An online channel for exploratory video and documentary reporting


Editorial team:
Mariana Silva, Pedro Neves Marques

Margarida Mendes (art curator); Laurel Ptak (curator and executive director at Art and General, NYC).

Inhabitants is an online channel for exploratory video and documentary reporting. We produce and stream short-form videos intended for online distribution, with each episode focusing on a different topic.

We are currently collaborating with TBA21 on a mini-series about Deep Sea Mining. Its first episode was presented at the New Museum in New York in the context of the New Museum Triennial, and its episodes have since been shown widely both in activist and institutional spaces, most recently at NTU CCA Singapore.

Previously, we have collaborated with institutions such as Haus der Kulturen Der Welt and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), Museu Colecção Berado (Lisbon), Contour8 biennale (Belgium), as well as programmed a film session for DocLisbon International Film Festival in Lisbon, Portugal.

Inhabitants was shortlisted for the 2017 Visible Award. You can find more information here and read an interview with us here.

We are actively engaged with both artists and political agents on the ground, and are open to any inquires and suggestions. Our videos are free and intended for online viewing; however, if you wish to host or screen them in a public program we appreciate you contact us beforehand. This way we can provide better quality content and help you in contextualizing our episodes and any political issues involved.

Decades ago, different animals were spliced together to rehearse a filmic exodus, in which looped footage invoked symphonic pathos with the escape of elephants, flamingos, monkeys, and birds fleeing from the camera lens. Today, Artavazd Peleshian's nine-minute-long film, Inhabitants, abstracted in the low-res YouTube rip, can be read as a preamble to the mass extinctions that haunt contemporary regimes of visibility. 

Systemic imbalance in itself is hard to compute. But really there no longer is a single way to address the problem. Activist campaigning, academic and fiction-writing speculation, artistic expression and documentary reporting are all currencies within sharing platforms. All these modes of address, their concerns and desires, fuel this online channel for exploratory video reporting. Splicing and clicking away—here is