by Gerard Ortín Castellví, Spain, UK 2022, 21''
SCREENPLAY: Gerard Ortín Castellví   SOUND: Oriol Campi Solé
PHOTOGRAPHY: Gerard Ortín Castellví   PRODUCER: Oriol Campi Solé, Gerard Ortín Castellví, Vivianne Jorritsma
EDITING: Maddi Barber, Mirari Echávarri, Gerard Ortín Castellví   LANGUAGE: Sound

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film      Presented at the 15° edition of Lo Schermo dell'arte, 2022



Catalan artist Gerard Ortín Castellví's film analyzes recent technological transformations of contemporary industrial agriculture. Machines check and sort flowers and plants in an industrial greenhouse. Cameras allow farmer-robots to do their work. Scans of tulip bulbs, chrysanthemum stems and vine tomatoes provide data that regulates their growth. The greenhouse is an automated, optimized set for the mass production of fruit and flowers. Humans only intervene to straighten what is crooked, plant delicate vegetation or clean the machinery to ensure that things run smoothly. Products must comply to specifications in order to go on the market. At night, however, when the machines are asleep, unexpected forms of life enter the scene and take control.


Gerard Ortín Castellví

(Barcelona, 1988) is an artist, filmmaker and researcher. His work has been shown in: Whitechapel Gallery, London (2022), Seager Gallery, London (2019); Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2017); Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo (2014); Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo (2014). His works have been screened in international festivals, including: Visions du Réel, Nyon; Open City Film Festival, London; Cinéma du Réel, Paris; Hong Kong International Film Festival; Berlinale.

Selected Filmography

2021 Future Foods; 2020 Reserve; 2017 Perrolobo (Lycisca)

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