[Frameworks] European Film Art Search

From: Bernard Roddy (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Nov 07 2010 - 09:36:42 PST

Hello, artists:

Does anyone have references for film art made in the spirit of the art of the
former socialist and communist countries (Eastern and Central Europe)? I have
two good sources so far:

Promises of the past: a discontinuous history of art in former Eastern Europe,
exhibition curators Christine Macel and Joanna Mytkowska (Centre Pompidou: JRP
Ringier, 2010)

Body and the East: from the 1960s to the present, exhibition curated by Zdenka
Badovinac (Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana: MIT, 1999)

I'm also interested in the theory of artistic practice that recognizes the
wholesale abdication of artistic practice in film to the commodity form. My
best source so far for contextualizing this vast and omnipresent body of work is
also from Eastern Europe:

Art Power, Boris Groys (MIT, 2008)

This quest is motivated by own recent practice, in particular my 2008 film,
Painting, which is a single black-and-white, 3-minute spool, sync-sound, 16 mm
film, of my nude performance with a can of black and a can of white paint before
a white wall. When she saw it, Caroline Koebel immediately spotted its
potential interest in Central or Eastern Europe.

Another way to frame this query would be to ask whether there is any familiarity
with an avant-garde film practice in the former socialist and communist
countries of Europe.



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