Works and Words: Revisiting film and/as…

Works and Words: Revisiting film and/as art from 1970s East Central Europe

Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam
Film programma en concert-performance by Wojciech Bąkowski
In 1979 vond de ‘Internationale Kunst Manifestatie’ Works and Words plaats in Amsterdam. Het 10-daagse evenement werd georganiseerd door De Appel en Holland Experimental Film, een voorloper van Filmmuseum EYE. Het doel van Works and Words was om hedendaagse kunstenaars uit de socialistische landen Tsjechoslowakije, Hongarije, Polen en Joegoslavië te tonen in Amsterdam in een programma met lezingen, performances, installaties, video, fotografie en film. Dit speciale programma is samengesteld door De Appel in samenwerking met EYE museum en gaat nader in op deze interdisciplinaire ‘Kunst Manifestatie’ door een selectie van experimentele films te tonen uit het originele programma van 1979, gemaakt door baanbrekende kunstenaars als Dóra Maurer (HU),  Józef Robakowski (PL) en Mladen Stilinović (HR). Daarnaast vindt een gesprek plaats over de fascinerende context van Works en Words, dat werd georganiseerd tijdens de Koude Oorlog. De hedendaagse Poolse mediakunstenaar Wojciech Bąkowski zal een concert-performance uitvoeren. Bąkowski’ s werk onderzoekt met name thema’s die filmmakers uit de jaren 1970 ook inspireerden, bijvoorbeeld door in te zoomen op de details van het alledaagse leven. Het programma is georganiseerd ter gelegenheid van de herdruk van de originele catalogus van Works en Words door De Appel en Roma Publications. Deze avond is de herdruk van Works and Words te koop voor de gereduceerde prijs van 15,00 euro (normaal 19,95). Tickets verkrijgbaar op de website van EYE. In ( Footnotes#3 ) op de website van De Appel wordt langzaam het archief van Works and Words openbaar gemaakt.

Wojciech Bąkowski (b. 1979)
animated film, video, drawings, sound installation, performance
Graduated at Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań. His work has been shown (among others) in New Museum, New York, Schmela Haus, Kunstsammlung Nordhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, CAC, Vilnus. Apart of being visual artist, he is also a poet and a musician. In 2015 he was awarded the Grand Prize the 61st International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany. His films were presented at film festivals in Toronto, Vienna, Wrocław, Ann Arbour and on individual screening at Anthology Film Archives, NYC. Bąkowski collaborates with Stereo Gallery, Warsaw and Bureau, New York. Recently, in his music activities Bąkowski binds stock sound effects with simple melodies that he composes. Those music collages are enriched by formally uncomplicated poetry, which is comprised of singular chanted words. Performance in Eye Museum will contain the compositions from Bąkowski’s new album “JAZZ DUO” that will be released in winter by Dunno Recordings.
From a letter from the artist:
“In high school I had a lazy photography teacher. He would arrive for the class with a coffee and a bun to read a newspaper. To keep us from getting bored he turned on the VCR. He only had the avant-garde on his cassettes, mainly the Workshop of the Film Form. We were lying with our heads on the desks, it was in the morning and we couldn't be bothered about anything. I reviewed Robakowski's entire work with one eye while thinking about something else. Sometimes I even slept Later, while making my own films, I unconsciously recreated the atmosphere of those works. It was difficult for me to escape that aesthetics and philosophy, to create something of my own. The traces of the whole thing are visible in what I do until the present day. That's the way it is with texts by charismatics.” WB
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