Place: Trade Fair Palace
The focal point of the third chapter of Prostor pro pohyblivý obraz / Moving Image Department, devoted in theme to the medium of the documentary in contemporary visual art, is the work entitled Inner Time of Television (2010). In the joint project, The Otolith Group reconfigures the work of the French film-maker Chris Marker, entitled L’heritage de la chouette or The Owl’s Legacy, a thirteen-part television cycle from 1989 dealing with the culture of ancient Greece, as an installation and accompanying artist’s book. The Owl’s Legacy investigates the legacy and potential of ancient Greece through the continuous modulation of video material, voiceover commentary and studio interviews with experts on this classical period, filmmakers, dramatists, composers, philosophers and other specialists. All thirteen episodes of The Owl’s Legacy present in the gallery can be experienced as a whole and can also be followed separately. Inner Time of Television thus disrupts the logic of a cycle of television documentaries and indicates that the context for this work with the medium of the moving picture, which has resisted the conventions of television recording in the given genre, has shifted radically to the level of contemporary art.
Chris Marker had been described by film theorist Roy Armes as "unclassifiable because he (Marker) is unique…The French Cinema has its dramatists and its poets, its technicians, and its autobiographers, but only has one true essayist: Chris Marker…”. His work stands at the cradle of the tradition of documentary strategies in contemporary art. His ability to reproduce learning and present knowledge in film are the foundation stones for the most widespread manifestations of contemporary work with the medium of the moving picture, video-essays and documentaries. It is thus the platform for all the works of the third chapter of Moving Image Department – the films of Eric Baudelaire, Duncan Campbell, Christian Jankowski and Lucy Raven. The presentation of these research strategies, however, fundamentally exceeds the moving picture itself and we can also seek them in the paintings of Maria Loboda, in the films and architecture of Josef Dabernig and in the spatial installations of Liam Gillick.
The third chapter of Moving Image Department is thus directly linked to the theme of this year’s Fotograf Festival, which is the documentary.
Artists: Eric Baudelaire, Duncan Campbell, Josef Dabernig, Liam Gillick, Christian Jankowski, Maria Loboda, Lucy Raven
Curators: Adam Budak, Jen Kratochvil