t1/2 (2018)
Mirror matter, one channel video-installation, sound, stretchy polymer material

In her films, Emilija Škarnulytė investigates the shifting boundaries between documentary and fiction. She works primarily with deep time, from the cosmic and geologic to the ecological and political: feeling out all kinds of nonhuman and posthuman scales, in the depths of space and time.

“t1⁄2” continues the topic of post-human mythology and fictional visual meditation about contemporary science from the future archeology perspective. “t1⁄2” is also called “half-life”, a term commonly used in nuclear physics to describe radioactive decay. “t1⁄2”, shown as a large-scale video installation that consists of architecture envisioned by the artist through remote sensing 3D scans and the mirrored ceiling, traverse an epic landscape of geography.

Škarnulytė, performing as a siren herself, links the past and future by exploring the memory of the Etruscan Cemeteries, Nuclear Power Plant in Lithuania – a Twin sister of Chernobyl AES, Super-Kamiokande neutrino observatory in Japan, the Antimatter Factory, The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Duga radar and Cold-War submarine base above the arctic circle. “t1⁄2” encounters all that is larger than us and larger than life – a looming climate catastrophe, natural phenomena, ideological constructions, massive scientific structures, recent geopolitical processes and what we know as human knowledge. All have left scars on planet Earth.

Courtesy of the artist




location: “Advance and retreat of globalization” MAIN EXHIBITION,Macao Museum of Art