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New Film/Video: non-feature

Transitland: Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact (be sure to replace [at] with @) : Kristine Kotecki, kristinekotecki [at] gmail.com

The 100 videos and films juried and collected into Transitland: Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009 were all produced in post-socialist Europe throughout the twenty years since the fall of the Berlin wall. Cultural institutions in Sofia, Berlin and Budapest have housed the collection. Meant to bring together a range of artistic reflections on the 20th anniversary of the beginning of post-socialism, the Transitland project emphasizes lived experiences of geopolitical and social change. It neither makes the Berlin wall a central event, nor its fall a definitive resolution. And while the “post-socialist” category that brings these videos together is broad, its filmmakers’ overlapping and contrasting concerns also trouble the category. Concerns like redrawn borders, limits on mobility, dictatorship, and war appear alongside negotiations of popular art, new social movements, and the mores of “polite” society, all somehow inflecting an expansive definition of post-socialism. The multiplicity of social and aesthetic movements represented, and of production qualities and performance styles in the Transitland project intersect in surprising ways, especially when viewed on the randomly shuffled “playlist” on the hypertext version of the collection. The collection can be viewed online at http://www.transitland.eu, and selections will be screened at the South East European Film Festival at the Goethe-Institut, April 29-May 3, 2010.

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