VideoIn progress 5
In 2014 the Video in Progress festival has joined with the Photonic Moments – Month of Photography festival.
Video in Progress 5: Reflections of the Past brings forth a variety of contemporary international video art addressing the issues of past times and memories. In this edition we took up the research of time and transitoriness. As selectors we were interested in how the common historical narratives intertwines with personal memories and how they both affect our identity and our sense of being in the world. At a time of multimedia culture, saturated with numerous events and information quickly sliding into oblivion, memories become fragile and evasive. Because of that there is a need to constantly interpret or reinterpret past events in order to make sense out of our present society and our actions as individuals.
In the previous edition of the festival we explored the topic of pain from a personal perspective and we thought it was important to expand our research on the presence of pain in everyday life to include a wider socio-political context marked by turbulent historical events of the past century leading up to the present moment. The selected videos each address pain from a particular historical moment in a specific way.
The main festival selection Appropriating History deals with traumatic events from the territory of ex-Yugoslavia. The selected works take a different approach to the interpretation of past wars and their impact upon our identities. Through the legacy of a country that no longer exists they reveal how the ideological and economical shift from communism to capitalism shaped the perception of reality of life today.
The festival’s Artist in Focus is Slovenian video-maker Anja Medved, a persistent researcher of local historical memory for many years. Through the personal stories of people living on both sides of the state border she explores the complexities of border identities and the constructs of national histories.
In Guest selections we present two international programmes. The first programme is a unique experiment by the Italian festival Magmart | video under volcano, entitled 100×100=900 (100 video artists to tell a century). Various video artists, from all continents, were invited to produce a video inspired by one year from the 20th century in an attempt to make a dense, visual interpretation of the historical period.
The second programme is the result of a new collaboration with French publishing house Lowave. They prepared a selection entitled The African Time Machine especially for this festival which brings together diverse works by video artists from Africa and African diaspora conceiving a possible future for the continent by looking at its past and present. This program is a rare and precious opportunity to encounter contemporary African art in this region.
In the Student Productions section we host the School of Arts from the University of Nova Gorica. The selection entitled Urban Storiesreveals how the younger generation sets out recording memories and comprehending the urban space.
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