Video Objects: Contemporary Czech cinema from the PAF Animation Festival
Comprised entirely of works made in the Czech Republic in the past five years, the video selection Objects of Video was prepared by the PAF Festival for Audiovisual Arts. The program displays contemporary Czech animation as well as a pattern of current tendencies towards manipulation of the image in the gallery and cinema environment. The title Objects of Video was chosen so as to represent its three integral parts; film, photography, and sculpture. The videos will be screened and discussed by Czech artists and curators.
Objects of Video represents various forms of manipulated animations. The first part is based on experimental and fiction film in the form of historical allusions or citations. These allusions are employed to construct new meaning, missing the fictional basis and thus tending towards image abstraction. The second part of the program presents videos featuring a sculpture or a sculptural concept further "formed" in the video. By means of framing and simple editing, a documentation that shifts the meaning of the original "sculptural" works is frequently produced. The third part of the program is comprised of several videos employing stage-managed or documentary photography. As static elements, the photographs are examined as such or are projected in the form of a slide-show, a presentation or image destruction.
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