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.

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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).

My last kino of 2011-Quickino in Berlin

Attanded Quickino in Berlin in the last days of 2011 and made this short film inspired by LOU REED song “Berlin”:

Berlin


In Berlin, by the wall
you were five foot ten inches tall
It was very nice
candlelight and Dubonnet on iceWe were in a small cafe
you could hear the guitars play
It was very nice
it was paradiseYou’re right and I’m wrong
hey babe, I’m gonna miss you now that you’re gone
One sweet day

Oh, you’re right and I’m wrong
you know I’m gonna miss you now that you’re gone
One sweet day
One sweet day

In a small, small cafe
we could hear the guitars play
It was very nice
candlelight and Dubonnet on ice

Don’t forget, hire a vet
he hasn’t had that much fun yet
It was very nice
hey honey, it was paradise

You’re right and I’m wrong
oh babe, I’m gonna miss you now that you’re gone
One sweet day
You’re right, oh, and I’m wrong
you know I’m gonna miss you now that you’re gone
One sweet day
One sweet day

One sweet day, one sweet day
oh, one sweet day
One sweet day, baby-baby, one sweet day
one sweet day, one sweet day

KINO KABARET POPRVÉ V PRAZE!

Ve dnech 27. září – 2. října 2011 se v Praze uskuteční první ročník experimentálního filmového workshopu KINO KABARET PRAHA. Jedná se o setkání převážně mladých filmařů na mezinárodní úrovni, při kterých vznikají originální krátké filmy, které se v době konání workshopu budou promítat v pražských kinech pro veřejnost.

Pražský Kino kabaret je vůbec první akcí svého druhu v České republice. Vlastní idea Kino kabaretů se zrodila v Montrealu v roce 2001, odkud se během deseti let rozšířila do více než 60 měst po celém světě. Je založena na principu nesoutěživosti a spontánnosti filmové tvorby v krátkém časovém limitu. Smyslem celé akce je především užít si zábavu při tvorbě filmů v kreativním, mezinárodním kolektivu mladých tvůrců a vzájemně si při produkci filmů vypomáhat.

Pražský Kino kabaret bude rozdělen do tří dvoudenních sekcí (tzv. session). Během jedné session platí pro účastníky jednotný časový limit 33 hodin na tvorbu krátkých filmů. Čím více krátkých filmů v tomto limitu vznikne, tím lépe. Velkou satisfakcí účastnícím se filmařům je pak následná veřejná projekce čerstvě natočených filmových děl v předních pražských kinech. Následující den po projekci pak startuje další session. Základnou pro prezentaci scénářů, vytváření filmových týmů a postprodukci je klub Univerzity Karlovy K4.

Nároky na účast nejsou nikterak vysoké – účastnit workshopu se mohou jak amatérští, tak profesionální filmaři a herci, témata filmů i způsob natáčení filmů jsou rovněž zcela libovolná. Poplatek za účast na jedné session 250 Kč pokrývá 2 snídaně a organizační náklady. Každou session lze absolvovat jednotlivě, není nutné se účastnit všech tří.

Vytvořené filmy lze shlédnout každý druhý večer konání workshopu. Budou promítány v experimentálním prostoru NoD (28.9. od 21:00), v kině Světozor (30.9. od 22:30) a v kině Bio Oko (2.10. od 21:00). Jednotná cena vstupného pro návštěvníky kin je 60 Kč.

Více informací naleznete na našich stránkách http://www.kinopraha.cz Přihlášky na Kino kabaret Praha lze podat do 15.září 2011. Maximální počet účastníků je 70.

KINO KABARET PRAHA 2011

KINO DYNAMIQUE VIENNA 2011

Kino Dynamique 2011, Vienna

ON THE WAY TO KINO DYNAMIQUE

Kino Kabaret was born in 1999 in Montreal and throughout the years, it spread all over the world and these days there are kino kabaret events in quite a few cities around the globe: Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg, Munich, Brussels, Paris, Sydney, LondonBratislava, AmsterdamHelsinki, Madison etc. You can find the complete list of all kino kabarets in wikipedia. The idea is very simple: film enthusiasts gather together at certain place, they spend a couple of days together and produce short films.

This year I attended my first Kino kabaret called KINO DYNAMIQUE in Vienna. It is organized by guys from KINO5 and it took place in a space called Mo.ë – very punk and simple space but comfortable and inspiring for film production. In case of Kino Dynamique the task was to produce a short film within 36 hours – people meet at 11 AM for a production meeting, they present the project in front of the other people and ask for help and they have 36 hours to make a short film which is going to be screened at a cinema the next day. It is pretty challenging to make film with people who you have just met, but I think it is even more interesting this way.

During these hectic filming days there was no time for sightseeing and I actually enjoyed the city through the screen of my Sony camcorder much better then if I was just an ordinary tourist. I also have gone to the locations where I would probably never gotten – such as a rooftop in Vienna district no.4, some apartments, an Arabic market near the kinolab etc. All the films which were produced during the 6 days ( 3 x 36 hours) are shown on the KINO5 VIMEO page.  And pics are HERE. ENJOY!

And this is the video that I produced during the second session of KinoDynamique: