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31 May 2010

Transitland. Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009 - Bratislava Event

Martin Zet: Red Daddy, 2003, 5'14'

Transitland. Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009 – Bratislava Event


Exhibition runs:
3 June - 9 July 2010 Opening hours:
Tue - Fri, 1 - 5.30 pm

Eliska Mazalanova
+421 910 904 057

Velehradska 7/A
821 08 Bratislava
Slovak Republic

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The collaborative archiving project 'Transitland', was realized on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. It presents a selection of 100 single-channel video works, produced in the period 1989-2009 and reflecting the transformations in post-socialist Central and Eastern Europe. The selection of works was made by an international jury from 350 videos, proposed by 40 nominators - curators, art critics and artists.

The project focuses on an extensive and turbulent time and space span. The territory of 'Transitland' is quite close to being a half of Europe - population and territory wise. Once called as the 'Eastern bloc' without further specification, it was conceived as somewhat homogeneous, dark side of Europe behind the Iron Curtain. Central and Eastern Europe with different sub-regions now covers 24 post-socialist European countries. Twenty years ago this territory belonged to only 9 states.

Transitland' is not only the widest-spanning presentation of video art from Central and Eastern Europe but also a unique attempt to address and reflect upon an extensive period of transformation and changes. The mere breadth of time and geography and the complexity of the transition process are still beyond perception not only from outside but also within the region. Besides the numerous discursive and documentary attempts to describe, analyze and contextualize the transformations, a multitude of viewpoints and aspects, presented through the media of video art are meant to provide a unique asset of aesthetic and critical positions to the current discourse on the transition period.

'Transitland' is realized by InterSpace Association Sofia, transmediale festival for art and digital culture Berlin and Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange and Ludwig Museum-Museum of Contemporary Art Budapest, with associated partners D Media, Cluj and Videoaktiv, Berlin.

It was made possible with support from Culture 2007-2013 Programme, the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe, the European Cultural Foundation, the Culture programme of Sofia Municipality and the Hungarian Cultural Fund.