Terra Nullius

Collective Misnomer presents: Terra Nullius

December 16th at the Dikeou Pop-Up [312 E Colfax Ave Denver, CO 80203]

7:30pm Doors - 8:00pm (not punk time) screening.

$10 or pay what you can. No one turned away.

The works in Terra Nullius demarcate a separation from traditional and purely representational depictions of the landscape and re-envision ways to contribute to that artistic history. Refusing to simply gander aimlessly into the landscape these pieces jut forward and explore the possibilities, personality, turmoil and narratives that exist within nature. Terra Nullius addresses excessive human residue and false expectations of how nature should serve our needs.


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Artist: Nicholas O'Brien

Country of Origin: America

Title: Three Ways of Evaluating Landscape as a Work of Art

Statement: This video looks at landscape in three different ways: silently, narrated, and loudly.

Year: 2012

Duration: 8:00 min


Artist: Emma Finn

Country of Origin: Scotland

Title: Double Mountain

Statement: Situated in the mountains, places which by their very nature create boundaries and divide up space. The ‘Marks’ are currently up in the mountain, dwelling on how to get out of broken cable cars, find their lost tickets and making endless paper airplanes. The air is thin and they move slowly and quietly; the mountain itself is making all the noise.

Sound Design by Mike Parr-Burman/Mike Fowler.

Commissioned by the Edinburgh Art Festival as part of the Improbable City programme 2015.

Supported by the Scottish Government, Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund and St James Centre.

Year: 2015

Duration: 12:18 min


Artist: Isabelle Hayeur

Country of Origin: Canada

Title: Mirages

Statement: Mirages was filmed in a residential development on Montreal’s South Shore and in the surrounding agricultural lands. We are gradually transported from one site to another, going from a fertile meadow to a desolate construction site. Transitory spaces appear, ephemeral places are set up; these metamorphoses evoke the urban sprawl that replaces rural life with suburban conditions. Those landscapes in mutation reflect the upheavals affecting our living environments and our ecosystems. They hold a mirror to the illusion of having the capacity to build when we do not even have the ability to dwell.

Year: 2014

Duration: 9:49 min

Courtesy of the artist and Robischon Gallery


Artist: Ali Cherri

Country of Origin: Lebanon

Title: The Disquiet

Statement: Earth-shattering events are relatively par for the course in Lebanon, with war, political upheaval and a number of social revolts. While the Lebanese focus on surface level events that could rock the nation, few realize that below the ground we walk on, an actual shattering of the earth is mounting. Lebanon stands on several major fault lines, which are cracks in the earth’s crust. The film investigates the geological situation in Lebanon, trying to look for the traces of the imminent disaster.

Year: 2013

Duration: 20:00 min