:Imperial Valley (cultivated run-off)
Austria/Germany, 2018, 14 min
The Imperial Valley represents one of California´s most important regions of industrial agriculture. Corporate agricultural production interests have been able to successfully cultivate and exploit this geological part of the Sonora desert through a gigantic irrigation system fed by the Colorado River, as well as the All-American Canal specifically engineered for this purpose and which attained sad notoriety through the Mexican migration movement. The system´s run-off flows through pipes, pumps and canals leading to the Salton Sea, an artificial lake that is approaching ecological as well as economic disaster, just as bordering regions of Mexico.
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Lukas Marxt born in the Steiermark region of Austria in 1983, studied geography and environmental system sciences in Graz until 2004. He then switched to audiovisual design at the University of Art and Design Linz. From 2007 to 2008 he studied art and multimedia at the Faculdade de Belas-Artes in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2009 he took up a postgraduate degree at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and a masters at the Academy of Fine Arts (HGB) in Leipzig.
Berlinale 2018. Karlovy Vary IFF 2018. Edinburgh IFF 2018. Graz – Diagonale 2018. Hamburg IShFF 2018. Palm Springs IShFF 2018. VIS, Vienna 2018. Vila do Conde 2018. Dresden FF 2018. Guanajuato FF 2018.
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