Lecture Performance, Vžigalica Gallery, Ljubljana, 16. november 2012
Neven Korda has presented the technical parameters which define the video as a medium. The specifics of the analogue image are essential for understanding of the theory of video, which is determined, according to the artist, by the sensor, the signal and the electronic display.
Presentations and screenings Wednesday, 14 November, from 6 pm Vžigalica Gallery, Trg francoske revolucije 7, Ljubljana
Our colleague Sandro Droschl from Medienturm Graz has presented a highly distinguished selection published in the Edition Medienturm with versatile yet carefully corresponding works by artist: Klaus Schuster, Lia, Dariusz Kowalski, Karø Goldt, G.R.A.M., Pfaffenbichler / Schreiber, and reMI.
Some videos per year are published as limited artists’ contribution in the frame of the “Edition Medienturm” (Graz). Experimental Austrian and international artists’ videos which discuss also the dynamic and manifold relation of image and sound in the field of contemporary media/art are shown. The “Edition Medienturm” intends to transport contemporary video art towards a (potentially new) qualified public.
Later in the evening we were very pleased to receive an in-dept video lecture from Sanja Kojić Mladenov who had contextualised the works of Zoran Todorović, grupa Apsolutno, Vladimir Todorović, and Stevan Kojić in the frame of experimental processual paradigms of Video Art in Srbia.
A significant part of contemporary experimental video practice is focused on the research within the process of creation and implementation of artistic work. “Video Art in Serbia: experimental-processual paradigm” includes video works created in different ways and through a lack of classical concepts of video production, without the traditional use of cameras and montage. On the lecture were presented works of Zoran Todorovic, The Center for New Media kuda.org, Vladimir Todorovic and Stevan Kojic.
The initial situation at the gallery by Miha Vipotnik was set up only with a small teaser for the installation and filming situation Home that is yet to be gradually built in cooperation with students from Academy of Fine Arts and Design Ljubljana. The starting point was a tiny illuminated postal stamp viewable only from the stairs installed outside the gallery to enable peeking through a 20x25cm lens carved into a black surface of the glass. The postal stamp was published in a collection of 5 significant paintings from the 19th Century by Yugoslav Post Office in 1967. The original drawing was copyrighted by National Gallery Ljubljana who keeps the painting by Jožef Petkovšek Home in its collection and permanent exhibition. Prior to the exhibition opening on 26th October Sergej Kapus held a lecture about the feeling of “unheimlich” in the painting at the National Gallery. This unsettling mode is going to be one of the themes to be developed in the exhibition process.
Neven Korda at the other side of the gallery space constructed a situation for his work Dominant black. He had sought references in his previous video installations in the same gallery space at the Light Guerrilla exhibition and entitled Simply Beautiful. This time, he had taken only those coincidental reflections from the previous installation that had appeared at a time to be less significant. To enhance something that only constructs the background, the random output of the predominant image is a social decision – to give way to the less visible. In his introduction to the installation and the coming performances – about to be enacted in the course of the exhibition – he has declared a new paradigm to his work: 99% PURE VIDEO. So far, he had theorized on the meaning of the paradigm 100% PURE VIDEO taking into consideration all the possibilities of video as a medium encompassing the technical usage, social implications and aesthetic desire. With the new paradigm he tends to avoid the 100% PURE VIDEO to become a genre, as he is a critic of the usage of the term experimental as a style or genre of artistic endeavours. Furthermore in the correspondence to this, he also comments on the usage of 99% as a commodity term to represent the masses much like it is used in the advertisements. Neven Korda also announced his 5 performances where he is going to enact the newly set paradigm.