Projections: Korcula Fragments

KORCULA FRAGMENTS

I PART

August 20 and 22, 2010

Projections

KORCULA FRAGMENTS

August 20, 2010., 9 – 11 pm

Location: City of Korcula, Square in front of St.Peter’s church

Sound Installations

Walls, speak out!

August 20 and 22, 2010., 8 – 11 pm

Location: City of Korcula, Duke’s passage and Depolo St

Author: Manja Ristić

Manja Ristic (elektronics, violine, voice), Marko Jevtic (acoustic guitar with effects), Igor Stangliczky (electronics), Srdjan Markovic (piano), Ivana Grahovac (chello, voice), Rastko Lazic (electronics), Boris Petrovic (electronics)

II PART

August 30 and 31, 2010.

Film Installation in Public Space

Mihovil Pansini: Toilet

August 30 and 31, 2010. 9 – 11 pm

Location: Fosa St (in front of summer cinema)

KORCULA FRAGMENTS are part of the project Cybercinematography. It is a kind of jubilee: this performance is namely fifth in a string. In all cities before Korcula (Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Belgrade, and the project was also promoted in Buenos Airesu, Dresden and Prague) we have followed the same principle (the upshot was always different and special, though) – in search for lost urban moments, we have been bringing into being of new light old film shots of the cities, trying to see how a particular city used to breathe throughout the XX.Ct, the century that was marked by cinema as by sort of a cultural interface* that recreated mental images of our world. This distilled cinematic imaginarium was projected back to the city which once was the focus, and during the cybercinematic performance the City would face its simulacra, because projections would be temporarily inscribed on its ‘skin’ – walls, pavements and canvases… This year, we are dividing this idiosyncratic experiment in which urbanology meets filmology in fragments, because we are talking (and showing) about a very special city – City of Korcula, one of the most beautiful renaissance cities in the world.

In the first part of Korcula cybercinema, multimedia artist Manja Ristic is bringing walls of the city back to life through acoustic installations (more from the author herself in the continuance).We are also projecting Korcula fragments from private archive of family Filippi.

In the second part, our Korcula film and urbanologic experiment is being minimalized, in order to enact (expanded human) eye of a camera as a light-beam of cinematic projection (visible dream, vibrating thought, shadows from Platon’s cave). Here our research is meeting the research of one of the most important Croatian creators of cinema, initiator of the famous GEFF film festival – Mihovil Pansini from Korcula. Mr Pansini generously authorized the screening of his film Toilet on the same spot where it was filmed in 1963. 47 years after the act of cinematic observation, we are having the opportunity to re-enact that cinematographic act. Through the magic of the light-beam, simulacra of the precedent content temporarily will play itself on its source, while showing the particle of the Korcula urban tissue and a fragment of one human destiny.

Sonja Lebos, UIII

* The concept of cinema as a cultural interface was borrowed from Lev Manovich.

Source: www.manovich.net

Two sound installations – author’s note

By incorporating two different sound installations on two locations within the nucleus of the City of Korcula, I would like to pinpoint two important elements of cultural heritage which are directly linked to cognition of the being of collective memory – contemporary poetry and intellectual evolution.

The first installation contains artistic performance of the texts of the local poets (Momcilo Popadic, Srdjan Duhovic, Darinka Krstulovic, Duska Crmaric-Salecic, Ive Mirosevic, Manja Ristic) integrated with contemporary electro-acoustic expression. This installation aims at gaining personal spaces of attracted audience, above all by inciting associative impressions connected to inhabiting Korcula. Through this action we enable each listener to individually systematize his or her own historical relations between subjective past and present moment of the place where s/he stands and therefore to become author of the individualized historicity of the place, resisting in that way to overwhelming commercialization of semantic codes which dominate our cities. By inscribing personal codes into the body of collective memory, spontaneously we create space for playful dreams of Korcula’s permanent and temporary citizens.

The second installation represents implementation of theoretical thought into artistic expression and it is based on one text-lecture which was delivered in the frame of globally famous Korcula Summer School, which, in its progressive mode, was the unique occurrence in philosophical practice of the XX.Ct. Text Culture as the bridge between Utopia and Reality (Zagorka Pesic-Golubovic, Belgrade), is part of the intellectual wealth that should not be forgotten under any circumstances. With this reminiscence we would like to open an encyclopedia of social sciences that has the sway to create a better world. This theoretical Ali-Baba’s cave, full of gems of cultural, social and political evolution certainly represents the recent past of Korcula, and we cannot miss it in this process of re-activating retrodynamics of the City of Korcula.

Manja Ristic

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