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DOCUART: Documentary Camera in the Hands of Visual Artists

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More than a hundred years after the birth of the film strip, there is no doubt that the film camera can speak in different ways. The history of film and documentary is interlaced with the turning points of the rises and falls of new technological and creative processes. However, within this unceasing transformation, is it possible to track down the characteristic features of periods and films when visual artists have grabbed the film camera?


More than a hundred years after the birth of the film strip, there is no doubt that the film camera can speak in different ways. The history of film and documentary is interlaced with the turning points of the rises and falls of new technological and creative processes. However, within this unceasing transformation, is it possible to track down the characteristic features of periods and films when visual artists have grabbed the film camera? What can visual artists render in a better or different way by means of film rather than by means of visual language? In the week from November 18 to November 24, you can watch 8 documentary films made by leading Czech and Slovak artists at DAFilms.com for free!

The films represent the documentary works by contemporary art groups as well as individuals, men and women, authors inclined towards the conceptual, media and social traditions of artistic expression. Some of the films capture the viewers right away by their content and narrative form within the genre of classic documentary film. Others, on the contrary, challenge the viewers to reflect on the contemporary forms of documentary film, shifting its borders beyond the cinematic space by means of experimentation and narrative shortcut. Rafani and Ztohoven art groups introduce their feature length debuts. The travelogue by multimedia artist Federico Díaz and the short family play by renowned Czech artist Kateřina Šedá represent rather unexpected excursions into the film medium. Films by Adéla Babanová and Daniel Pitín represent an art field with a rather blurred division line between video art and film project. Themes accentuating social issues are discussed by the politically engaged art of Vladimír Turnerand Tomáš Rafa.

Discover the world of contemporary visual arts from the documentary perspective from November 18 to 24 at DAFilms.com for free!


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Films for the event

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31 Endings/31 Beginnings

31 konců/31 začátků (Orig.) / 2011 / Czech Republic / 82 min

The film 31 Endings/31 Beginnings is a film debut of the Rafani art collective. The outline of the work consists of mapping of Prague's mostly “underground” culture...

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Citizen K.

Občan K. (Orig.) / 2012 / Czech Republic / 71 min

In an era obsessed with identification, the art group Ztohoven undertook an experiment in order to see how much could be done with your own and with a borrowed identity.

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Sandstorm

Sandstorm (Orig.) / Czech Republic / 2 min

In the video Sandstorm, a Bauhaus building from Dessau, Germany, is set down in the middle of a North-African desert storm. Similarly, collage works present tribal natives embedded in classical European interiors. The presence of indigenous art forms in an empty ‘collectable’ villa, built on the contours of modernism, creates a counter point for cultural assimilation.

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White-black Film

White-black Film (Orig.) / 2013 / Czech Republic / 28 min

Alana Victoria Hunt is a curator in Aboriginal community art center. White employees work with Aboriginal artists who tell the history of the Aboriginal nation Giya through art. Their works are painted with natural paints extracted from the soil.

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Blossoms of Fertilization

Květy oplodnění (Orig.) / 2013 / Czech Republic / 2 min

The video Blossoms of Fertilization represents a map for the orientation in the chaos of thoughts. It is a fragment of a diary filmed on my cell phone while travelling.

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FLOW

FLOW (Orig.) / 2010 / Czech Republic / 11 min

Vladimír Turner’s video balances on the line between abstract and concrete depiction, or rather blends the two. The whole film consists of a single time-lapse scene flowing through time and landscape. In the final part of the video, the images very much remind of the inkblots of the Rorschach test.

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