Changer d’image

Changer d’image

ERSTE Foundation

Chto delat?, Partisan Songspiel, 2009. Photograph. © Chto delat?

April 19, 2013

Changer d’image (To Alter the Image): a series of performative events
April 26, 2013, 7pm

Further dates: September 25; October 2, 16 and 23

mumok kino
Museumsplatz 1,
A-1070 Vienna, Austria

Live performances by Chto delat? and Ruti Sela 
Followed by a discussion with the curators and artists

On the occasion of tranzit‘s tenth anniversary, tranzit and ERSTE Foundation announce a series of performative events with the title Changer d’image, which will take place in April and in the fall this year, in partnership with mumok kino.

Ten international film and video makers, artists or artist groups are invited to reflect on the process of film-making in the form of a live event. The live performances will be presented in the framework of five evenings, each one followed by a week of screenings in the mumok kino, of films suggested by the participating artists.

Invited artists and film-makers:
Fikret Atay; Johanna Billing; Igor and Ivan Buharov; Pavlina Fichta Čierna; Vit Klusak and Filip Remunda; Ruti Sela; Chto delat?; The Bureau of Melodramatic Research + The Presidential Candidate; Wendelien van Oldenborgh; We Should Have Never Left (Uganda): Rasha Salti and Sam Shalabi.

The first evening of the series will take place on April 26and will start with two live performances: Chto delat? (St. Petersburg) will present their concept for a film, which is seeking new forms of contemporary urban fables, re-reading La Fontaine in a post-Brechtian age. Video artist Ruti Sela (Tel Aviv) proposes a live intervention on stage, experimenting with different processes of moralising movement, participation and uncontrolled engagement.

Chto delat? (What is to be done?) is a group of authors, critics, artists and philosophers that was founded in St. Petersburg in 2003. Exhibitions (selection): Das Lehrstück vom Uneinverständnis, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, (2011); Perestroika: Twenty Years After: 2011–1991, Kunstverein Köln, Cologne (2011); Istanbul Biennial (2009).

Ruti Sela lives in Tel Aviv. Exhibitions (selection): Moments. A History of Performances in 10 Acts, ZKM, Karlsruhe (2012); Manifesta 8, Murcia (2010); Rare Medium, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2008).

Changer d’image was conceived by Vít Havránek, Dóra Hegyi, Georg Schöllhammer, and Raluca Voinea for the tenth anniversary of the tranzit initiative.

Changer d’image (To Alter the Image) takes up the title of a short film by Jean-Luc Godard. Godard was commissioned to make a film about the subject of the political change in French politics in 1981 when the left (Francois Mitterrand) won the presidential elections. His film is a textual reflection performed by himself in front of a blind frame that later became animated by the chain of images that “resist to change.” It is a personal confession on the capacity or un-capacity of changing image to reflect a factual political change.

In the sense of Godard’s reflective approach, tranzit curators invited a group of artists to develop a public presentation of a scenario for a new video or film. The presentation can be considered an open reflection in front of a blind frame, frozen or moving image; it can also be a concrete proposal for a next film to be realized, but also as an opportunity to think about the potentials of leaving a film as a draft.

tranzit is a network of initiatives in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. Launched in 2002, the network has a polycentric structure: local tranzits operate independently from each other as non-profit associations to promote and produce contemporary art and theory, and play a transmitting role in presenting these to specific audiences in each country, as well as to the general public. tranzit operates as a collective of these autonomous local units, cooperating across various borders—between nations, languages, media, mentalities and histories.

ERSTE Foundation
In 2003, ERSTE Foundation evolved out of the Erste Oesterreichische Spar-Casse, the first Austrian savings bank. Currently, ERSTE Foundation is the main shareholder of Erste Group. The foundation invests part of its dividends in the development of societies in Austria and Central and South Eastern Europe. It supports social participation and civil-society engagement; it aims to bring people together and disseminate knowledge of the recent history of a region that has been undergoing dramatic changes since 1989. As an active foundation, it develops its own projects within the framework of three programs: Social Development, Culture and Europe.

ERSTE Foundation, tranzit, and mumok present Changer d’image
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