Oblíqua  @ Ethiopia  via  W:OW : We Are One World / Courtesy of an invitation by Art Video Koeln


             @ 2nd Addis Video Art Festival 24 December 2017 – 04 January 2018, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia (program pdf)
               
            

             


             Still in 'Implausible things', courtesy of Rita Macedo, 2014


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             . Marta Alvim - 'The Death of an Owl' (2012)

             . Cul.pa'The Fox' (2015)

             . Inhabitants'Beams of Cathodic Rays Shooting' (2013)

             . Rita Macedo - 'Implausible things' (2014)


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             Marta Alvim

             Marta Alvim is a visual artist, screenwriter and experimental filmmaker.
             Her work marks the passage from inner dimensions to the outside world.
             Aiming transformation and exploring Man’s relationships with knowledge,
             spirituality and the natural world, her work strives to find new power relationships in modern day society.
             Through the use of film, photography and other expanded works she explores the convergences between matter
             and thought, often addressing dream, ethics and behavior in unconventional storytelling.
             Influenced by philosophy and exploring the shifting boundaries between fact and fiction, Alvim’s work seeks to look
             into existence and the complexities of animality.
             Through the use of film, photography and other expanded works she explores the convergences between matter and thought,
             often addressing dream, ethics and behavior in unconventional storytelling.

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             The death of an owl, 2012, 9’45”

             

            The film/visual poem is shaped as an existentialist treatise on the inflections of the human condition.
            It depicts the final letter from an owl who, freed from his bodily restraint, writes us from an afterlife place.
            By exorcising his own memories of a past earthly existence, the owl confronts and challenges us to an intimate
            self-projection exercise by giving us back his mental images, as if in a hall of mirrors.
            The Death of an Owl dwells on impermanence, the tiredness and artificialism of everydays routines,
            relations of power, unrest and emptiness, conceived as a warning, an appeal - aiming the collective conscientiousness -
            to a praxis that might guide us, at last, to set ourselves free from our own shackles.


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             Cul.pa


            Cul.pa its a collective and collaborative association between two artists, José Batista Marques and Paulo Menezes.
            José Batista Marques is a fine arts and sculptor artist, lives and works in Lisbon. He is graduated in fine arts
            in which he has won several fine art prizes.
            Paulo Menezes is a cinematographer and film director and he works in Lisbon.
            Paulo was a degree in cinematography and film by the film school of Lisbon, E.S.T.C.
            Cul.pa is the concentration of this two distinctive arts in one line of thinking.
            Is there any art in the future?
            What is art now?

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             The fox, 2015, 5’39”
             
             

           
            If in the absence of a primary and perpetual need to kill, the hunter still exists is because it proves that the universal
            touches the unconscious and the desire to support or see the world and the existence through Death.
            The tragic art of hunting the deer will ever recover the lost unity? Maybe so.
            It is the tragic art, which manifests the essential life of the world, because it reveals the being and the truth,
            key to the investigation of the true nature of reality.
            The nature of reality is the tragic phenomenon, while attribute of a fundamental ontological principle.
            It is an instinctive form of knowledge because after all, according to Nietzsche, as actually happens in life,
            the tragic view of the world blows “life and death, the rise and decay of all that is finite.”
            It is recognized, however, that rarely and occasionally appear “the great hunters” who deal with the horror
            of the world and the existence and that even so blithely accept this becoming of life.
            You treat those who do not invent or perceive lies while defending against the threat and terror
            of becoming, and do triumph before Life on the reason.


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             Inhabitants


             Inhabitants is an online channel for exploratory video and documentary reporting.
             We produce and stream short-form videos intended for online distribution, with each episode focusing on a different topic.
             We have collaborated with institutions such as Haus der Kulturen Der Welt and the Max Planck Institute for the History
             of Science (Berlin), Museu Colecção Berado (Lisbon), Contour8 biennale (Belgium), and are currently collaborating
             with TBA21 for a video series on Deep Sea Mining. We are actively engaged with both artists and political agents
             on the ground, and are open to any inquires and suggestions.

             Beams of Cathodic Rays Shooting, 2013, 7’35”
     
           

            It is the summer of 2013. Inside an empty news studio, a teleprompter rolls messages on its screen narrating the events
            that led to the closing of the Greek public television network (ERT) as a consequence of the European crisis
            and its austerity-ridden economy.
            It reads: “ERT may have been the last television channel to ever broadcast, the first and last television signal to be interrupted.
            ”With the shutdown, 2,700 ERT employees were sacked.
            ERT’s ending was broadcast live, an its last report was an image of the people that had gathered outside the station,
            protesting against its closure.
            At the center of the Troika and the New Democracy government’s decision for the shutdown was “No Comment,”
            Euronews’s idiosyncratic news section presenting footage devoid of commentary.
            A European Union joint media project, Euronews was created in 1993 and is funded by EU public broadcasters
            as well as private shareholders.
            Allegedly, Greece was unable to pay its dues, pushing its government to shut it down.
            With Syriza in power, ERT has since reopened.
            However, the crisis persists and is perhaps more entrenched than ever across the EU’s media channels.
            And so is the difficult political responsibility of representing the complexity of the crisis, the propaganda war,
            the veiled interests that hide behind it.

            
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            Rita Macedo

            Rita is a portuguese filmmaker and video artist currently based in Berlin.
            Her work dwells upon the possibilities of micro narrative, and non narrative filmic objects.
            Her works has been shown in several festivals and galleries around the world.

           

            Implausible things, 2014, 9’00”

            'Implausible things' is a laboratory of images. It deals with found footage and materials
            that are scattered and random by nature.
            It started with a box that was found by chance, filled with old 16 mm films - the raw material for what
            was to come.
            New paths and possibilities emerged, as the old meanings were lost, abandoned and replaced.
            Each of the parts presents distinct formal aspects and operate within different realms of logic,
            resulting in a heterogeneous tapestry of audiovisual threads, an non-hierarchical assemblage
            of moving image, sound and text.
            Consisting entirely of original text and soundtrack, 'Implausible things' is set as a sort 'Implausible things'
            of mise en abyme in which repetitions, redundancies and loops distort the idea of linear temporality
            and intransigent reality.

           




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             Desenho gráfico por / Graphic design by:  Outono-Inverno



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