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teaser Non omnis
Dir Irmina Rusicka
Poland
2015
An attempt at painting the words Non omnis moriar on a hot wall with a brush and water; it refers to the desire to leave a permanent and meaningful trace of one’s existence. The phrase comes from Horace’s Odes and means I shall not all die.
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REVIEW OF OUT OF COMPETITION FILMS # 1 + introduction
Place: LAZNIA 2, str. Strajku Dokerow 5, New Port, Gdansk, KINOPORT
 
1. Assaf Gruber, Story of a Scared State, 2016, Israel / Germany, 27 min
 
 
“It is in your blood to take control!”. A Chinese art restorer points his finger at a Polish museum director, who is begging him for a credit. ”We are no Jews”, she replies, “we just run the museum of their history.” Assaf Gruber’s new theatrical performance, Story of a Scared State (2016) takes place in Wólka Kosowska, the largest center of wholesale trade in Central and Eastern Europe, which was founded by Chinese businessmen in the early 1990s. The warehouses, located not far from Warsaw, serve as a symptomatic backdrop for the artist’s investigation into the exercise of power. Representatives of the POLIN Museum of History of Polish Jews need to negotiate an urgent shipment of a vandalised memorial of Jan Karski, famous Polish World War II resistance fighter, with the art production company Red Dawn – funnily enough, named after a Hollywood blockbuster about World War III. Arguments ranging from art’s sake to dead national heroes (Polish, not Jews!) fall flat as the same retort comes back over and over again: “You pay, you get; you don’t pay, you don’t get.” In this awkward Brechtian battlefield, where the politically correct does not lie where we expect it, Gruber confronts us with politics in actu. Because politics occur out of place – as Jacques Rancière puts it, “when the boundary separating the political from the social or the public from the domestic is put into question”. A 73-year-old security guard from the Old Masters Picture Gallery in Dresden writes a letter to the director of the Muzeum Sztuki of Łódź, requesting to volunteer as a security guard there. The fourth in a series of short films entitled “The Anonymity of the Night”, “The Right” is a fictional story framed by historical sentiments. The ostensible reason for the security guard’s wish for a transfer – apart from her personal history as a Polish-German refugee in the 1940s – is the Łódź museum’s collection of avant-garde pieces by “a.r.” (“revolutionary artists”, “real avant-garde”), one of the most renowned leftist Polish avant-garde groups of the interwar period, which she values much more highly than the old masters in the Caravaggisti room in Dresden, where she is currently placed.
Production: Caroline Kirberg, Berlin
Actress: Sabine Wackernagel
Voice Over: Ewa Dalkowska
Script: Assaf Gruber
Director of photography: Shai Levi
Art department: Nina Mielcarczyk
Sound recordist: Tom Schoen
Sound editor: Igor Klaczynski
 
Assaf Gruber (born 1980 in Jerusalem) is an artist and filmmaker who works and lives in Berlin. He studied at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and is a graduate of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris. Gruber won many awards and scholarships including the Israel Lottery Council for Culture and Arts (2015) and upon graduation in Paris he won the first prize of Les amis des beaux-arts de Paris. He then moved to Belgium to participate in the postgraduate program of the HISK (Higher Institute of Fine Arts of Ghent). In 2012 he was a resident at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien and he obtained a fellowship granted by the Akademie der Künste in Berlin (2013). His work has been shown in international Biennales and group exhibitions in venues such as Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2015), POLIN Museum, Warsaw (2016) and MOCA Belgrade (2016). In 2015, his film series The Anonymity of the Night was the subject matter for a large solo exhibition at the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Poland. His films have been featured in festivals including Berlinale Film Festival (2016), Lo schermo dell arte Film Festival (2016), Florence and the International Short film Festival of Oberhausen (2016).
 
 
2. Bartosz Zaskórski , A Village with Sounds (WIEŚ Z DŹWIĘKAMI), 2017, Poland, 02:08
 
A made-up research on the made-up villages conducted using made-up and undefined methodology. The word "village" is here a tentative (in terms of possible associations connected with the word) starting point: the village turns out to be an isolated realm, studied by an invisible researcher, whose reality is defined by the inhabitants' fixations.
Located among the woodlands, the village’s inhabitants are occupied with gathering, spending most of their time in the forest, searching for and collecting mechanic and electronic devices. The origin of most of these devices is unknown. Found in foxholes, under pine trees, in marshes or entangled in the deep hyphae of mycelium, perceived as sacred and worshipped in a very peculiar way (images of Catholic saints perched on the fruiting bodies), the devices are used for generating funny, strange, often deceitful and sometimes slightly scary sounds, such as chirping, shuffling and gurgling. The sounds are often recorded on spools that are then buried in the field where grain and potatoes are cultivated.
 
2. Bartosz Zaskórski , A Village with Dancing Buses (WIEŚ Z TAŃCZĄCYMI AUTOBUSAMI), 2017, Poland, 03:33
 
Fictitious research on fictitious villages conducted using fictitious and undefined methodology. The word "village" is here a tentative (in terms of possible associations connected with the word) starting point; the village turns out to be an isolated realm, studied by an invisible researcher, whose reality is defined by the inhabitants' fixations.
 
Bartosz Zaskórski, born in 1987, inhabitant of small polish village Żytno and a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. He specializes in narrative drawing, narrative audio plays writing and recording, music album cover art, book design, as well as audio installations. He is the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków PhD student in Dariusz Vasina and Jakub Woynarowicz workshop. As a musician he performs as 'Mchy i Porosty', playing quirky, melancholic danceable music. Recently his first vinyl record was released by Brutaż label. The record tells the story of a black beach. Selected exhibitions and awards: Grand Prix Młode Wilki, the Academy of Arts in Szczecin, 2015, Individual exhibition "The story of a pipe and other love stories", CSW Chronicle, Bytom, 2016, Individual exhibition "And then it turned out that I died", CSW Ujazdowski Castle, Warszawa, 2016, Joint exhibition "Snakes, daggers and rose petals", Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, 2016, First award of Przypływ competition, Art Main Station, Wrocław, 2016, Joint exhibition "Late Polishness. Forms of national identity after 1989", CSW Ujazdowski Castle, Warszawa, 2017
 
 
3. Tymek Bryndal, Ojcze nasz, 2017, Poland, 1:21
 
A video from the artist’s „Wingdings” series is an attempt at translating texts important for the Polish nation into the universal language of symbols and pictograms that served as a bridge between civilizations  . Through decoding their sign systems, it was possible to decipher works essential to cultures very distant from one another and gain insights into the value systems of their creators.
It may well be that this attempt at transcribing historically important narratives will one day lead to understanding of the Polish identity. Using the freely accessible Wingdings font, the artist ‘translated’ three texts that present the universal spirit of our nation: “Our Father” prayer, the national anthem and a disco polo hit “All Poles” (“Wszyscy Polacy”).
 
Tymek Bryndal (b. 1992r. in Toronto) is an artist and musician currently based in Warsaw. He is a student at the New Media Department at Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts. He employs a number of media in his works, ranging from photography through video and graphic design. Acute observation coupled with the artist’s distanced perspective are characteristic for Bryndal’s artworks, which are often bear a veneer of humour and cynism. As a musician, the artist’s main instrument is a double bass. Bryndal is a member of Pokusa, a free jazz trio.
 
 
 
4. Anna Mendes, ON DRAWING, 2016,  USA, 09:53
On Drawning’ is a video filmed with Mina Pegourie, the housemaid of an artist residence that I attended in France, in 2014. Mina is originally from Morocco, but has been living in France, since the age of 12 years old. Since she is unable to read or write, her address book is composed simply of contact numbers alongside corresponding drawings. I became fascinated by the beauty and simplicity her drawings, together with the logic behind her methods as a survival tool. Thus, I recorded several shots in which she presents the drawings in her address book together with the story behind each one. I wish to submit this work, as I believe that it addresses the connection between images and words in a real/touching and imaginative way. The way Mina overcome her impossibility shows great sensibility.

Ana Mendes is a visual artist who studied animation film, at La Poudriere – Ecole du Film d’Animation, Valence/FR (2008), photography at Bauhaus University, Weimar/DE (2012), and finished an M. A. in Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College, UK (2011). Mendes works in video, performance, photography and installation to speak about issues such as language, identity and memory. Her work has been exhibited at the MAAT Museum, Lisbon/PT; Kunsthal NORD, Aalborg/DK; Peter Robertson Gallery, Alberta/CA. Selected awards include: ‘Mac International Ulster Bank Prize 2016’, finalist, Belfast/IE, 2016; ‘Special Mention Prize Jury Fuso/MAAT Museum, Edp Foundation’, Fuso – International Video Art Festival, Lisbon, PT, 2016; Fellowship Akademie Solitude, Stuttgart/DE 2015/16.
 
 
5. Anna Wańtuch, Filip Wańtuch, HOT/HER KC 11, 2017, Poland, 02:08, 2:43
6. Anna Wańtuch, Filip Wańtuch, HOT/HER KC12, 2017, Poland, 2:43
Each week presented with new video. Almost the same shots, almost the same person, observing
and commenting bigger and smaller changes occurring every week, coming from both physicality and emotional states. Documentation of very private and individual events but not free from influence of specific socio-cultural environment. Observation of fluidity of body and mind, with constant questioning of borders of ones identity. Fa Kolektyw presents process of own, intimate experiences connected with expecting a child. Kind of pregnancy calendar in episodes, transforming way of being touched by changes and environment. Photographs and video intimate documentation of each week of pregnancy starting in 11th week and planned to continue until childbirth.
 
Fa Kolektyw is created by Anna Wańtuch and Filip Wańtuch. They are cooperating together in everyday, parental and artistic life. They already helped each other in realization of different projects, but in case of Mot/her Kc they work as collective for a first time, aiming to prepare common work.
 
Anna Wańtuch- dancer, performer, dance and Contakids teacher. Co-author of interactive performance for on viewer with director Maria Kwiecień: „Słowa do tańca” (Words for dance), premiere in may 2016 at OFF Contest at 37th Stage Songs Review in Wrocław. I Prepared performances entitled „Postnatal Project”with little child, experimenting with finding some modes of moving together. In 2015 it became part of „Familly affair” project by Zimmerfrei. I took part in residency Dance Moves Cities, a cyclic choreographic laboratory conducted by invited international choreographers. I participated in workshops conducted by Christine de Smedt, Wojtek Ziemilski and actors of Cricot 2: Marie Vayssiere and Ludmiła Ryba. I graduated Philosophy and Film Studies at Jagiellonian University and Qualification course for contemporary dance. At the beginning of 2016 I became certified Contakids teacher. In 2003-2014 soloist of The DF Dance Theater, in 2009-2011 dancer of Court Ballet „Cracovia Danza”. I collaborated with Ryszard Paprocki (Polish 3d painter) preparing and dancing choreography on his painting in Krosno. Co-initiator of workshops organized by Prof. Krystyna Wilkoszewska in Department of Esthetics at UJ, which aimed to encourage collaboration of theorists and dancers.
 
Filip Wańtuch - graduated Graphics Art The Faculty of Art Pedagogical University of Cracow. For diploma he prepared interactive book for Grimms' Fairy Tales. He is interested in posters, among his cooperations is project „Czytanie na drugie śniadanie” with Provincial Library in Zielona Góra. He is author of films and animations for dance performance with The DF Dance Theater, among which are: „Mój Vincent cz. 3”, „Lulilulilajka”, „Truskawkowa” and promotional films for that company. In 2010 he designed and made set design for performance „Luminesmachia” for choreographer Katarzyna Skawińska. He is master of keeping in frame uncatchable children running in different directions. He has unique patience in photography. Currently he is working as property master in production of tv programs.
 
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Festival IN OUT
11 IN OUT FESTIVAL 2017 word/image
Experiments/Short video forms / Documentaries
 
Festival In Out is a cyclic project of Centre for Contemporary Art, organized since 2005. As part of the festival will be held lectures, film screenings, concerts and open, international contest for the best: video works, experiments, documents.
This year we invite artists to take part in the contest for the best:
Animations/Documentaries/Short films/ Experiments/ Videoideo forms with the theme: word/image

The contest has two stages, during the first one, until 10th of April 2017 the jury will choose 20 artists whose works would qualify to the second stage and those will be presented during the reviews at LAZNIA CCA. Artists will be invited to the contest in Gdańsk.
 
Awards:
First prize in amount of 5000 PLN funded by the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship Mieczysław Struk
Second prize  in amount of 4 000 PLN funded by the LAZNIA CCA
In addition to the prize money will be awarded honorable mentions. The best video works will be released on DVD.
 
 
The contests is directed at visual and film artists over 18.
Duration of the video: from 1 to 20 minutes.
The work should not be older than 3 years.

Deadline for applications with legibly filled with attachments is the 27th of March 2017.
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