Motovun video meeting 1976
July 19th – August 14th
Multimedia Centre LUKA
Opening: July 19th, at 20.00 h
Curated by Branka Benčić
The project Cinemanic / Think Film, established in 2002 as a sidebar program of the Pula Film Festival, is a long-term interdisciplinary research platform questioning the connection between film, moving images and contemporary art. It presents recent Croatian and international production of art films / videos, experimental films and multimedia installations as well as the audiovisual heritage.
This year’s Cinemaniac introduces a research and exhibition project that brings into the spotlight the anthological Motovun Video Encounter, an international video workshop gathering Croatian and Italian artists that took place in Motovun in 1976 as part of the years-long project entitled Motovun Encounters.
The 14th edition of Cinemaniac is built on the basis of previous experiences and research into experimental film practices and the audiovisual heritage, first of all as a research continuity launched with the project The Invisible MAFAF. It establishes the continuity of the research into historical narratives about the beginnings of video art in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia as a contemporary art practice, as well as mapping the development of the new media art in the 1970s.
In the 1970s, the video becomes the dominant moving images medium and the new media – photography, film and video – come onto the art scene. The Motovun encounters demonstrate the potentials of video art and transnational networks as a possibility for the new generation of artists and curators. In this context, the 1976 video workshop in Motovun, dedicated to identity, plays the key role.
Through photographs, documents and video works, the exhibition will remind us of a Motovun encounter. It will gather participants and question the impact, position and importance of the project, as well as individual works.
Croatian and Italian artists participated in the 1976 Motovun encounter: Sanja Iveković, Dalibor Martinis, Goran Trbuljak, Claudio Ambrosini, Michele Sambin, Luigi Viola, Živa Kraus, Zdravko Milić, some of them completing their anthological works.