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.
“RELICS OF COMMUNIST ARCHITECTURE” AUDIOVISUAL PROJECT
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.
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 :
Palace 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.
The 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.
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.