A Czech documentary Viva Video, Video Viva will be screened as a part of a special program focusing on Czech video art on the anniversary 20th Seoul International ALT Cinema & Media Festival (NEMAF). A film by Adéla Komrzý introduces the beginning of video art in Czechoslovakia at the end of 1980s. The main plot describes an effort to reconstruct the exhibition Video Day, which took place on July 1, 1989 as a part of the Applied Arts Salon organized by the Association of Czech Visual Artists and the Czech Fund of Fine Art in the Julius Fučík Park of Culture and Recreation in Prague. The director searching for forgotten art works introduces the first Czech video artists, the period and conditions, which a new genre of art arose in. Alongside she compares the possibilities of the artists who stayed behind the Iron Curtain and those who emigrated and worked abroad as Petr Vrana or Woody and Steina Vasulka. The film will be screened on-line on the Korean platform www.wavve.com from August 20 to August 28, 2020. This program, which introduces a more comprehensive presentation of Czech video art for the first time in Korea, is organized in cooperation with the Czech Centre Seoul and Národní filmový archiv, Prague on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between the Czech Republic and the Republic of Korea.
Viva Video, Video Viva
Adéla Komrzý / 2018 / Czech Republic / 85 min. / Documentary
Today, analogue video is attractive primarily thanks to the distinctive aesthetic quality of its pixelated image and raster errors. But for Czech artists who first explored the possibilities offered by video art in the late 1980s, this medium represented a path towards freedom. Through a portrait of her grandfather Radek Pilař, one of the pioneers of Czech video art, the director explores her own legacy of imperative creative fascination. Her film’s main story, the process of reconstructing the 1989 exhibition Video Day, contrasts this enchantment with life in the final days of the totalitarian regime, which different sharply with the adventures of those who decided to emigrate – whom the filmmaker also visits in order to discover forgotten works, get to know their creators, and re-establish broken ties.“ ’The computers, which are here with me, quietly tell me they want me to understand them, to live with them. Because we will live with them. But either they’re devils, or they will be gods.’ Radek Pilař.” A. Komrzý (Ji.hlava IDFF)
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