A woman born with Sirenomelia—so-called mermaid syndrome—investigates a Cold War Arctic submarine base. The location opens to the cosmos, listening to the earth and to the sounds of quasars. Sirenomelia exposes a future liberated from the military and economic structures that oppress the present; a future in which relations between humans and nonhumans have been transfigured; a future in which the cosmic dimension of earthly coexistence is woven into the texture of the social.

About Emilija Škarnulytė

Emilija Škarnulytė (b. Vilnius, 1987) is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Tromsø and Berlin. Emilija Škarnulytė´s work consists of a series of politically active visions, in which she investigates reality with a political and poetic approach. She explores questions of the beginning of the universe in relation to the geological ungrounding processes, invisible structures, geo-traumas and deep ­time.Her films look into a relation between art and science and the cross sections of non-human scale systems and desire. Škarnulytė was educated at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan and Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art in Tromsø. She is a founder of Polar FilmLab in Tromsø, Norway. Her films have been screened at La Biennale di Venezia - 15th International Architecture Exhibition (2016, Italy); International Rotterdam Film Festival (The Netherlands, 2015); 31st Sao Paulo Biennial (Brazil, 2014); Artists’ Film International Season 7, Whitechapel Gallery (2015, UK), Pompidou Film Festival Hors Pistes (France, 2014); and International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Germany, 2013) among others.

Selected filmography

The Footstones in Night Writing (2015), Hollow Earth (2013), Song-do Prophecy (2013), Aldona (2012), The Valley of a Missing City (2011), The 38th Parallel North (2010)