Moving Images Bulgaria-Germany
Moving Images / Moving Bodies
Online screening programme in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria
Curated by Ludwig Seyfarth
As the first portable video camera came on the market in the USA in 1967 and in 1969 in Western Europe, the development of video art also took off. Alongside technical experiments, theatrical performances were documented or, like simple physical activities, often staged solely to be recorded. The boundary between documentation and independent artistic creation thus became fluid, as was also the case with the beginnings of video art in Bulgaria. Here, as in other East European countries, artists first had opportunities to use the video camera on a large scale after the end of the ‘Iron Curtain’.
Today the technical and aesthetic spectrum of the medium has expanded enormously, including through digital manipulation, even in places where the former political borders created differences in technological standards.
Research into the human body and interpersonal relationships remain central themes in video and moving image art. Examples from the current art scene in Bulgaria and Germany confirm this.
The exhibition curated by Ludwig Seyfarth and planned for November 2020 in Sofia with video projections, installations, individual performances by artists and talks and screenings has been postponed until 2021 because of the Corona pandemic.
Instead, a consecutive presentation of selected films by artists from Moving Bodies/Moving Images is presented on www.blinkvideo.de. Artists from Bulgaria and Germany, whose work is related in content, will be shown in pairs over the next weeks.
A programme curated by Kalin Serapionov and Krassimir Terziev from ICA Sofia gives a selected overview of video art in Bulgaria in general. The programme is accompanied by an in-depth essay by Krassimir Terziev as well as by texts on individual films by different authors or the artists themselves.
There will also follow a video programme curated by Julia Sökeland on blinkvideo presenting artists who internationally expand the theme of Moving Images/Moving Bodies.
The paired artists are:
Evamaria Schaller and Kamen Stoyanov
Stella Geppert and Boryana Petkova
Teboho Edkins and Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova
Kirstin Burckhardt and Sevda Semer