The second chapter of the long-term research cycle of the Etc. Gallery subtitled Observation aims to review the forms of observation strategies in contemporary video and film. Observation methods have accompanied documentary film throughout its development and it is therefore time to ask how they have developed during the past decades within the domain of art and whether we can look at them to catch a glimpse of the way contemporary artists think about social or political developments, the transformation of the environment they live in, or how life and working conditions change. We maintain that it is safe to say that even the need to use the observation mode itself may constitute a response to the current state of society. This becomes clearer when we begin to study the reasons and context in which an artist decides to opt for this method.
In April we continue in the long-term research project of etc. galllery dedicated to documentary strategies in contemporary video. With reference to the seminal text of the artist and theorist Hito Steyerl called Politics of Truth. Documentarism in Art we ask how documentary practice can be a topical means of political activity and which ways current art finds to come to terms with its loss of credibility in representing reality.
Project curators: Alžběta Bačíková and Anna Remešová
ARTUR ŻMIJEWSKI – Dieter, Patricia, Ursula (2007)
NIRA PEREG – Sabbath 2008 (2008)
LUCIA NIMCOVÁ – Martelinar (2008)
ŠTĚPÁN PECH – Val / Barrier (2014)