BRDO 1976 – 2016

Research and exhibition about the 1976 international artists meeting in Brdo (Istria)  are organized in the framework of 56. Annale in Poreč.

August 11 – September 10, 2016.

Curated by Branka Bencic, Ursula Krinzinger, Jerica Ziherl

“Brdo tape” produced by Krinzinger gallery includes works by artists from Austria and Yugoslavia (Gottfried Bechtold, Mladen Stilinović, Goran Trbuljak, Boris Demur, Raša Todosijević, Neša Paripović, Slobodan Šijan)

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Cinemaniac >Think Film 2016

Jasmina Cibic
Assaf Gruber

10 07 – 16 07 2016

Opening: July 10th at 20:00 h

Curated by: Branka Benčić

This year’s Forum is a constelation of independent presentations and it brings us two art postions: Jasmina Cibic and Assaf Gruber. On the exampe of their recent films, similarly to undertaking a “detailed reading”, we will analyse different art positions and practices of working with moving images and we will examine “new narratives”, opened up by different forms of working with film or video, where boundaries and possibilities of representation, language, image, space for political speech, models of production, distribution and presentation are contested. Films made by artists are placed in the space in between, as a form of a critical form and practice that brings forth many questions: from the institutions such as galleries, museums and cinemas, visual art, cinema.

Films and videos by Jasmina Cibic are constructed around the idea of architecture and discourse that she produces. The artist centres her exploration around the manners in which architecture can become an embodiment of national ideologies, identities and power representations. Her creative work is linked to a place and a context. It is performative and it uses a wide array of mediums and stage techniques in order to redefine and reconsider the exitsing envi ronment and its policy. The film Tear Down and Rebuild (2015), shot inside the Palace of the Federation in Belgrade, centres around four female speakers. Each woman embodies a certain ideological position as a variation of the Mother State (nation builder, pragmatist, conservationist, and artist-architect). The films Tear Down and Rebuild and The Nation Loves It are part of the Spielraum trilogy. Jasmina Cibic is an internationally acclaimed artist born in Ljubljana. She lives and works in London.

THe-RIGHT-1Assaf Gruber’s film The Right is a part of the complex project The Anonymity of the Night which centres around the questions about the manner in which political ideologies of subjects are intertwined with individual, personal stories and about the way in which they form social relations within private and public spheres. The Right puts art and its institutions in the spotlight. The short length film, structured as a monodrama, is developed around a letter by a retired security guard at the Old Masters Picture Gallery in Dresdner to the director of the Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz. The retired museum security guard is a 73-year-old woman who expresses her attitudes toward art and ideology in a letter by which she applies to volunteer in a Polish museum, an institution with a relevant collection of modern and contemporary art. Assaf Gruber (1980, Jerusalem) lives and works in Berlin.

Cinemaniac > Think Film, established in 2002 as a side programme of the Pula Film Festival, is a long-term research platform questioning the connection between film, moving images and contemporary art. The project provides a systematic exploration of tools and media considerations in terms of contemporary art and curatorial practices, working with moving images, images from the cinema projector, their interrelations and manners of their exploration, contextualization, presentation and reception.

Cinemaniac > Think Film is organized by Apoteka I Space for Contemporary Art


Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb / Gorgona Hall, 7PM
A screening program of recent film production by Jasmina Cibic. Curated by Branka Benčić.

The program brings together several works by Jasmina Cibic shaped around the idea of architecture and discourses it produces. Architecture as a performative gesture understood as text and context. Its central focus is an inquiry into the ways in which architecture can become the incarnation of national ideologies. Architecture plays a significant role, becoming an important protagonist, acting not just as a décor or setting, but cast as a subjective relation – as a fictional character.

The program gathers recent film production by Jasmina Cibic between 2013 and 2015, from the works exhibited at the Slovenian pavilion at the Venice biennale (2013), followed by her recent trilogy Spielraum (2015) to her latest productionThe Pavillion (2015).


Tear Down and rebuild (2015), 15.30 min /The Nation loves it (2015), 15.45 min / The Double Game (2014), 2.37 min /Framing the Space (2013), 10.45 min /The Pavilion (2015), 6.45 min / Total running time: 52 min


May 23, 8.30PM / Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb

Artists Cinema presents three films by American artist Gordon Matta-Clark (1943 – 1978): Conical Intersect (1975), Splitting (1974) and Bingo Ninths (1974) – a key to understanding the artist’s practice of “building cuts”, sculptural transformation of abandoned buildings, articulated as “anarchitecture”” and “non-u-ments.” Film works by Gordon Matta-Clark are in dialogue with urban planning and development, public art, its transformative potential and critical and social role. Term anarchitecture coined by Matta-Clark, a combination of architecture and anarchy, refers to “a mental battle with the discourse of architecture,” a radical act of destruction / deconstruction of architectural structure.

Three films approach the issues of deconstruction and intervening in buildings scheduled for demolition. Splitting is the first “cutting” while Conical Intersect represent a documentation of a cutting performed for the Paris Biennale in 1975, in the urban fabric of Paris, near the constriction site of Centre Georges Pompidou, while the process of work is inspired by “expanded cinema”, one of the first abstract film installation with projector – Line Describing a Cone by Anthony McCall.

On this occasion Artists’ Cinema becomes a cinematic installation which exposes the film apparatus (screen and projector),while films by Gordon Matta-Clark engage into dialogue with the building of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Conical intersect, 1975 / 16 mm / 19′ 00
Splitting + Bingo ninths, 1974 / 16 mm / 24′ 00

ARTISTS’ CINEMA is a program activity of the Museum of Contemporary Art established in 2012, aimed at introducing contemporary artists and their cinematic works, created at the meeting point of contemporary art and cinema, of film and visual arts. The program presents recent film/video works outside the context of production of entertainment and spectacle as well as historical perspectives and developments. It completes the programmatic conception of the Museum and complement the presentation of this hybrid form. It will intensify the dialog and exchange on the cultural scene of the city, connecting artists, curators, and critics with the public; in this way we will contribute to an active internationalization of the art scene engaged in the media of moving images.

Project Manager: Tihomir Milovac / Curator: Branka Benčić