In Praise of Dreams. Video-art from the 90s (2019)

Curator: Lawinia Rate
SCCA-Ljubljana, 2019
Duration: 75’
Premiere: Project Room SCCA, Ljubljana (29. 5. 2019)

Trying to decrypt the meanings of the seen, trying to build a map of it, one could fail very quickly. The trails that loom in the presented video-works may be erroneous. Michel Serres writes that anyone who wants to create a map must be ready to wander, more, s/he must be ready to stray—over time the activity of straying will become much more important, a more valuable activity than reaching the goal of final meanings. In addition, wandering, moving, continuous repositioning of oneself allows, as Serres wants, the discovery of the world as a network, as an ongoing processuality that has no stable and definitive form. It is the very stray that gives the opportunity to discover the world as a space of ambiguous references, multidimensional interference of perspectives, thoughts, situations and desires. Rambling, actively looking, are more important than grasping the ultimate meaning.

Video-spaces with their exquisite compositional and stylistic implications harbour the magic of particular strands and intersections, which are only possible within the specific constellation of the works shown. Their narratives are characterized by manifold temporalities and heterogeneous spatialities. Someone may say that it is just an artistic or even an artificial fiction. Just a fiction? So every fact ends where the camera frame starts then? Or rather, will the desires in those fictions be saturated in a very real way? Those images contain daydreams, which do not want to be interpreted, they want to live on. (Lawinia Rate)

Zemira Alajbegović, Tereza, 4’ 26’’
FV Video / ŠKUC – Forum, 1983
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Zemira Alajbegović, Tereza

Ana Nuša Dragan, Survey (Anketa), 14’
TV Skopje, 1990
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Ana Nuša Dragan, Anketa

Nataša Prosenc Stearns, Tango for Fish (Tango za ribe), 4’ 21’’
Youth Program TV Slovenia, 1992
Nataša Prosenc,Tango za ribe

Nataša Prosenc Stearns, The Man of Concrete (Betonski človek), 15’ 29’’
TV Slovenia, 1995
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Nataša Prosenc Stearns, Betonski človek

Ema Kugler, The Visitor (Obiskovalec), 26’ 41’’
V.S. Video / Forum Ljubljana, VPK & Viba film, 1995
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Ema Kugler, Obiskovalec

Zemira Alajbegović, Quick/Slow (Hitro/počasi), 11’ 47’’
Zavod ZANK / coproduction RTV Slovenia, 2004
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Zemira Alajbegović, Hitro počasi

Lawinia Rate is Berlin-based art historian, critic, author and curator. In May 2019 she was hosted by SCCA-Ljubljana researching its DIVA Station video archive. Her stay in Ljubljana was a part of the research entitled Materialities of Divergence. Filmic Experiments and Feminist Movements in Europe Since the 90s (working title). The aim of her research is to examine the role that experimental film/video has been playing in feminist movements since the 90s. Within the research she has prepared new curated video programme. The residency was supported by JSKD – Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities.