future past - past future

future past - past future

25.01.–02.02.2014 SUPERMARKT
Berlin
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2013 / Black Balloons / HD-video / Sound / Color / 1:10

Black Balloons

Artist

Pravdoliub Ivanov

Description
The work is based on a short footage filmed during one of the everyday peaceful, anti-government demonstrations in the summer of 2013 in Sofia. On that particular day, one of the protestors brought hundreds of black balloons distributing them among the people. They blew them up and later, marching by the building of the Parliament, heavily fenced and blocked by the police forces, began throwing their balloons into the guarded area.

The speed of the movie is slowed down and this mainly affects the recorded noise, since the policemen were motionless. No additional effects were added to the sound, which appears almost as eerie as the display of the state power.
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2013 / Living with Leviathan / Video / Sound / Color / 11:25

Living with Leviathan

Artist

Şirin Bahar Demirel

Description
"Because when ordinary people who share funny cat videos on social media start to spread information about what to do in case of being taken into custody, it is called state terrorism."

This is a personal story about a nationwide uprising, the Occupy Gezi movement in Turkey in the summer of 2013. More of an open letter, this video intends to show how we, the young Turkish protestors, are trying to build a possible tomorrow where the future would be simply better.

It's a dark but hopeful story.
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2013 / Future Idea / air action in the sky of Sofia / Video / no sound / color / 104:00
light installation (Christopher Columbus Blvd) / lightbox / 80x120cm

Future Idea

Artist

Kamen Stoyanov

Description
A flying human in flex wing with a motor is pulling a banner with an arrow on it over the city of Sofia. One can also say that the arrow which represents the idea is pushing the airplane. The two hour air action realized by Kamen Stoyanov is a response to the current political climate in Bulgaria. The Future Idea expresses his wish to move beyond, for an expansion of the horizon and a search for a direction. What looks like a line might appear as a circle depending on where and how long you stand, in which direction and how fast you move.
2011 / Feedback for Atlas – An accident waiting to happen / Mixed-media Installation

Feedback for Atlas – An accident waiting to happen

Artist

The Erasers

Description
The installation examines the relationship between the digital and the physical by capturing the image of the earth in an endless loop. Taking into consideration Virilio's idea that every invention cannot exist without entailing a potential for accident, this installation provides a basis to rethink the status of technology and the accidents that it may contain. Feedback is a process in which information about the past or the present influences the same phenomenon in the present or future. As part of a chain of cause-and-effect that forms a circuit or loop, the event is said to "feed back" into itself. If the digital is reproducing the physical in an identical manner, what then will happen?
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2011-2013 / Bright Future in the Year of our Discontent / installation

Bright Future in the Year of Our Discontent

Artist

NAGLEDNA

Description
It all started in 2011 as a series of workshops, activities, presentations and projections on political topics. Through them NAGLEDNA shared ideas and comments on the social reality and the ever-changing urban surroundings. The public was also given a platform to express their thoughts. Proven methods of propaganda were used; political typography, posters, movies, clothing and other old advertising techniques, combined with contemporary means, so that the messages could reach more people. In complete form, this development is illustrated in the projects "Bright Future" and "The Year of our Discontent".
2013 / Horizons / Neon / 25 cm x ~1300 cm

Horizons

Artist

Egemen Demirci

Description
Egemen Demirci investigates the conceptual limits and politics of space and spatial perception in the context of contemporary art referring to architectural realities, topographic scenarios, and urban transformation. Recently, he has been interested in moments of change and crisis and how they are socially and politically connected to each other. He focuses strongly on the perception of reality as one of the fundamental concerns of politics and talks about the contradictory situation resulting from a detachment from reality, where we are surrounded by things that are variable and constructed.
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2011 / Sequence Error / Video / Sound / Color / 11:00

Sequence Error

Artist

George Drivas

Description
Sequence Error (Computer Science) is an error that arises when the arrangement of items in a set, does not follow a specified order.

Sequence Error is inspired by the well known Karl Marx quote, "History repeats itself first as tragedy and then as farce", and re-uses parts of two famous speeches of the 20th century delivered by Che Guevara (1963) and George Marshall (1947). In a contemporary corporate environment and on the occasion of a sudden system crisis, two leaders of two different groups (workers vs. executives) deliver some parts of the two aforementioned speeches.
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2009 / High Blue Mountains, Rivers And Golden Plains / Video / Sound / Color / 11:00

High Blue Mountains, Rivers and Golden Plains

Artist

Borjana Ventzislavova

Description
"High Blue Mountains, Rivers and Golden Plains" deals specifically with the poetry of Chalga songs (folk inspired dance music) which are performed in a sexist and pornographic aggressive manner and reflecting the political, socioeconomic and cultural reality in Bulgaria.

Nine young people are shown in different scenes reciting lyrics from Chalga songs. The backgrounds show scenes from neglected urban landscapes - concrete broken streets and muddy ground which is a typical environment for the ordinary man in Sofia.
The work focused on a section of the younger generation, and how it questions how this phenomenon has become a 'normal' part of Bulgarian life.
© Bill Balaskas, Courtesy of the artist and Kalfayan Galleries
© Bill Balaskas, Courtesy of the artist and Kalfayan Galleries
2013 / Re: Evolution / Mixed media installation

Re: Evolution

Artist

Bill Balaskas

Description
As a result of the new media and prompted by the economic crisis, people around the world have been increasingly organizing themselves into new communities that fight the dominance of capitalism in globalized politics. Re: Evolution synopsizes such goals in the ideologically charged form of a flag that combines the Soviet flag and the design of a computer. In an attempt to connect the past with the future, the work appears to be asking, despite all difficulties: could the politics of tomorrow be the result of the seemingly paradoxical combination of the products of capitalism (new media) and the visions of socialism? The work was first exhibited in the context of Bill Balaskas' nomination for the 2013 AUDI Art Award of Art Cologne (participation with Kalfayan Galleries, Athens - Thessaloniki).
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2013 / And we have arrived / Animation / 18:00

And we have arrived

Artist

Can Sungu, Malve Lippmann

Description
More than 50 years ago the first Turkish "guest workers" (Gastarbeiter) arrived in Germany; only for a temporary stay. Today, the fourth generation of these families is growing up there. The film brings together the youngest generation with the oldest one; with the seniors of the Turkish Community House in Frankfurt talking about their first impressions and experiences in Germany and the children interpreting the stories in collages made from 60's German magazines. All these images were animated and edited by the artists to create an animated documentary.
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2013 / Oiko-nomic Threads / Mixed-media Installation

Oiko-nomic Threads

Artist

Marinos Koutsomichalis
Afroditi Psarra
Maria Varela

Description
The collaborative project Oiko-nomic Threads addresses the notion of work through the production of a knitted textile. By rethinking and redefining the functionality of an outdated knitting machine and integrating it into a new system, the installation proposes a different way to approach seemingly obsolete production processes and the means of labour. The design of a generative textile is derived from data obtained from the national employment agency using selected patterns originally from Greek folk art. The produced textiles thus serve as materializations of archival information and as records of the current economic situation.

The work was created for the exhibition Afresh, A New Generation of Greek Artists organised by the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (24.10.13 - 2.3.14) with the support of the National Documentation Centre (ΕΚΤ), in the framework of the program "Creativity: Innovative Models of Production and Access" (CIMPA).
2013 / ArTM / 5 Digital prints

ArTM

Artist

Nur Balkır Kuru

Description
The Turkish Summer of 2013 was dominated by the Occupy Gezi movement. Nur Balkır Kuru was one of the witnesses of the night of May 31st, which marked a starting point for the protests and saw a climax of tension between the protesters and the police. When the artist started photographing the defiled ATM machines the following day, she was startled by their beauty. The broken ATM screens called out as unique abstract expressionist paintings. While at first glance seeming to aestheticize the violence of Gezi events, a language was found that expresses the tension and violence in detail.