PROJECTIONS: Antun Motika and the legacy of experiments

Artists: Antun Motika, Stan Brakhage, Zlatko Hajdler, Aleksandar Srnec, Juliana Borinski, Ana Hušman and Ivan Marušić Klif, Goran Petercol, Davor Sanvincenti and Silvo Šarić.

Curated by Branka Benčić and Sabina Salamon

MMSU Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka

April 7- May 5, 2017

The exhibition Projections brings together the less known and researched body of work including experiments with light by Antun Motika and works of his contemporaries from Croatia and the international scene contextualizing him with the experiment in moving images (Stan Brakhage, Zlatko Hajdler, Aleksandar Srnec) and those who point to the innovative and anticipatory potential of his lumino-experiments in the context of contemporary production (Juliana Borinski, Ana Hušman and Ivan Marušić Klif, Goran Petercol, Davor Sanvincenti and Silvo Šarić).

The first presentation of this part of Motika’s opus in Rijeka is a logical continuation of his delayed, but now certain revalorisation, being that only since the end of the first decade of the 21st century, has this part of his opus begun to be respected and considered on a par with his painting, if not even more innovative in the consideration of visual language. In order that we illustrate such a point of view, we have conceived the exhibition as being collective by incorporating analogue and digital techniques of work in regard to acoustic ambiences, light installations, photography and film. On the basis of Motika’s drawings there will be two lumino-kinetic objects exhibited, reconstructed by Filip Beusan. The exhibition Projections presents a fragmented panorama of light from projectors, bulbs and dark chambers, placing Motika on the line of the continuity of experimental practices. B. Bencic and S. Salamon

The exhibition will be accompanied by 100 page publication discussing experiments with light by Antun Motika in historical framework of media archeology and contemporary context, with texts by Branka Bencic and Sabina Salamon.