Videokemp 2015

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Videokemp je jednodenní výstavní akce zaměřená na prezentaci současného umění ve formě videa. Jeho princip je jednoduchý. Na určeném místě, většinou v parku, vzniká po dobu jednoho odpoledne a večera stanové městečko, v němž každý z umělců prezentuje svoji práci ve vlastním stanu.Toto specifické prostředí poskytuje letní alternativu klasické galerijní prezentaci a odlišnou možnost sdílení dané tvorby. Od roku 2005 se Videokemp koná již podeváté. Letos se bude konat přesně deset let od uspořádání prvního Videokempu. Každý z uplynulých ročníků hostil práce cca 20-40 českých i zahraničních tvůrců. Předchozí ročníky proběhly ve spolupráci s galerijními institucemi (Galerie Altán Klamovka, Galerie Futura – Zámek Třebešice, GASK, Dům umění města Brna, Galerie Entrance) či jako nezávislá akce (park Letná v Praze). Po roční pauze se Videokemp vrací, tentokrát na místo svého prvního konání, tedy do parku u Galerie Altán Klamovka

Kurátoři: Viktor Čech a Lenka Sýkorová.

Vystavující: Alžběta Bačíková, Daniela Baráčková, Ashley Bell Clark, Quentin Euverte, Ester Geislerová – Johana Švarcová, Miroslav Hašek, Dominik Hejtmánek, Pavel Jestřáb, Antonín Jirát, Calvin Laing, Petra Lelláková & Vladimíra Večeřová, Tomáš Moravec, David Možný, Johana Pošová, Janek Rous, Dorota Sadovská, Tereza Severová, Haruna Tamaki Honcoop, Filip Turek, Johana Pošová, Miroslava Večeřová, Tereza Velíková a další.

Kurátorský stan FUD UJEP Ústí n/L., kurátoři: Štefan Pecko a Martina Johnová, vystavující: Jan Hrubeš a Kateřina Palešníková, Jiří Pitrmuc, Zdeněk Svejkovský,Michaela Hrabová.

Kurátorský stan FAMU Praha, kurátoři: Antonín Jirát a Štěpánka Šimlová

Změna vystavujících vyhrazena.

Galerie Altán Klamovka podpořena: Ministerstvem kultury ČR, Magistrátem hlavního města Prahy, Městskou částí Praha 5 a Gestorem – ochranným svazem autorským.
Mediální partner: artalk.cz

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VIDEOKEMP

Videokemp (videocamp) is one day exhibition focusing on contemporary Czech video art. The strategy of the event is simple; a campsite will be set up in a park, from afternoon until the following night with participating artists presenting work in their own tent. The exhibition format offers a summer alternative to the more traditional gallery environment.

This will be the ninth Videokemp since it began in 2005. This year is tenth year anniversary since first Videokemp. In the past, 20-40 artists were involved every year, with support from art institutions such as Galerie Altán Klamovka, Galerie Futura – Zámek Třebešice, GASK, Dům umění města Brna and Galerie Entrance. Videokemp was also held two times as independent venue in Letná park.

Following a one year break Videokemp is back for a collaboration with Altán Klamovka Gallery. This year’s location is Klamovka park in Prague.

Curator, producer: Viktor Cech, Lenka Sykorova

Gallery Altán Klamovka supporting institutions: Ministerstvo kultury ČR, Magistrát hlavního města Prahy, Městská část Praha 5 a Gestor – ochranný svaz autorský.
Medial partner: artalk.cz

vystrižek z MF dnes 1.8. VIDEOKEMP

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Relics of Socialist Architecture – PART 2: HUNGARY

From 22.6. – 24.7. 2015, I’m working on my second part of video-art project “RELICS OF SOCIALIST ARCHITECTURE IN EASERN BLOC”, researching and collecting archival film footage at OSA Archivum, Central European University and filming around Budapest and even south in Dunaújváros, the artificial socialist town founded and constructed in 1950’s. Thanks all collaborators on this project for their kind support – especially: Kati Gadoros (OSA), prof. Isztvan Rév (OSA), Alessandro Grimaldi (L’altra Budapest), Anna Mária Nagy (Dunaújváros specialist), Dumitru Rusu (Socialist Modernism / B.A.C.U – Romania), Ewa Rosiak-Zieba, Hakeem Smith, Eszter Lázar (OSA fellows), Mathew G. Erdo (editor), Gáspár Hájdu (xorxor.hu), Belle Belle (music composer), Lily Nagy, Enikő Váczy & András Nagy (my awesome roommates). Communist presentation_leaflet_OSA Here is a PPT I presented at OSA on 13 July 2015: OSA PRESENTATION HARUNA HONCOOPOVA 13JULY2015_OK

Few pictures from my shooting: Water tower at Csepel (southern Budapest) IMG_1748 Main entrance to Csepel Müvek factoryCsepel Müvek main entrance Déli Palyaudvar trainstation building, Budapest (1975)déli Church Farkasrét templom, Budapest (1975, arch. István Szabó)IMG_1906 Main entrance to a steel factory Dunai Vasmü, Dunaújváros IMG_2051 Post office building, Dunaújvárosposta_dunaujvaros One of the oldest highrise in Dunaújvároshighrise_Dunaujvaros

And finally PART 1 of the whole project – short experimental film from Bucharest, TREI MINUTI DESPRE UN ORAS BUCARESTI which I filmed during NISI MASA Experimental Film Workshop in December 2013 but finally completed during my fellowship in Budapest:

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Postkarte aus Hamburg

I went to HAMBURG to the biggest European Kinoabaret for a few days in the beginning of June. There were about 150 creative individuals from all over Europe and even Africa (Burkina Faso) who were there all with the same goal – to make short independent movies. I made my little movie only within 1 day – from the first clap til the screening in the full Hamburg cinema… It was very challenging but with my great cast and crew it was easy. Enjoy!

Fellowship at OSA ARCHIVUM in Budapest for my audio-visual project

I was awarded a 1 month scholarship from Visegrad Fund at OSA ARCHIVUM in Budapest to conduct my audio-visual project and research about communist architecture! This is a continuing project which I started 3 years ago in december 2013 in Bucharest thanks to Nisi Masa’s experimental film workshop and Sorina Cinemapus Diaconu and continued in Berlin thanks to Eva Gy and Quickino.

This time you’ll find me running around the city with my camera and surrounded by books and old communist footage in the archives and editing my video-art pieces this summer in Budapest.

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“RELICS OF COMMUNIST ARCHITECTURE” AUDIOVISUAL PROJECT

Research description:

Three years ago I initiated a project based on my experience in Romania which involves the concept of the gigantic residential palace of Ceausescu and the historical circumstances that lead to its completion – I made a short video showing the past documents connected with its construction, the historical events that took place in the palace in 1989 and the present state of the monster combining the nowadays footage with 8mm archive footage from 1963.

Two years ago I made a similar video concerning the construction and fall of the Berlin Wall and recent reconstruction of former communist settlements in east Berlin entitled (L)Ost Berlin. Recently I am working on a similar video on the communist architecture in Prague. I intend to create video art documentaries concerning other cities in the Eastern Block as well. Starting with Budapest during my fellowship at OSA ARCHIVUM and collecting archival footage for other cities, namely Bratislava, Warsaw, Dresden… I’ll be producing a complete cycle of video-art films to be shown in a galleries with a proper explanation in a written text which will accompany the video-art installation.

During my research at OSA, I intend to use the audiovisual material capturing architecture (or communist statues or public spaces) and important moments from the communist history related to those places. I want to spent at least four weeks in the OSA archive watching accessible audiovisaul metariasl and researching related archives. And three other weeks filming the material in Budpest which has relation to the Kádár past. I also want to go and shoot in the nearby Bratislava. I also intend to search for other archival video and audio material from Warsaw, Bucharest (could be added to my existing video material – see bellow).

My complete project will cover all countries and their capitals from the former Soviet Eastern Block. Yet during the 1 month fellowship at OSA, I will focus mainly on Budapest. I want to shoot recent state of the communist buildings while doing the fellowship and search for archival footage of the buildings and public spaces.

The result of my research and shooting will be made into art video project entitled RELICS OF COMMUNIST ARCHITECTURE – consisting of 6 short 4-5min long movies of the footage of 30 minutes together. They can be screened as one piece at documentary film festivals and shown in galleries as video-art installation as separate video-art pieces (each city/1 video). The installation in the gallery would require either 1 screen and play all video pieces in a loop or several screens and loudspeakers – each of the screen could have a written description of the displayed architecture and description of the historical events beside to the screen. The videos could be displayed in the galleries in all countries of the research.

Artistic approach:

I want to use technique of split screens – at one or 2 of the split screens showing the recent footage of the architecture and at the other split screens showing the important historical events concerning the space or the buildings it selfs, finding the same angles while filming them and comparing the archival materials.

For the sound, I want to use authentic audio recordings of communist songs related to the topic of architecture or important events happening at the buildings which I will find at the archives. I will collaborate with a film-music composer Dave Abbott from GB/GE who will use the sounds to compose audio-tracks which will be used as a base for each videoart clip.

Examples of the project:

PART 1: “TREI MINUTI DE BUCHAREST” (2013)

Screenshots from the videoart :

Snímek obrazovky 2015-04-20 v 8.48.51 PMPalace of the Parliament in Bucharest (1984), the largest civilian building in the world and the second largest building after Pentagon. Recent footage and archival footage: young architect of the Palace, Anca Petrescu introducing the palace and model of the palace on black and white picture.

Snímek obrazovky 2015-04-20 v 8.51.51 PMThe former headquarters of the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party (now the Ministry of Internal Affairs building) in Bucharest’s Palace Square where Ceausescu gave his final speech on 21 December 1989. The broadcasting of his speech was interrupted.

PART 2: BERLIN – “(L)OST BERLIN” (2013)

The recent footage for the project I shot in Berlin in 2013 (including Berliner Zeitung building, Soviet War memorial park, Berlin Wall, settlements etc. ) – but I need to get an approval from Bundes Archive in Berlin or alternatively look for a footage in OSA archive to complete the video.

Screen shot LOST BERLIN

Screen shot LOST BERLIN 2

Music which will be used for the Berlin part is composed by German music composer Bastian Schick: :https://soundcloud.com/bastianschick/zuckerb-ckertanz?in=haruna-honcoop/sets/my-film-music. The music composition is combining famous speech by Kennedy: “Ich bin Ein Berliner” and Honecker’s speech at the Berlin Wall.

So I’m very thankful to VISEGRAD FUND that I can continue my project which started in a spontaneous way and that I will have finally a proper basis and financial support to continue.

Taiwan documentary week in Prague

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http://objev-taiwan.cz/en/aktuality/workshop/tyden-taiwanskych-dokumentu-v-praze/

Venue: Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts and Svět knihy (Veletržní palác)

Prior to the 1980s documentary was a marginalised form of filmmaking in Taiwan. However since the turn of the new century, documentary filmmaking on the island has evolved into an enthusiastic cultural practice, almost outshining the significance of feature films. Many Taiwanese documentaries are made by the Public Television System (PTS), which created a documentary platform, View Point (jilu guandian), in 1999. Several projects shown on View Point proved to be commercially successful in the 2000s when they enjoyed theatrical release. The rise of documentaries in Taiwan has enriched the local cultural milieu for it indicates that local audience’s taste and choice in films has been extended to different forms of content and filmmaking. It also suggests that Taiwan’s film and television industries are no longer an exclusively local and insular operation as labour, money and ideas flow between different audio-visual sectors and locations.

Taiwan Documentary Week aims to provide the general public in the Czech Republic with an intimate and lively glimpse of contemporary Taiwan society by bringing to Prague a series of high-quality, diversified and recent Taiwanese documentaries. Through the public screenings and direct interactions with filmmakers, scholars and industry insiders, the organisers hope to facilitate meaningful exchanges and cross-cultural dialogues between Taiwan and its friends in Europe.

The event will conclude with a roundtable session, “The Vitality and Sustainability of Taiwan Documentary”, on 16 May 2015 with following participants: Taiwanese filmmakers and producers: TSAI Chung-Lung 蔡崇隆, LIN Leh-chyun 林樂群, Tawianese scholars: Ming-yeh RAWNSLEY 蔡明燁, KUO Li-hsin 郭力昕, Chinese scholar: YU Ming 喻溟, Taiwan based British filmmaker Dean Jonson, and Czech filmmakers and scholars: Kateřina Procházková, Saša Dlouhý, Haruna Honcoop and Viera Langerová. The discussion will address more universal questions that are not necessarily Taiwan-specific, for example, what are good documentaries? How to balance quality and popularity (is there really conflict between the two)? Where does vitality and creativity of (Taiwan) documentary filmmaking lie? What conditions may increase or reduce the sustainability of a documentary industry? What are the similarities and differences between documentaries made in Taiwan and in other countries? Where can we situate Taiwanese documentaries in the international markets?

Pavel Sladký from Czech radio Vltava with the help of Haruna Honcoop made interview with Ming-yeh Rawnsley and Yu Ming – the Czech translation of the interview and article are here:

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Trainspot story. Trip to the unknown… Reset. Restart. Recover.

This has been a long trip. I met Jested for the first time in person last November while filming a rehearsal of Disquiet band where he was playing as a drummer. During this shoot I badly injured my my feet and ended up in Vinohrady hospital for 10 days. I heard his song TRAINSPOT for the first time in the hospital while being hooked on dripfeed, high on morphium to kill all the physical pain, full of sadness, worries & painful love. I immediately loved the song once I heard it for the first time, I wanted to escape from the hospital bed, to fly away, to dance or just simply dissaper from this world but it was impossible…I was bent to the bed for the following month and was jumping on one leg with crutches til the end of the year. The long, never-ending winter has passed and many things have happened in my life – hardcore breakup & loosing a job at the same time during one cold night in Prague in the end of January – I had to touch the most painful bottom to start to live again. Slowly, all by myself, with a total emptiness both in my heart and in my head, almost broke, but accepting my destiny afterall and taking all new life challanges which were standing ahead. Reset. Restart. The recovery was and still is taking a long time, it’s a long process as the memories are always here and they are so strong that it’s hard to get them out of my mind. I started to follow a wu-wei philosophy and taking what cames across to my path, not forcing anything and taking the time, just to take my life as a game, game with unknown rules, unknown destinies, unknown destinations, unknown people crossing my path… One can understand this as a release, and indeed it was, a sort of. The song followed me on my journey as I believe that music heals, and so heals any kind of creative process…Nothing else in the world could help better. I started shooting spontaneously some images in March in Prague and the idea for the music video started to crystalize slowly in my head. Just this simple idea which was reflecting my actual situation – seeing the world in its surreal contoures, feeling as a stranger with all the memories of my unfulfilled love, always having in mind Thom York’s song “Creep” with “what the hell I’m doing here, I don’t belong here” kind of feeling and Haruki Murakami’s essay “The Sound of a Train Whistle in the Night” which is all about love, loneliness & suffering (I made it into a short film while I was alone in Japan 2 years ago, when I was feeling kind of the same but in totally different circumstances). Then I went for two weeks to Israel and finished the shooting there… With a help of great, talented, creative people whom I met on my way. And the music video, therefore, is a result of this painful, inner, deliberating trip. I gave all my soul, creative energy & love to it. I hope you will like it… I feel better now. Just my feet is still not healed until know and so isn’t my heart yet but it will come, one day… (Jested told me after that TRAINSPOT is about a small boy, maybe his son? /// update as of May 2015: and I’m so happy that JESTED won a music competition and they gonna play at Colours of Ostava and record their first album this year.)

Malá smrt/ Little Death (a short film)

Snímek obrazovky 2015-02-09 v 8.19.25 PM Me and my friends Jana, Jurij and Jiří (and featuring Týna as a little devilish Angel) shot and acted in a short film “A Little Death” during December Saint Nicolas weekend in 2014. We made this little film with no budget during CINEMASPOT workshop lead by Radim Špaček. It was fun, a bit of stress too and also a great challange for me to do this while I was jumping on my one leg, second one still with a big painful injury in my feet and using crutches. (yes, the crutches in the film are real, not a mere prop).