EXERCISES IN IMAGINATION
curated by Margarethe Makovec and Anton Lederer
Everything that can be thought of runs the chance of getting realized sometime. This is a beautiful phrase that puts the human mental power centre stage and emphasizes the value of opening up new worlds of imagination. We all know this from stories we have been told by our grandparents: „In the olden days, when I was a child, aviators were mythical beings.” Yet, we have to disregard all the ever-growing horrible fantasies, for otherwise it would be much more difficult to think along the lines of the opening sentence: everything that can be thought of can come true!
Kunst- Fu "Exercises of the Masters", 2002
Gentian Shkurti "Alice in Wonderland", 1999
Rainer Ganahl "Bicycling Tirana", 2003 (4 min)
“The bicycle is not only my unique vehicle of transportation but also my urban eyeglass - some extension of my visual and acoustic organs. As such it is a real social urban interface. When working with my dreams over an 8 months period I realized with surprise that I was dreaming constantly of my bicycle in relationship to the apprehension of my world. I'm a bicycle rider since early childhood. My first birthday present I remember was a bicycle. I have never stayed in a place for long without a bicycle, including in Tokyo where I was harassed daily by the police for riding a bicycle. (I was considered a bicycle thief).“
Rainer Ganahl, born 1961 in Bludenz, Austria, lives in New York, USA.
Ivan Moudov "Traffic Control", 2001 (6 min)
The artist himself, dressed in the uniform of a Bulgarian police officer, directed traffic flow in the middle of an intersection in the provincial and peaceful city of Graz -- ignoring the traffic lights, which he could not see from his position -- before eventually being stopped by the Graz city police. Gesturing and whistling wildly but authoritatively, Moudov could count on Austrians' respect for the law, even if his uniform bore the Cyrillic inscription "Policija," unreadable to them.
Ivan Moudov, born 1975 in Sofia, lives in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Corinna Schnitt "Zwischen vier und sechs", 1997/8 (6:04 min)
On Sunday, the only family day in the week, father, mother and daughter set out to spend two hours cleaning the traffic signs in the surrounding streets – quite professionally with a ladder, buckets, map and cleaning plan, as the voice-over explains. Yet behind this story there is a tragedy: about the loneliness of the big city, about being alone and the importance of the family. (Andrea Dittgen)
Corinna Schnitt, born 1964 Duisburg, Germany, lives in Köln, Germany.
Gentian Shkurti "Alice in Wonderland", 1999, (3:40 min)
“As Alice says: In my world everything would be absurd. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn´t. What it is it wouldn´t be and what it wouldn´t be, it would.” “Alice in Wonderland” is a cutting of Walt Disney`s cartoon movie “Alice in Wonderland” and the TV broadcasting of Chaos in Albania during the year 1997. “I built this video like a dialogue of Alice and Wonderland´s door. Alice wants to enter to Wonderland (in this case not the well known one but Albania), where people got guns and shoot in the air wearing masks.”
Gentian Shkurti, born 1977 in Mamurras, Albania, lives in Tirana, Albania.
Janos Sugar "The Typewriter of the Illiterate", 2001 (7:21)
János Sugár’s digital video The Typewriter of the Illiterate is formally a traditional photo-animation in which a world-renowned Soviet Russian product – the Kalashnikov machine gun – takes on an almost iconic role. The work’s innovation, and the source of its power (beyond the title itself) lies in the metamorphosis the artist works on the enormous store of images, whose central element is the aforementioned weapon. This is the visual constant, while its players move through space and time.
János Sugár, born 1958 in Budapest, lives and works in Budapest, Hungary.
Blue Noses "25 short performances about globalization", 2003 (10:05 min)
Using the formal language of slapstick, which is put into action in front of the camera with a minimum of means as well as spontaneous gestures, the Blue noses Group has developed genuine mastery in the production of short video sequences, which are, for the most part, laid out as performances of this artist collective.
The Blue Noses Group, founded 1999 in Siberia, Russia. Viacheslav Mizin, born 1962 in Novosibirsk, Russia; Alexander Shaburov, born 1965 in Berezovsky, Russia.
Erzen Shkololli "White", 2005 (10 min)
In the video White, Erzen Shkololli portraits an elderly lady from his hometown Peje. Over more than ten years he observed the profound change of her public appearance - in the beginning the lady started to wear white clothes and over the years she became more and more “white” – completely covering her body in white clothes. Parallel to the change of her public appearance, she felt more and more excluded from the society. Highly perceptively, Erzen Shkololli approaches her very personal stories and experiences.
Erzen Shkololli, born 1976 in Peje, lives in Peje Kosovo.
Kunst-Fu "Exercises of the Masters", 2002 (9 min)
The video is a collection of five individual clips, in which the members of Kunst- Fu ironically work on their mastership and perfection in different categories. In one sequence the "masters" are occupied with polishing a globe by using all different types of cleaning equipment.
This Kunst-Fu video is a collaboration between Erik Binder, born 1974 in Hnusta-Likier, Slovakia and Palo Cejka, born 1973 in Bratislava. Both live in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Enes Zlatar "Thailand", 2001 (9:40 min)
Thailand is a fake documentary, made like an hommage to a famous TV journalist from the communist times, who took the travel money, per diem and hotel money to go to China and make a reportage about The Great Chinese Wall. He never went there, but instead he made the reportage about the Great Wall in front of some wall in Sarajevo, saying that he was standing in front of The Great Chinese Wall.
Enes Zlatar, born 1970 in Sarajevo, lives in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Sejla Kameric "Imagine", 2004 (2 min)
"Imagine, they dig trough the garbage.
Some people dig trough the garbage.
Imagine, trough my garbage.
Can you imagine that?"
Šejla Kamerić, born 1976 in Sarajevo, lives in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Zbynek Baldran "Limit", 2002 (6:14 min)
The video Limit is a multilayered work that doesn’t allow for a simple and unambiguous interpretation. Whenever you think you know and understand, the next scene shifts meaning into a different direction. Is it about ecology? Or an existentialist escape? A marking of the living space?
Zbyněk Baladrán, born 1973 in Prague, lives in Prague, Czech Republic.
Jakup Ferri "Don’t tell it to anybody (12 min)
(Usti nad Labem, Zagreb, Istanbul, Iasi, Graz, Sofia, Holon, Novi Sad, 2005)
“A closed space can be a good space for the accumulation of energy. After a few days of counting the number of grains in one kilo of rise as a performance inside the four walls of a room, I accumulate new energy in myself, perhaps after this process/ritual (of counting) I will be that who I dream of becoming.”
Jakup Ferri, born 1981 in Prishtina, lives in Prishtina, Kosovo.