Centro de Arte Moderna, Lisbon, 2003
A re-screening of video works from videozone
The participating artists and works >>>
Tali Hinkis (Israel – 1974), 2002, 1' 40''Behind Sacred
was shot at the women’s section of the Wailing Wall
in Jerusalem. Instead of showing the wall itself, the piece
concentrates on the motion of the women to and from the wall.
As they move away from the most sacred site for the Jewish
people, the women continue to face the wall walking backwards,
thus creating a unique rhythm between the Holy and the mundane.
The sound is a remix of a live performance by Israeli singer
Victoria Hanna. The piece was originally presented during
a performance with Hanna at Habima Club, Tel Aviv and Tonic,
Tali Hinkis was born in Jerusalem, in 1974. In 1994
she moved to Paris to study at the École des Beaux-Arts.
In December 2000 she received a student exchange grant to
study in NY where she has lived and worked since. While working
mostly with digital equipment, Hinkis produces handmade and
tangible visual pieces that reflect on technology’s
vulnerability and on its relationship to the physical and
emotional human body. Her videos have been shown in many festivals
and screenings around the world, while her collaborative performances
have been presented in many venues in the U.S.A including
Tonic, The Knitting Factory, Exit Art, Art in General, and
Andrew Krepes Gallery.
Boaz Arad (Israel – 1956) & Miki Kratsman (Argentina
– 1959), 2000, 6' 20''The film is a series of reconstructions
of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination
by passers by at the scene of crime. Each has his/her own
vague scenario of the event, and must complete the missing
Boaz Arad was born in Israel, in1956. Teaches
at the Camera Obscura School of Art, Tel Aviv, Hamidrasha
- the Art College, Beit Berl and the Thelma Yellin High School
of the Arts, Tel Aviv, Israel. Selected exhibitions: The Angel
of History, Herzliya Museum of Art; The Jewish Museum, New
York. Miki Kratsman was born in Argentina, in 1959, and immigrated
to Israel. Selected exhibitions: Israel Museum, Jerusalem,
Israel; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel; Maison Robert
Doisneau, Paris, France and Nelly Aman Gallery, Tel Aviv,
Doron Solomons (Reino Unido - 1969), 2002, 13'This work addresses
the fears and anxieties of a father – the anxieties
of the narrator himself, the anxieties of an Israeli citizen,
as well as the anxieties of the father of a suicide bomber.
Observing a little girl watching TV, it offers a direct and
indirect view of “reality”.
Doron Solomons was born in London, 1969.
Graduate of the Art Teachers’ Training College (Hamidrasha),
Ramat Hasharon. Teaches video art and cinema at Hamidrasha
- the Art College, Beit Berl and Camera Obscura School of
Art, Tel Aviv, Israel. Among his solo exhibitions are: Haifa
Museum of Art, Israel; Herzliya Museum of Art, Israel. Among
his group exhibitions are: The Video Art Biennale, São
Paulo, Brazil; Videobrasil, Brazil; Microwave 2000, Video
Art Festival, Hong Kong; Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria.
Lior Waterman (Israel – 1975), 2002, 12' 50''
Diverse indecent acts are performed on blood sausages, taking
place at an improvised explosives lab.
Lior Waterman was born in Israel, in 1975.
On 2000 Graduate of the Art Department, Bezalel Academy of
Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel. Curated and exhibited a
video-night at Hagada Hasmalit, Tel Aviv, Israel. Currently
working on a film anthology for the project Hunger curated
by Naomi Aviv.
Hilla Lulu Lin (Israel - 1964) & Levi Zini (Israel - 1953),
2002, 19'Five years after her father had passed away, artist
Hila Lulu Lin returns to the Kibbutz in which she was born
and raised, to present her performance entitled Understood.
During the performance she strolls through the Kibbutz wearing
a special body suit filled with stones, handing gold threads
to Kibbutz members, and eventually gathering everyone, family
members and friends, to the cemetery amidst the graves of
her grandparents. To the sound of a mandolin she lights a
fire inscription reading “Understood.” Director
Levi Zini followed the process of creation, as well as the
encounters with the Kibbutz members and with Hila’s
family members who were agitated by her return.
Hilla Lulu Lin was born in1964, in Israel.
In 1989, BFA, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem,
Israel. Selected solo exhibitions: 1995 The Air Has a Sweet
Taste, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, USA; 1998 Miles
I Would Go, Haifa Museum of Art, Israel; Double Rivage, Centre
Regional d'Art Contemporain, Cité, Paris, France; 1999,
Sunny Side Up, Hallwalls, Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo,
New York, USA; 2000 Absolute Naked, Noga Gallery of Contemporary
Art, Tel Aviv, Israel; 2002 I Need Some Money Honey, Ray Gun
Gallery, Valencia, Spain. FALTA CV LEVI ZINI!!!
Jerusalem Wildlife Diary
Amir Balaban (Israel - 1964) & Sharon Balaban (Israel
- 1971), 2002,15'
Jerusalem Wildlife Diary is part of an ongoing project aimed
at depicting the dynamics between ever diminishing public
green spaces and expanding urban development. Jerusalem, like
many other cities around the world, is changing dramatically.
A growing population and new infrastructure development take
a heavy toll on wild habitats in and around the city. In the
process, large portions of the public natural resources that
have defined the city’s landscape and visual identity
have been lost to the hand of few developers.
The selected sequences follow events in urban wildlife sites
that are presently under direct threat of intensive development.
They portray nature under siege, in a mix of daily routine
and violent occurrences. As the city encroaches, animals adopt
different strategies. Some, no matter what, are doomed, while
others adapt, in some cases even thriving within the new challenging
The film’s central location is the Gazelle Valley. The
valley is what remains of an ecological corridor that led
from the Jerusalem Hills into the center of town. The film
and, in particular, the Gazelle Valley sequences have in fact
acted as a catalyst for the generation of a coalition of community
groups and organizations that are undertaking an unprecedented
urban experiment which has succeeded in suspending proposed
housing development plans for the Valley and ensuring their
participation in determining its fate.
Amir Balaban was born in Israel, 1964. Graduate
of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. Lives
and works in New York. Among his shows are: “Roadside
Language”, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem,
Israel; "The Jews of Singapore", Jerusalem Theatre,
Israel and "Fire Ranges", Bezalel Academy of Art
and Design, Jerusalem, Israel. Sharon Balaban was born in
Israel, in 1971, lives and works currently in New York, USA.
Graduate of the Hunter College, New York. Among his group
shows are: “Paradise”, Herzliya Museum of Art,
Israel; National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary and "Peepshow28
–The Lusty Lady Peepbooths", Seattle, San Francisco,
USA. Among his solo shows are: Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv,
Israel; Herzliya Museum of Art, Israel and Haifa Museum of
In the Center
Elyasaf Kowner (Israel – 1970), 2001, 15'In this one
scene video I have followed a conversation between two ladies.
I was captivated by their presence and drifted into their
private world. Like other of my 'Journey' genre videos, this
one too, is neither true nor false. It represents both a remote
reality but at the same time - an emotion I am longing for.
I have tried to tune into an invisible darkness which is both
funny and at the same time - it's what keeps me going. In
Hebrew the title appears as one word ('Center' as an abbreviation
of 'Dizengoff Center' which is a mall in the heart of Tel
Aviv). So this word that was turned from English into Hebrew
coverts its 'central' implication within it. Is it a peripheral
center or a center because the heart is always there, at the
center - just like Shelly, the one character we know by name,
who happens have the same name as the cafe we are sitting
Elyasaf Kowner was born in Israel, in 1970.
Graduate of the Department of Visual Communication, Bezalel
Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel. Selected exhibitions:
Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod, Israel; Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel
Aviv, Israel; Art in General Gallery, New York, USA; Gwanju
Biennale, Korea. Teaches at the Shenkar College of Engineering
& Design, Ramat Gan, Israel.
Cui Xiuwen (China), 6' 19''
The Kiss (Let's play Dinasty!)
Francesco Vezzoli (Italy – 1971), 2000, 6'
Francesco Vezzoli's video is, in fact, a “vintage
remake” of the most typically Hollywood-style serial
(Dynasty), set in an oppressive apartment, decorated with
furniture that belonged to Ludwig of Baviera. Helmut Berger,
who played Ludwig in Luchino Visconti’s 1972 movie by
that name, participated in some episodes of Dynasty, playing
the role of Peter deVilbis, a dissolute and self-destructive
aristocrat. In The Kiss, Berger gets rid of that improbable
self-referred character and takes his own revenge, assuming
the role of Dynasty’s transgressive and self-conscious
heroine Alexis Carrington, originally played by Joan Collins.
Francesco Vezzoli himself recites with Berger a fragment from
a Dynasty episode: a dialogue between Alexis and her son Steven
Carrington about his presumed homosexuality. The ironically
dramatic scene is filmed in a visual style that intentionally
recalls Visconti’s 1974 masterpiece Conversation Piece,
starring Helmut Berger and Silvana Mangano.
Francesco Vezzoli was born in Brescia, Italy,
1971. Studied Fine Arts at the Central St. Martin‚s
School of Art, London, England. Lives and works in Milan,
Italy. Since 1997 has exhibited his work world wide, including
solo exhibitions in the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New
York, USA; Galleria Giò Marconi, Milan, Italy; Castello
di Rivoli - Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin; Galerie fur
Zeitgenossische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany; Centre d‚Art
Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland. His group exhibitions include:
the Second Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, England;
the 49th Venice Biennale, Italy and Squatters, Fundação
Serralves, Porto, Portugal.
Teresa Serrano (Mexico – 1936), 2000, 6' 30''The
video is about domestic violence. It shows a couple arriving
home from a party. He still has the tuxedo shirt on, she is
dressed in a cocktail dress. They start arguing when she tells
him to put out his cigarette and complains about an affair
he is supposedly having. He hits her and shouts at her. She
forgives him as part of their sadomasochistic relationship.
Teresa Serrano was born in 1936, in Mexico.1997
Havana Biennial, Cuba; Johannesburg Biennial, South Africa.
2000 Video installation, Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires,
Argentina. 2001 Buried Mirrors, video installation, Bard College,
New York. 2002 Formas de Violencia (solo), Laboratorio Arte
Alameda, Mexico City.
Family Values (Part II: The Motherhood Itch)
Teemu Mäki (Finland - 1967) & Pijetta Brander (Finland
- 1970), 1997, 14'
"We worked on Family Values parts I and II a couple of
months before the birth of our first child. We used the unique
changes in Pirjetta's body, our relationship and moods as
raw materials with which to ask fundamental questions. For
example: Why live? Why give birth? Are children our feeble
bridge over the gulf of death? What are the similarities between
making art and making children? Our daughter, Aino Ursula
Mäki, was born on June 15, 1997." (Teemu Mäki,
"I studied the myths associated with pregnancy and motherhood,
which were totally alien to me. I found it hard to accept
the physical transformations of the female body during pregnancy.
Among other things, these works are about coming to terms
with these changes. Giving birth of a child of our own raised
many questions about identity, while providing answers to
others.” (Pirjetta Brander, 1997)
Teemu Mäki was born in Lapua, Finland,
in 1967. In 1990, he completed the MFA at the Academy of Fine
Arts of Finland, Helsinki, where he currently studies for
Ph.D. Selected Solo Exhibitions: 1999 Studio Mezzo, Helsinki;
2000 Cable Gallery, Helsinki; Studio Mezzo, Helsinki; Kiasma,
Contemporary Art Museum, Helsinki; 8-part work Vampire Variations,
with Studio X; Galerie Anhava, Helsinki; Kari Kenetti Gallery,
Helsinki, Finland; Muu Gallery, Helsinki; 2000-2001 Why Socialism
Is Necessary, Oulu City Art Museum, Finland; 2001 Gallery
of the Finnish Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; 2002 Doctorate
exhibition, Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, Finland;
The Estonian Art Museum, Rotterman Salt Storage, Tallinn,
Estonia; Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland. Pirjetta Brander was
born in Helsinki, in 1970. Lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.
Education: 1990-1991 Art School Basis, Stockholm, Sweden;
1991-1994 Tampere School of Art and Media, Finland; 1998-2000
MA, Tampere School Of Art and Media (Tampere Polytechnic),
Finland; 2001 MA, Tampere Polytechnic, Finland. Solo Exhibitions:
Scorn and Ridicule, Rajatila Gallery, Tampere, Finland and
Cable Gallery, Helsinki, Finland (1998); Seinäjoki Art
Hall, Finland (1999); Adopted Emotions, paintings, Studio
Mezzo, Helsinki, Finland (1999); Adopted Emotions, photographs,
MUU Gallery, Helsinki, Finland (1999); Studio Mezzo, Helsinki,
Finland (2000); Gallery Rajatila, Tampere, Finland (2001);
Kulmagalleria, Helsinki, Finland (2002); Studio Mezzo, Helsinki,
Finland(2002); Gallery Titanik, Turku, Finland (2002).
Stand By Your Man
Stefan St. Laurent (Canada – 1974), 1998, 10' 45''
3rd prize, WRO Biennial of New Media, Wroclaw, Poland.
An anxious and overzealous drag queen attempts to perform
Tammy Wynette's “Stand by Your Man,” out-takes
and all, in lip sync. The video raises many questions about
the desirability and exoticism of transvestites. It is also
a homage to singer Wynette, the queen of tragedies.
Stefan St-Laurent was born in Moncton, New
Brunswick, Canada, 1974. Stefan St-Laurent has been Programmer
for the Images Festival of Independent Film and Video in Toronto
(1996-1999) and Programming Director for the International
Francophone Film Festival in Acadie (1994 - present). His
film, video and installation works have been exhibited internationally,
notably at Edsvik Museum in Sollentuna, Sweden; the Centre
National de la Photographie in Paris, France; YYZ Artists'
Outlet in Toronto, Canada; and at the WRO 99 Media Art Biennial
in Poland. He has been curator of film, video, photography
and new media for a number of international venues, including
the Lux in London and Cinémathèque Québécoise
in Montréal, Canada. A video and installation artist,
Stefan was until recently the Administrative Director of Gallery
101 in Ottawa and is now co-Artistic Director at SAW Gallery
Christian Jankowski (Germany – 1968), Germany, 1992-1997,
Christian Jankowski (Germany – 1968), Germany, 1998,
The Matrix Effect
Christian Jankowski (Germany – 1968), USA, 2000, 34'
The Holy Artwork,
Christian Jankowski (Germany – 1968), USA, 2001, 15'
Germany, Christian Jankowski (Germany – 1968), 2001,
In his works, Jankowski looks reflexively at the field of
art, exposing its inner politics and discourse. The Matrix
Effect (2000), for example, celebrates the 25th anniversary
of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum’s Matrix program through
what looks like a conservative TV documentary format. Yet,
Jankowski gives the roles of founders, curators and artists
included in the program over the years (such as Sol Lewitt,
Janine Antoni, Christo & Jean-Claude) to children. As
they read out their assigned lines – generally incomprehensible
to them – the structural behavior and language clichés
of both this televised genre and the artistic discourse are
Jankowski also links art to other mediums such as communication
(Rosa, 2001), commerce (Die Jagd, 1992), religion (The Holy
Art Work, 2002), and even fortune telling (Telemistica, 1999).
By combining, associating or juxtaposing different mediums,
Jankowski blurs the boundaries between fiction and reality.
Jankowski’s art is often materialized by dislocating
existing cultural structures, such as a televised sermon or
a televised horoscope program, and artificially planting them
in an artistic context. The artist’s presence in some
of the videos, playing the role of himself, highlights both
the artifice (the objects' displacement) and the real (as
he is portraying himself).
Christian Jankowski was born in Göttingen,
Germany, 1968. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg.
Received international recognition in the 48th Venice Biennale,
in 1999. Jankowski is a multi-media artist working with installation,
video, photography, performance and literature. Lives and
works in Berlin. Jankowski’s solo exhibitions include:
The Swiss Institute, New York, USA; De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam,
the Netherlands; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT, USA; Galerie
Meyer Kainer, Vienna, Austria; Cologneischer Kunstverein,
Cologne, Germany; Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany. Group exhibitions
include: the 48th Venice Biennale, Italy; Kunsthaus Hamburg,
Germany; The Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England;
2nd Berlin Biennale, Germany; ArtPace Foundation for Contemporary
Art, San Antonio, Texas, USA; the 2002 Whitney Biennial, USA.
Nira Pereg (Israel – 1969), 2002, 1' 30''
While trying to find the pleasure zone of the eye or gaze,
the camera is ordered to navigate in all directions and instructed
to stop at what seems to be a pleasurable spot. Despite the
visual nature of the search, the image remains virtually arbitrary,
carefully following the audio, as if complying with its every
demand and need.
Nira Pereg was born in Israel, in1969. Graduate
of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art,
New York and the Post-Graduate Program of the Bezalel Academy
of Art and Design, Jerusalem. Her works were featured at the
Aco Art & theatre Festival, Aco, Turkey; Video Art Festival,
Annecy, France; Young Artists’ Biennale, Rome, Italy,
among other venues.
Memorial Project, Nha Trang, Vietnam: Towards the
complex – For the Courageous, the Curious and the Cowards
Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba (Japan - 1968), 2001, 13'
Memorial Project traces the pilgrimage of the “leftover”
class from the Vietnam War, in search for location or, in
essence – its struggle for identity. Hatsushiba films
a race of cyclos under water. Invisible behind the camera,
the artist “hovers” to examine and capture the
hunt as reflected in his own life. The struggles lead to a
“complex” of 30 stretched mosquito nets, 6-8 meters
deep underwater. The randomness of each net evokes the helplessness
of drowned boat people. The courageous, the curious, and the
cowards are symbolic of the fundamental types of individuals
who attempted to flee. They are also the major types we can
encounter in our society. They may be symbolic of all individuals
in various situations and circumstances.
Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba was born in Japan,
1968. Lives in Vietnam. M.F.A, from the Maryland Institute,
College of Art, Mount Royal School of Art, Baltimore, Maryland,
USA. Selected solo exhibitions: Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo,
Japan; De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Dallas Visual Art
Center, USA. Selected group exhibitions: Busan Biennale, Korea;
Contemporary Art Museum of Kumamoto, Japan; Rio de Janeiro
Film Festival, Brazil; 13th Biennale of Sydney, Australia;
International Triennial of Contemporary Art, Japan.
Go On My Son
Zatorski & Zatorski, U.K., 2000/2001, 7' 30''
GO ON MY SON is a sound and text piece by Zatorski & Zatorski
exploring the parallels between football, tribalism and religion.
Using the construct of a football game, Zatorski & Zatorski
have interlaced spoken extracts from the Gospels with the
roars and cheers of a football crowd and the sounds of the
match. The crowd is the congregation. The preacher is the
commentator. The viewer, seduced by the excitement and fervor
of the crowd, enters the gallery to become part of the congregation.
Football is presented as a contemporary parallel to the gathering
of religious followers and a modern-day mechanism through
which people can still identify "their group". GO
ON MY SON explores the human need to pack, to be tribal, to
battle, to belong, to worship something.
Zatorski & Zatorski formed in ?. Selected
Exhibitions: EX 15:9, Cell Project Space, London, England;
Lightboxes, Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium, London, England;
Witness (solo show), Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, Ireland; No
Sleep Till Hammersmith, film screening, Central Space, London,
England; film screening as part of “Artmart,”
291 Gallery, London; 291 Presents ZATORSKI & ZATORSKI
(solo show), 291 Gallery, London, England (2000); ZATORSKI
& ZATORSKI, documentary produced by Eye Contact, Now TV;
Fresh Art, Business Design Centre, London, England; awarded
sponsorship for Fresh Art by Marks & Spencer; awarded
Visual Arts Grant, London Arts Board; end of residency show,
St Saviours, London, England; installation commissioned for
the directors’ corridor of Marks & Spencer‘s
Head Office, Baker Street, London, England; Fresh Art, Business
Design Centre, London, England; Open Studios, site-specific
installations, St Saviours, London, England (2001).
Singing Lesson #1
Artur Zmijewski (Poland – 1966), 2001, 14' 01''Courtesy
of the Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, PolandA choir composed
of deaf girls and boys sings a fragment from the Polish Mass
(1944) by Jan Maklakiewicz, accompanied by the sublime sounds
of an organ. They sing: “In this holy place, in this
holiest place, our voices rise to you and erupt as the sea
roars from the deep abyss. O Christ, hear us. O Christ, listen
to us.” .
So Far, So Good
Andreas Gedin (Sweden – 1958), 2002, 4' 30''
Courtesy WRO Festival, Wro, Poland
A man is telling a silent movie to a blind boy while eating
Andreas Gedin was born in Sweden, in 1958.
Lives and works in Sweden. His works combine an interest in
ideas, communication, logistics, literature and power relations.
They often interfere with and undermine given rules or categories,
causing changes or disturbance of what we usually regard as
normal. The use of texts in also prevalent in the works that
are presented in the form of small-scale actions, videos,
photography or any other medium that suits the content. Gedin
has participated in group exhibitions including: Babel, Ikon
Gallery, Birmingham, England; Say Hallo to Peace and Tranquility,
the Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam, Holland and
Nicolai CCAC, Copenhagen, Sweden; Attention Span, Freespace,
Sydney, Australia and has stages solo shows at Index, Stockholm
and BildMuseet, Umea, Sweden. He is currently working on several
projects at the Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden.
Karen Russo (Israel - 1974), 2002, 13'
Karen Russo's Benevolence revolves around the figure of the
"schemer" (played by the artist) who sets traps
for innocent figures, such as children, the elderly and the
helpless, thus violating asocial taboo. The encounter between
the satanic figure of the "schemer" and these people
generates a crisis, providing a catalyst that triggers a process
of deterioration. It is an encounter characterized by destructive
giving, where the one ties a rope around other's neck. Among
other things, this work challenges the prevalent view of the
artist as a moral person, highlighting the artist's manipulative,
malicious, criminal facet. This video describes the creative
process as a winding road that in a distorted way strives
for a harmonious end. It offers a dual perception where good
and evil are intertwined, defining one another and mutually
inseparable. It does so by presenting the artist as a hangman,
executing a divine decree.
Karen Russo was born in Israel, 1974. Graduate of
the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, in Israel.
Oliver Pietsch (Germany – 1972), 2002, 10'
Courtesy WRO Festival, Wro, Poland
You need a camera. A cheap one will do just fine. A tripod,
a pin, some adhesive tape, balloons, and maybe someone to
help you a little. Use the tape to fix the pin to the camera's
lens. Blow up the balloons and disperse them in a room of
your choice. Now put the camera on the tripod and carry the
whole thing upside down. Before you start shooting you should
practice a little.
Oliver Pietsch was born in Munich, in 1972.
Studied at the Art Academy, Munich (1996-2003). Lives in Berlin.
Group Exhibitions and Festivals: Videonale, Bonn, Germany;
gestrandet, Munich, Germany; Videofestival Murazzi, Turin,
Italy; In & Out, Tirana, Italy (2000); Generator, Bologna/Milan,
Italy (2000/2001); WRO - 9th Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw,
Poland (first prize); Infernale, Berlin, Germany; Circles
Of Confusion, Film & Video Festival, Berlin, Germany;
Macht der Gewohnheit, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria;
Videofestival, Turin, Italy; Click Here, Art Forum Gallery,
Merano, Italy; 14th Instants Video Manosque, France (2001);
Prison screening, Prison of Marseilles, France; VideoArt &
Experimental Film, Munich, Germany (2000).
Kendel Geers (Belgium – 1968), 0' 22''Performance by
Jerome Sans and Nicolas Bourriaud.
Kendell Geers was born in Brussels, in May
1968, where he lives and works. One Person Exhibitions: Rogue
States, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (2003);
Mondo Kane, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy; A Spy
in the House of Love, Camouflage, Brussels, Belgium; Sympathy
for the Devil, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Grenzgänger,
Galerie Luis Campana, Köln, Germany (2002); Where Angels
Fear to Tread, Delfina Project Space, London, England; Televisionaries,
Württembergischer Kunstverein and Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart,
Germany (2001); Art Unlimited, Basel ArtFair, Basel, Switzerland
Zmojego okna ('From My Window')
Jozef Robakowski (Poland – 1939), 1978-1999, 20'Courtesy
WRO Festival, Wro, PolandI have been working on this film
since 1978, when I started living in a flat situated in the
so-called Manhattan in the center of Lodz. From time to time
I would “look out” of my kitchen window with a
film or video camera at a huge square which became the hero
of my “notebook.” In spite of me, constant changes
and various social and political events kept taking place
in that square. I was also interested in the everyday lives
of the people who had something to do with the square. Twenty
years have gone by since I shot the first frames of that film.
The time accumulated on film became the protagonist of my
venture. In 1998, the City Authorities decided to build an
international hotel in our beautiful square. Its construction
is currently under way. Now the view from my window encompasses
only a fragment of the hotel wall. In 1999, I decided to end
these film chronicles.
Jozef Robakowski was born in Poznan, Poland,
in 1939. Studied History of Art and Museum Management at the
Department of Fine Arts, Nicholas Copernicus University, Torun,
and Film Photography at the State College of Film, Television
and Theater, Lódz. 1970-1981 and since 1995 Lecturer
at the State College of Film, Television and Theater, Lódz.
He is an artist, art historian, author of films, photographic
series, video recordings, drawings, installations, objects,
conceptual projects and initiator of many important art events
and multimedia shows. Co-founder of artistic groups engaging
in experimental art, among them: OKO (1960), Stkf Petla (1960-1966),
Zero-61 (1961-1969), Krag (1965-1967), Warsztat Formy Filmowej
– a legendary formation founded in 1970 in Lódz,
and Stacja L – a Creative Television Group.
Renata Poljak (Croatia – 1974),1999, 7' 30''
Courtesy WRO Festival, Wro, Poland
The video's main concern is the father figure in the private
as well as public-political senses. An artist is writing and
rewriting the words Tito, Tata, ("daddy") obsessively.
The auditory as well as visual similarities of these words
prompt the artist to repeat the action over and over again.
Acoustic quality turns into a mantra-like, repetitive sequence
whose sound covers the words’ content. The rhythmic
repetition of the sound and gesture of scribbling the words
Tito and Tata, turns the words into sound material for a pop
song to which the artist is dancing.
Renata Poljak was born in Split, Croatia,
1974. In 1999, Post-Graduate studies at E.R.B.A.N, Nantes,
France. Lives and works in Nice and Split. Poljak creates
videos, video installations, light objects and photographs.
She has shown her work at the most important group shows in
Croatia. In March 2000 she staged a solo exhibition at the
Extended Media Gallery, Zagreb. Her work has been shown throughout
Europe, the US and Canada, in galleries, museums and biennials.
She received four awards for her videos.
Agnese Bule (Latvia – 1972), 2000, 13'
An excursion in Latvian history and the Latvian present recounted
in a symbolic (tree/barrel) language.
Agnese Bule was born in 1972, in Latvia.
She graduated from the Department of Visual Communication
of the Art Academy of Latvia in 1999.
Sprechen Sie Deutsh? (Do You Speak German?)
Alexander Vereschack (Ukraine – 1971) & Margarita
Zinets (Ukraine – 1972), 1998, 12'
Courtesy WRO Festival, Wro, Poland
Sprechen sie Deutsch is based on footage from original educational
film created by BawariaFilm in 1970. It explores the possibility
of looking at an object from a different point of view and
trying to comprehend the material without focusing on the
educational aspects of film. We preserved original dialogues.
Some parts of the film, however, replaced one another in the
editing process, thus shifting accents in the content. As
a result, our initial object revealed itself in a different
mode and one of the previously invisible layers surfaced.
Alexander Vereschak was born in Dnepropetrovsk,
Ukraine, 1971. From1991 to 1996, studied at the Institute
of Industrial Art, Kharkov, Ukraine. Margarita Zinets was
born in Cherkassy, Ukraine, 1972. From 1992 to 1997 studied
at Institute of Industrial Art, Kharkov, Ukraine. Since 1997
they have participated in several group shows including: Rebel
Minds Project, Berlin, Germany; Algeria New Video, RA-gallery,
Kiev, Ukraine (2002); War & Communication, Graz; Event
City, Bauhaus-Dessau; Brand Scape, Berlin, Germany (2001);
Break 21, Ljubljana, Slovenia (1999); Come to Our Cosmos,
Galerie Kohlenhof, Nürnberg; Inner Space, Poznan, Poland.
1997 '5+5' Gallery Kohlenhof, Nürnberg (1998). Solo Exhibitions:
Ra-gallery, Kiev; L-art Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine. Both live
in Kiev, Ukraine.
Bardzo nam sie podoba ('We Like It a Lot')
Azorro Group (Poland – 2001), 2001, 7 ' 30''
A group tour in Warsaw's contemporary art galleries; a fruitful
insight into the critical discourse concerning the criteria
of art evaluation.
Azorro Group was formed in late 2001. Azorro
is a group of artists who come from different fields and different
media: Oskar Dawicki - performer, Igor Krenz - video artist,
Wojtek Niedzielko – photographer, and Lukasz Skapski
- installations, objects and photographs. Azorro talks in
old rock terms. It is a super-group formed by recognized artists,
who are also active in other constellations. They have joined
forces to make ironic videos that often comment on delicate
matters pertaining to the art system. Azorro has been exhibited
at Galeria Raster, Warsaw; Entropia, Wroclaw; Bunkier Sztuki,
Krakow, Arsenal, Bialystok – all in Poland, as well
as abroad – in Austria, Brazil, the Czech Republic and
Dialog Between East and West
Marcel Odenbach (Germany – 1953), Germany, 1978, 3'
Too Beautiful to Be True
Marcel Odenbach (Germany – 1953), Germany, 2000, 9'
44'' It Was on a Thursday
Marcel Odenbach (Germany – 1953), Germany, 2002, 10’
Marcel Odenbach was born in Germany, in 1953.
Teaches Media Arts at the KHM, Cologne, Germany. In the past
30 years, he has exhibited his works all over the world, including
group exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the
Netherlands; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Documenta
6 & 8 in Kassel, Germany; and solo exhibitions at the
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA; IVAM, Centro
Julio Gonzales, Valencia, Spain; Centre Georges Pompidou,
Paris, France, among other venues. Currently lives in Cologne,
How to Make a Refugee
Phil Collins (England – 1970), Macedonia, 2000, 11'
Bagdad Screen Tests
Phil Collins (England – 1970), Iraque, 2002, 48'
Phil Collins (England – 1970), USA, 2002, 60'Collins’
territories of interest lie in border zones. His objects of
gaze are usually refugees, asylum seekers, the homeless. In
the past couple of years he has shot in Belfast, in Belgrade,
in refugee camps in Macedonia, etc. In his work, he seeks
to portray the individual in an area of civil or social conflict;
he constantly examines and criticizes the media’s conventional
representation of such issues, putting into question the possibility
of creating an authentic image. In How to Make a Refugee,
for example, Collins follows reporters and press photographers
in a Macedonian refugee camp as they choose their “locations”
and “stage” the chosen refugees in order to obtain
the requested “effect” for their Western viewers.
Phil Collins was born in 1970 in Runcorn,
England, Phil Collins is a stills photographer and video artist.
He studied at the University of Manchester (English Literature
and Drama) and did his MFA in Fine Arts at the University
of Ulster. Collins’ work has been presented in the Museum
of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Jusgoslavia; the Temple Bar
Gallery, Dublin, Ireland; the Tirana Biennial, Albania; Pandaemonium
- Lux Centre, London, England; Manifesta 3, Moderna Gallery,
Ljubljana, Slovenia; ArtTank, Belfast, Ireland; the Cardiff
Art in Time Festival, Ireland; Art Primeur 2000, CBK, The
Netherlands, among other venues. In 2002, he was invited to
take part in the PS1 International Artist Program, New York,
USA. Phil Collins is based in Belfast, Ireland.