QUIET ODD #12 _ Musings
Alejandro Cesarco & Călin Man / reVoltaire
with an introduction by n.b.k. Video Forum curator Silke Wittig
In 2017, ODD makes its first attempt at a fully curated program. Exhibitions and performances, work groups and public debates – all gather under the banner of privacy, a term we set out to understand and re-signify. Alongside an annual program of residencies and exhibitions, the long-term series QUIET ODD continues in 2017. It is produced in partnership with Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) and the Czech Centre in Bucharest, featuring a monthly selection of Romanian and international artist films relevant for our subject matter.
Founded in 1971 as an artists and cultural producers initiative, the Video-Forum of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein with over 1,600 works of video art is the oldest and one of the biggest collection of video art in Germany that has constantly been expanding since its founding. The focal points of the collection are Fluxus, feminist video, historical and contemporary video art of Berlin, as well as approaches reflecting on the media. Key works dating back to the early phase of video art are represented on an equal footing with contemporary productions. In addition, over the last few years, a particular emphasis on art from Eastern Europe has developed.
The first video that will be screened at QUIET ODD is Alejandro Cesarco’s Musings (2013, 15:35), which was co-produced by the n.b.k. Video-Forum. The work retells a series of anecdotes regarding premonitions, fate, dreams, and other types of messages that are the generative source for creative work. The selected stories also have in common that the resulting creative works have very much to do with death and mortality. Musings proposes to triangulate the ideas of inspiration, influence and inheritance.
Alongside it, the Romanian artist whose work we present is Călin Man aka reVoltaire, member of the well-know moving image group Kinema Ikon in Arad. His film 5 ready media files by Vasile Cârlova (2012, 11:27) is part of a project initiated by Ion Dumitrescu and Ștefan Tiron, based on unused soundtrack by Rodion and rare footage from various family, city and group scenes by reVoltaire and Zsiga Ioan, dedicated to the fabulous poet Vasile Cârlova.
Curator Silke Wittig will introduce the session and present her selection for this year’s program.