of our current world; they ask what is to come and what are we to make of all the past worlds that have come to an end?
Permanent Spring, Delayed bloom emphasizes a prolonged interval of time during which the rising tides of new life are met with the resistance of old structures around the artificially upheld idea of permanence, despite the inevitability of the impending outbreak: we are suspended in the hyper-speculative and congested immediate beforemath of a birth.