It is Hard to Touch the Real - Documentaries by Visual Artists


6.30 p.m.
Images of Processing Cultural Identification
A selection of videos from the archive "It is hard to touch the real" and the Videonale9 programme by Soren Grammel:
Nasrin Tabatabei, Old Building, 1999, (Iran) 16 min.
Jesper Nordahl, Crazy Girls, 2001, (1969, Spain), 8 min.
Audrius Novickas, VIP Sightseeing Tour of Vilnius 2002, 1968, Lithuania)16 min
Nina Könnemann, Pleasure Beach, 2001, (1971, D) 8 min.
Mari Laanemets & Killu Sukmit, The Cure, (Estonia) 1999, 6 min.
Volker Eichelmann, Martello Towers, 2002, (1973, Danmark) & Roland Rust (1974, Austria) 10 min.
Yael Bartana, King of the Hill, 2003, (1970, Izrael/ The Netherlands) 7 min

8.30 p.m.
The documentarist use of images in video works by Hungarian visual artists
Selection by Dóra Hegyi:
Tibor Hajas (1946-80), Self Fashion Show (Öndivatbemutató), 1976, 17 min. (originally 35 mm film), camera: Gábor Dobos , János Vető; Balázs Béla Stúdió, Budapest
Sebestyén Kodolányi – Csaba Uglár (H), Abuse (Visszaélés), 2002, 15 min., Balázs Béla Stúdió, Budapest
Jeanne van Heeswijk – Marten Winters (NL), Some 7 (single-screening version), 2004/2005, 20 min.
MiklósErhardt – Hislop Dominic (H), Talking about economy I., 2003, 30 min.
LeilaNura, Monologue of Leila Nura, 2005, 8 min.

This selection of videos suggests to take a look at the use of video and its documentary rethorics as a means of critically witnessing or engaging with processes of constructing cultural identifications or -identities. This is just one possible view upon the videos chosen. Many other perspectives can be taken. Nevertheless, political developments and their impact on artistic production appear to be a good reason for noticing issues of cultural identity to be one of the most relevant subjects for an engaged and everyday-related art-production since the early 90s. The medium video in different ways seems to
pragmatically correspond with such objectives. (Soren Grammel)