WELCOMED INVASION

(a series of 4 short films in progress, 2020 - 2022). Directed by Lukas Brasiskis

Across the world, animals, plants, insects, fungus and bacterias find their ways (in the majority of cases due to human activities) to urban places which they have not been inhabiting before. They are called invasive species by humans due to they detrimental impact on human-made infrastructures and humans themselves. An invasive species can be any kind of living organism that is not native to an ecosystem and changes the ecosystemic equilibrium already set: they might spread disease, consume the architecture or cause the collapse of infrastructures. And yet, who defines the content of the term "invasion"? What if we looked at the the legal policies and measures of the control of the "invaders" from the "invaders'" perspective? What if we treat the process as queering of anthropocentrism?

Four short films shot in four different cities will cover different stories of (un)welcomes invasions.

The first film in the series examines the case of monk parakeet that is considered the most dangerous bird in Mexico City. Due to the changed EU regulations, these parrots flooded the city in the 2010s. They have caused a lot of problems for the city's electrical system since these parrots build their communal nests around heat-producing electrical infrastructure, which often end up in fires and oustages. By tracing birds encounters with man made things and combining newly shot images with the archival footage, this film traces dangerous paths of alluring birds and raises a question of the biopolitics conducted by humans in the realm of the nature.




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