March 21, 7 PM, Gorgona hall, Museum of Contemporary art, Zagreb
The artistic practice by Croatian artist Zaltko Kopljar regardless the medium in which it is produced – performance, photography and film/video establishes a hybrid field of complex existential positions and different media engaging the presence of the artist himself as the strategy of performance. His work questions the relations of power, as relations between the individual and the institution, body, and world.
Four film/video works gathered into the program From K series form a cross-section of the artist’s film/video production over the last 3 years.
K17 (2012) opens the program and marks the author’s return to New York, the city where in 2003 the artist produced a series of photographs as photography based performance in urban space – K9 Compassion. Meanwhile a change in the global financial landscape transforming institutions of (financial) power. New York from the K17 is a place of different circumstances, and the image of the world. K14 (2010) is located in a newly built urban environment on the periphery only partially inhabited. The new architecture represents a blank space and is mapped by a narrative about loneliness and disappearance. K15 (2012) establishes itself as a re-enactment, the transposition of the documentary material available on You Toube, which brings the famous gesture of kneeling showing Willy Brandt in Warsaw, and it is associated with a number of Kopljar’s performance gestures of kneeling as an act of an individual. The program ends with a short film, K16 (2012), where a central place is a scene of digging a hole. There is no end in sight to the digging, a hole, an abyss, the absurdity, futility, the incompleteness are main issues around which the narrative is formed and meaning of the work produced. In his works Zlatko Kopljar appears in person, dressed in white, reflective suit. Moving through space and situations, slowly, as a solitary witness, bystander, passer by.
The program will include 4 recent films by Zlatko Kopljar produced between 2010 and 2012. It is the first screening of K15, K16, K17 in Croatia.
K17, HD video, 10′ 49” (2012)
K14, HD video, 12′ 5″ (2010)
K15, HD video, 4′ 21” (2012)
K16, HD video, 10′ 42” (2012)
Zlatko Kopljar (1962) is a visual artist. He has exhibited at Sao Paulo Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka, The Kitchen – New York, etc. His work are in collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka, Museum of Modern Art Zagreb, Filip Trade collection, etc. He graduated painting in 1991 with professor Carmelo Zotti from Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Italy and currently lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia. www.kopljar.net
ARTISTS’ CINEMA is a program activity of the MSU 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. It completes the programmatic conception of the MSU are complementing 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
In recent years, Damir Očko realized an especially interesting body of work that comprises of six films: The Boy with a Magic Horn (2007), End of the World (2007), The Age of Happiness (2009), The Moon Shall Never Take My Voice (2010), We saw nothing but the uniform blue of the sky (2012), and the last one, Spring (2012).
Očko’s artistic production, which besides the film works encompasses series of visual and graphic elements, such as collages, typographic music sheets, concrete poetry, and artist’s books, is structured around film as its central place; film is conceived as a construction that gathers and generates several formal elements, so as to produce meaning, associations, and emotions. We “read” Damir Očko’s works as complex and layered orchestrations, meeting places of various narratives and texts, pointing to their multi-layered riches. Očko emphasizes that it is precisely in multi-layeredness, in structure of surgical precision, where the essence of his work is to be found. The artist often puts the viewers in the role of explorers, ready to absorb the layers of meaning, either rationally or intuitively and suggestively, as new systems of knowledge articulation.
The author’s interest in music, in sounds, in the “apparatus” of human voice and speech, and in their poetic and politic potential – these are the leading preoccupations of Damir Očko, and they are especially pronounced in the selected films. In these works, Očko elaborates complex cinematic relations, employs layered dramaturgic processes and uses them to create visually impressive works of specific kinesthetic qualities. A specific choreography of protagonists’ movements, darkness that engulfs them, their actions, their movements and the language of cinematic means of expression – all this additionally enhances the meaning that progressively reveals itself through interaction of all the elements, as the film draws us into its associative space of relations between reality and fiction.
Spring, 4k converted to HD; color, sound, 19.58 min, 2012.
We saw nothing but the Uniform blue of the sky, 4k converted to HD; bw/color, 12 min; 2012.
The Moon shall never take my Voice, HD video, color, sound; 19.16 min, 2010.
The program encompasses films that were included in Očko’s solo exhibition The Kingdom of Glottis, held from October 2012 to February 2013 in Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
Damir Očko realized the following solo exhibitions: The Kingdom of Glottis, Palais de Tokyo (2012), The Body Score, Yvon Lambert, Paris (2013), On Ulterior Scale, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf (2011) and MMC Luka, Pula (2012); he also had solo shows in Tiziana di Caro Gallery (Salerno), Kunstverein Leipzig, Kunsthalle München. He participated in collective exhibitions in the MSU Zagreb; Villa Romana, Florence; Kunsthalle Wien; HIAP Helsinki, and in festivals: Videoformes Clermont Ferrand, 25FPS, Zagreb; Videobrasil; and in residences (Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin; Academie Schllos Solitude, KulturKontakt, Vienna.)
ARTISTS’ CINEMA is a program activity of the MSU that begun 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 will present recent film/video works outside the context of social production of entertainment and spectacle. It will complete the programmatic conception of the MSU and complement the presentation of this hybrid form. We 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 pictures.
Project Manager: Tihomir Milovac
Curator: Branka Benčić
Various studies of movements, situations, and body states in motion through the skate culture and street subculture, using slow motion, meditative scenes, and temporal counterpoints – these are the central features of Shaun Gladwell’s videos. In his works, movements that originated in sports often appear choreographed. The program opens with the Storm Sequence video, with which Gladwell “exploded” on the art scene. It shows a slow motion of a skateboard performance during a storm on a sea shore; motion appears to dissolve in time. It was among the most visible works in the 2007 Venice Biennial, within the central exhibition by Robert Storr. It is followed by Tangara, another scene of a body “in weightlessness”; Apologies, the half-hour series with which Gladwell represented Australia in the 2009 Venice Biennial, will conclude the program. In the Australian Pavilion, he showed this series of videos and installations, based on the specific Australian landscape, its mythology, and Mad Max as an icon of Australian cinema and popular culture. The selection also includes several new works, Pacific Undertow and Midnight Traceur, as well as a video that was recorded in Afghanistan. The selected works are assembled in two groups, presenting two characteristic categories of space – urban spaces, and desert. The scenes often show the protagonist (usually the artist himself) isolated and lost in a landscape.
Shaun Gladwell is one of the most promising Australian artists of younger generation. His main medium is video. He graduated from Sydney University’s Sydney College of the Arts, and graduated with a Masters degree from the University of New South Wales’ College of Fine Arts, and from Goldsmiths in London. At the 53rdVenice Biennale in 2009, he represented Australia. His works were shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Sydney, in Istanbul, at festivals such as Experimenta (Bangkok) and Videobrasil (Sao Paolo). Last year, the ACMI (Australian Center for the Moving Image) in Melbourne organized his big monographic exhibition. He is currently based in London.
The artist will be present at the projection, and take part in the conversation afterwards. Shaun Gladwell will talk about the art of moving pictures and their showing in the gallery and cinema context, as well as about his recent work in film direction.
Storm Sequence, 2000 (8 min)
Tangara, 2003 (segment, 3 min)
Afghanistan, (8 min)
Pacific Undertow Sequence, 2010 (segment, 3 min)
Midnight traceur(segment, 5 min)
Interceptor Surf Sequence(segment, single-channel, 4 min)
Apologies, 1-6 (27 min)
ARTISTS’ CINEMA is a new program activity of the MSU, 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 will present recent film/video works outside the context of social production of entertainment and spectacle. It will complete the programmatic conception of the MSU and complement the presentation of this hybrid form. We 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 pictures.
Project manager: Tihomir Milovac
Curator: Branka Benčić