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curation / film programs

Found Footage Video Program

Participant artists:
Alina Popa and Olivia Mihaltianu (RO), Andreea Carnu (RO), Lavinia German (RO), Liviu Pop (RO), Milena Putnik (SRB), Zoran Djurkovic (SRB), Maxim Kuzmenko (MD), Victor Ciobanu (MD), Ghenadie Popescu (MD), Alexandru Raevski (MD), Fiodorova Tatiana (MD), Vadim Tiganas (MD)

Curated by: Stefan Rusu

Found Footage Video Program brings to the public attention a number of films produced by the participants that shows critical engagement toward the current condition of post-soviet and post-socialist societies. The artists where especially interested in investigating the re-use of film aesthetics and digital technologies in exploring/commenting upon the gaps/ruptures/continuities between the dismantling of socialism and the current neo-liberal system. The video program presents the results of the Found Footage workshop series which was focused on in-depth exploration of the use of archival material, the aesthetics of appropriation, sampling and detournement, and the transfer of cinematic language to digital forms. The workshop series was consisted in theoretical presentations, film screenings, and assisted hands-on workshops (selection of archival sources, analogue-digital transfers and montage) and it provided an opportunity for cross-cultural exchange between artists and students from Moldova, regional artists from Balkan countries, and guest tutors/artists curators and theoreticians who have been invited to develop the workshop.

Found Footage Project (Workshop, Public Program and Exhibition) was initiated by Stefan Rusu- artist and curator (Chisinau, Moldova) in collaboration with John Davis – media artist (San Francisco) and was developed with the contribution of Joanne Richardson (Cluj, Romania – media theoretician, video artist and coordinator of D-Media and Kathrin Becker (Berlin, Germania) – art historian, curator and director of NBK Video Forum (Neuer Berliner Kunstverein).

Project partners:
D Media Association, Romania (http://www.dmedia.ro)
NBK Video Forum, Germany (http://www.nbk.org/video-f.html)

Supported by:
ECF (European Cultural Foundation), Amsterdam;
USA Embassy in Rep. of Moldova;
Fine Arts College A.Plamadeala, Chisinau;

A project produced by KSAK-Center for Contemporary Art, Chisinau (www.art.md)