18 March at 7-9 pm
Auditorium Kunstmuseum Bonn
Screening/Lecture by Marina Gržinić (Artist, philosopher, researcher, Ljubljana/Vienna)
The presentation will focus on a number of video excerpts by different generations of artists from former Eastern Europe, particularly former Yugoslavia (Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo), Russia, etc., that work with the aesthetics, politics and technologies of the video medium. They use the medium to express thoughts about memory, history, nationalism and different forms of structural racism as well as relations, both within and outside the European Union, that are reinforcing the dissemination of discrimination and deregulations. Therefore the focus on "post" Eastern European situation will be centered on the question how video art can still be political within the generally depoliticized trend in contemporary art today.
Marina Gržinić (1958) is doctor of philosophy and works as researcher advisor at the Institute of Philosophy at the ZRC SAZU (Scientific and Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Art) in Ljubljana. She also works as a freelance media theorist, art critic and curator. She is Professor at The Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Gržinić has published hundreds of articles and essays and several books. Marina Gržinić in collaboration with Aina Šmid are involved in video from 1982. They have collaborated in more than 40 video art projects, they made a short feature 16 mm film and numerous video and media installations; independently they directed several video documentaries and television productions. Gržinić and Šmid in their 3 decades long collaborative engagement presented and exhibited their video works and video installations in more than 100 video festivals in the World and have received several major awards for their video productions. Gržinić and Šmid in their 3 decades long collaborative engagement presented and exhibited their video works and video installations in more than 100 video festivals in the World and have received several major awards for their video productions. Aina Šmid (1957) is Professor of art history and has been for a long working as editor of a design magazine in Ljubljana. At the present she is freelance writer.