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film-video / documentaries

Invasia

Mini DV transferred to DVD,18’00’’, 2002
Camera: Vadim Hancu
Image editor: Vitalie Stelea
Directed by Stefan Rusu

The film is based on Invasia project and international camp of visual art that took place at the archeological site Shehr al Djedid. The tent camp served as a vital space for projects developed in-situ by participants that was set up according to nomad principles. The camp location was determined by the cliffs around villages Trebujeni and Butuceni, which represent a natural fortress used by nomads as a strategic element. The Shehr al Djedid settlement was established at the western frontier of the Golden Horde Empire. The project was conceived as a cultural dialogue, and artists were asked to develop and apply various forms of cooperation and art practices in their projects. The participants had the possibility to integrate into the natural environment and develop their projects in relation with local context.
Invasia was intended as a cultural dialogue project involving artists, cultural producers and theoreticians from countries affected by the nomads. Participants from Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Russia (Novosibirsk), Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Yugoslavia were invited to take part in this project, which was located in one of the historic Mongolian Tartar settlements on the territory of Moldova. The archeological site Orheiul Vechi and the Museum of Archeology in Chisinau are the two locations for the Invasion. While the ruins of the city are intended to be the site where the artists will produce site-specific works, so that later the Museum of Archeology and Ethnography will host the exhibition of completed works and video and photo documentation.

Invasia is the title of the international project launched by [KSA:K], Center for Contemporary Art, Chisinau, in collaboration with the Museum of Archeology and Ethnography of Republic of Moldova in 2001. The incursions of the Golden Horde over the Eurasia continent back in the Middle Ages, served as source of inspiration in conceiving this event. We find major geopolitical factors of the past as being relevant to the nowadays-ongoing debates around issues of cultural imperialism, globalization or the ‘westernisation’. The project’s objective was to redirect the information flow, which comes mainly from the West, to a hypothetical one from Central Asia, Siberia, Mongolia, the Far East, the intention being to reconsider the historic past in the search of a lost identity. 
A project co-funded by the Cultural Link Program, OSI Budapest, SOROS Moldova Foundation, PRO HELVETIA Reseaux Est-Ouest Under the auspices of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Project partners: Museum complex Orheiul Vechi, Ministry of Defense of Moldova, National History Museum, Museum of Archeology and Ethnography of Moldova, Ministry of Culture of Moldova.  Project publication supported by PRO HELVETIA Reseaux Est-Ouest Under the auspices of the Swiss Agency for Development and

Screenings:

(“Dreamcatcher”, International videofestival, Kiev, Ucraine, “Cronograf”, Film festival, Chisinau, Moldova, “Videomaraton” the 6-th edition of video festival, Chisinau, Moldova and “Synthetic Light” international project, Cluj, Romania.