night of museum and gallery


карта /Номер 55/

Stanislav Dospevski St. 


Presented by The VIVACOM Fund  

21:00 – 24:00

Video Spinning Top – screening – curator: Pavlina Mladenova.

Video Spinning Top is a curatorial video project by Pavlina Mladenova, which has been adapted for the Night of Museums and Galleries. It presents the “colours” and “circular movements” of contemporary video art through three video selections, which, although conceptually different, symbolise the uniform technology of the moving image today.

Zone of Trust Selection (74 min.)

“Trusted zone" presents a selection of video art works that contain excerpts from films. The selection focuses on the phenomenon of sensitive interaction  in modern video art - film,  precisely copyright.

 "Trusted zone" is a computer term that restricts the use of given resources and information within a circle of trusted users in antithesis of the Internet zone.  The exceptions (the doors) in most copyright laws are really similar to the trusted zone, because they  allow the use of excerpts from films for educational and / or non- commercial purposes, which is widely exploited technique in video art from its dawn.

1. Jean Gabriel Periot (France), L’ Art Delicat de la Matraque (The delicate Art of the Bludgeon), 2009, 04:00
2. Alberto Cabrera Bernal (Spain), Against Cinema, 2010, 09:00
3. Kaja Kraner (Slovenia), Screen 1_2, 2009, 05:54
4. Janet Hodgson (UK), Re-Run, 2009, 08:07
5. Albert Alcoz (Spain), Weird War, 2011, 09:00
6. Jennifer Ross (UK), Edit of Actuality, 2010, 04:15
7. Felix Fernandez (Spain), Shocktime, 2010, 10:00
8. Elizabeth McAlpine (UK), Slap, 2008, 01:05
9. Robin Kiteley, (UK), Test Phantom, 2007, 05:03
10. Hsin-Wei Chen, (Taiwan), Meta Vision, 2008, 04:15
11. Еric Hynynen (Finland) Film Noir, 2011, 05:26
12. Geumhyung Jeong (South Korea), Rooftop of Seoul Art Cinema, 2011, 05:28

Hands Selection (50 min.) 

Video art  selection “Hands” presents hands as a symbol on two main levels: as an object and gesture. On the one side, hand, as an object, symbolize creating process, they are connected with work and food. They are also symbol of love, passion, touch and hugs. The left hand symbolizes  the grace and femininity, the right one is a symbol of  masculinity and strength. Gestures of hands, as the primary form of nonverbal communication, represent different feelings and relationships between people, and between human and world. In the context of  video art, hands are subject of many conceptual interpretations. Selection “Hands” is attempt to illustrate some of them.

1. Mehmet Yilmaz (Turkey), Indecent Love, 2010, 03:12
2. Nana Rosenoern Holland Bastrup (Denmark), No title, 2009, 00:34
3. Neno Belchev (Bulgaria), Dresden Hand, 2010, 08:22
4. Chika Matsuda (Japan / USA), Germination, 2009, 04:41
5. Charles A. Gick (USA), Hand with Cloud, 2009, 07:00
6. Bistra Lechevalier (Bulgaria / France), Hands Have Dreams Too, 2008, 04:41
7. Guido Salvini (Italy), Strength Text, 2009, 02:24
8. Stephan Hillerbrand & Mary Magsamen (USA), Lick, 2009, 01:30
9. Giuseppe Di Bella (UK), Healing, 2008 / 2009, 06:21
10. Peter Whittenberber (USA), Simple #1, 2011, 07:06
11. Yunna Kim (South Korea), You and Me, 2010, 03:23

Up the Stairs, Down the Stairs Selection (53 min.)

The video art exhibition DOWN STAIRS, UP STAIRS uses stairs as a main object, symbolizing going down and going up. Classically defined as series of steps, stairs as an object are static in themselves. However, stairs facilitate change, movement and continuation. How to specify the stairs directionality of upward or downward, left stairs or right stairs? When the mobility on the stairs is a temporary category the immobility facilitated by the stairs themselves is obscure. Stairs contain a priori: They are the prerequisite to the bipolar contradiction of reverses, such as to separate and to merge - spaces, floors, levels, layers, distances, worlds. Similar to the function of the bridge, with the trivial or usual presumption of certainty in function of ascending or descending, the actions performed on the stairs are not immediately obvious.

The DOWN STAIRS, UP STAIRS video-selection represents a snapshot of a diverse spectrum of direct and metaphoric meanings of “going down stairs” and “going up stairs” with various possibilities for interpretation through the medium of video art. Some of the presented videos are centered into artist’s discussion with elements of criticism, concerning the analogical down stairs and up stairs contradictions, such as success and failure, gradation and degradation, proud and shame. Other videos simply supply playful visual narrative and poetry of certain physical or material movements or transitions by the means of going up and going down in parallel to the routine of their changes.

With the allegation from the advertisement campaign of ‘Crookedbrains’ for usage of the stairs in a creative way “Staircase: Who says these are just for going up and going down?” the project DOWN STAIRS, UP STAIRS also set the issues about the suspicious functions of some important staircase at the surrounding space.

1. Susan Bowman (UK), Moving, 2009, 01:39
2. Martin Kohout (Germany), Moonwalk, 2008, 02:20
3. Ghosh (India / USA), Three Studies, 2010, 02:06
4. Neno Belchev (Bulgaria), Climbing Up And Down The Stairs Of Block, 2004, 12:31
5. Hillerbrand & Magsamen (USA), Accumulation, 2010, 04:00
6. Jaap Hermans (The Netherlands), Skip, 2008, 03:06
7. Naren Wilks (UK), Collide-O-Scope, 2010, 03:24
8. Signe Lillemark (Denmark / Romania), The Walk, 2009, 03:24
9. Vicent Gisbert Soler (Spain), AU, 2008 – 05:38
10. Zsolt Vasarhelyi (Hungary), Yamakasi, 2007, 04:36
11. Anthony Schrag (UK / Canada), Stairs, 2004, 01:26
12. Peter Bobby (UK), Curtain, 2009, 09:57

This video program was made possible with the support of Videoholica, Varna