LEARNING TO LIVE WITH THE ENEMY
Pedro Neves Marques
Portugal, 2017, Video, 9’35, loop
Shot in inner Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, in a landscape transformed by the monoculture agricultural practice of transgenic soy, maize and sugar cane, the film follows the process of transforming soy crops into biodiesel, from the moment of harvest to the workflow of one of the main biodiesel processing factories in the region. Taken from a diary written by the director, we read the questions written on the image: What kind of life lies in transgenic seeds? And what does it mean to live with the enemy?
Expressively politicized, the films and texts by Pedro Neves Marques portray a cosmopolitics of relations – so empathetic as they are violent – between human and non-human, futurist elements and indigenous South American issues, or the artificial and the natural, while weaving a dialogue between anthropology, technology and ecology. With an international career in visual arts, his short film Semente Exterminadora, produced by Curtas Metragens CRL and shot in Brazil, expands the concerns of Terminator Seed, by assembling documentary elements from diary entries written by the author.