Imperial Valley Opening

Imperial Valley Opening


STATE Studio presents the documentary work of artist and filmmaker Lukas Marxt as part of its ongoing exhibition series Field Experiments. The Austrian artist and filmmaker investigates in his work the dissection between a world interfered with and designed by humans over the natural order. In his immersive documentary video work “Imperial Valley (cultivated run-off)” and photographic installation, he depicts California’s most important region of industrial agriculture located in the Sonora Desert. Through a birds eye view we follow artificially laid water channels and fly over monocultures that seem to dissolve into abstract forms. Marxt invites us to bear witness of an anthropocentric environment driven by exploitation and corporate interests but what are the consequences of human action for the ecosystem and how real are these landscapes we artificially create?


Opening, 13 September 2019, 6:30

7:00 pm Panel discussion and book presentation with Lukas Marxt, Maike Mia Höhne (Filmmaker and Curator of the Berlinale Shorts), Olaf Stüber (art dealer, curator, publisher and lecturer) and Laureline Simon Krichewsky (Coordinator, United Nations: Resilience Frontiers)
The talk is moderated by Johanna T. Wallenborn

8:00 pm Exhibition and Bar opened,

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Credit: Imperial Valley (cultivated run-off) Video Still, Lukas Marxt

Credit: Imperial Valley (cultivated run-off) Video Still, Lukas Marxt


In 2013 Lukas Marxt was selected for VISIT fellowship programme run by the innogy Stiftung für Energie und Gesellschaft. It provides young artists with the opportunity to create new work and pursue extraordinary projects.

Imperial Valley is presented in partnership with Imagine Science Films (ISF), New York, an international platform spreading new and experimental works at the interface between science and film.