Juraj Johanides, Peter Koellerer, Boris Ondreička, Katarzyna Skupny, Kamen Stoyanov, Braňo Špaček, Martin Šulík, Laco Teren, Stephan Wackwitz
12. 7. – 11. 8. 2007
Personal presentations on thursday 8pm.
12. 7. – 14. 7.
LACO TEREN, BORIS ONDREIČKA,
19. 7. – 21. 7.
26. 7. – 28. 7.
STEPHAN WACKWITZ, KATARZYNA SKUPNY, PETER KOELLERER & KAMEN STOYANOV
SVETOVÁ PREMIÉRA | WORLD PREMIERE
IS THERE SOMETHING BAD HERE?
(Katarzyna Skupny, *1976, Oswiecim/Auschwitz, Poland)
Rímejk filmu SHINING od Stanley Kubricka (1980) kde jednotlivé role hrajú slovenskí umelci
Remake of SHINING by Stanley Kubrick (1980) where particular roles are re-played by Slovak artists
Stephan Wackwitz, Petra Feriancová, Laco Teren, Roman Ondák, Erik Šille, Anetta Mona Chisa and Lucia Tkáčová, Marek Kvetan, Ben-The Next Apache, Katarzyna Skupny…
kamera etc | camera etc Braňo Špaček, *1968, Bratislava, Slovakia
natočené na špeciálnych miestach Bratislavy | shot at special spots of Bratislava
iba pred niekoľkými týždňami | just few weeks ago
Danny: Is there something bad here?
Mister Harriet: You know Danny, when something happens, it leaves traces behind. See, like someone burns a toast. Well, maybe some things that happen leave other traces behind. Not traces that anyone can notice. Things that only those with the Shining can see. Sometimes they can see things that haven't happened yet. And sometimes they can see things that happened a long time ago. I think a lot of things happened right here in this particular place. And not all of them was good.
from the scenario of "Shining" by Stanley Kubrick and Stephen King
"Stanley Kubricks well known, already legendary horror movie "Shining" from 1980, adapted from the bestseller by Stephen King is a masterpiece of the genre, one of the most famous works in the history of cinema and a grand drama about human craziness. "Shining" is not a typical horror film. It is a film about the craziness hidden in everyone of us. It is the history of monsters lurking in our subconsciousness, whose existence we deny and do not want to acknowledge. The main character of the film is the unfulfilled writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) who, together with his wife Wendy (Sharon Duvall) and his little son Danny (D. Lloyd) move into the Overlook Hotel in the Rocky Mountains. Jack is supposed to act as a caretaker during the winter months while the hotel is closed and shut off from the rest of the world. Soon it becomes obvious that the hotel is haunted. It is infested by mysterious ghostly creatures, that begin to control Jack at will. Step by step Jack looses control, giving in to the sinister forces that rule the Overlook hotel. The evil forces resident there drive Jack to direct his anger and frustration towards those close to him. Wendy and Danny find themselves in mortal danger..." (from the blurb of the polish version of the Warner Video Cassette).
My project, in an ironic manner, tries to use Kubricks film as a metaphor for the traumatisation of a post-communist society by the ghosts of socialism. Derrida has written about the "Spectres of Marx" that still haunt world societies in the east as well as in the west. In countries like Poland and Slovakia this subterranean, almost subconscious evil influence is incorporated even in socialist realist architecture. It can be stepped into, looked at from the window of our homes, lived in. And it can become the scenario of a film. I want to re-shoot certain key passages of Kubricks "Shining" in the (soon to be demolished) hotel Kyjew in Bratislava, using local artists as actors. The Kyjew is a landmark of town, highly charged with symbolical meaning. Although the architecture is of a good international standard of international sixties modernism, it doesn't fit into the cityscape at all. In a certain sense it colonises it's surrounding and so, like the Overlook Hotel in Kubricks film, functions as a valid symbol of political dominance and subtle violence. Kubrick's story of evil invisibly inherent in seemingly normal individuals and societies is re-enacted by artists, agents of the recurrent subconscious. The overall effect is supposed to be willfully amateurish, rough, comic to the point of grotesque. The ghosts of the past are supposed to be exorcised in a funny way. Marx said that all tragedies of history repeat themselves as farces, so that mankind can say goodbye to the past in good humour. This bon mot I want to use as working method for my video "Is there something bad here?"
by Katarzyna Skupny, sponsored by the Visegrad Fund 2007
SLOVENSKÁ PREMIÉRA | SLOVAK PREMIERE
(Peter Koellerer *1970 Linz, Austria & Kamen Stoyanov *1977 Rousse, Bulgary)
Originally „The Zone“ ist the title of an exhibition project, which is based on the photographic and video-work that Koellerer and Stoyanov did on the outskirts of Bratislava in 2006. It is mainly dealing with the potentials of a site that had been planned as a subway yard before the breakdown of the comunist system and which is now a strange mixture of wilderness and architecture – emanating both, shattered hopes and an air of freedom.
2. 8. – 4. 8.
9. 8. – 11. 8.
LACO TEREN & BORIS ONDREIČKA
sú umelci a vedúci tranzit.sk
are artists and leaders of tranzit.sk
KATARZYNA SKUPNY & PETER KOELLERER & KAMEN STOYANOV
MARTIN ŠULÍK & JURAJ JOHANIDES
sú filmoví tvorcovia
je spisovateľ a riaditeľ Goethe Institut Bratislava
is writer and director of Goethe Institut Bratislava
je hudobník a filmový tvorca
is musician and movie-maker