Video, art films, performances and meetings with artists from Germany and Bulgaria
Institute of Contemporary Art - Sofia, 134 Vasil Levski Blvd., Mon-Sun, 3 pm-7pm;
Credo Bonum Gallery, 2 Slavyanska Street, Mon-Sun, 11 am-7pm;
Bobbina Space, 5 Triaditsa Street (underground floor), Mon-Sun, 3 pm-7pm;
Goethe-Institut Bulgaria, 1 Budapest Street.
August 23, 18:00-21:00 - opening, curatorial tour of the three locations and performance of Stella Geppert in ICA-Sofia;
August 24, 19:00-22:00, Goethe-Institut - Conversation with the collector Mario von Kelterborn, screening of art films from Bulgaria "Shooting Ghosts" (part 1)
August 25, 19:00-21:00, Goethe-Institut - Screening of art films from Bulgaria "Shooting Ghosts" (part 2)
August 26, 19:00-21:00, Goethe-Institut - Performances by Kirstin Burckhardt, Evamaria Schaller and Sevda Semer;
August 28, 19:00-20:30, Bobbina Space - Conversation with Teboho Edkins.
*** Parallel program: "Becoming a Figure", exhibition of Veneta Androva and Peter Odinzov, Goethe-Institut Bulgaria
Moving Images Moving Bodies started as an exhibition project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria, aiming to present video art from Bulgaria and Germany. The unusual year of 2020 changed the plans, but instead of thwarting it, it allowed the project to grow and develop. After two curatorial selections by Ludwig Seyfarth, Kalin Serapionov and Krassimir Terziev with films by nearly 20 authors, a "video art week" with an exhibition at three locations, performances, meetings and evening screenings is now forthcoming.
Between August 23 and August 29, the Institute of Contemporary Art - Sofia, Credo Bonum Gallery and the independent space Bobbina will host an exhibition featuring authors Boryana Petkova, Dimitar Solakov, Evamaria Schaller, Kamen Stoyanov, Kirstin Burckhardt, Mina Minov, Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova, Sevda Semer, Stella Geppert und Teboho Edkins. At each of the locations there will be a performance and talks with the participating artists.
At the same time, evening screenings of Bulgarian art films will take place at the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria, and the exhibition "Becoming a Figure" by Veneta Androva and Peter Odinzov will be seen as an accompanying event.
Video art began to develop when the first portable video camera appeared on the US market in 1967. Along with technical experiments, theatrical performances are also documented, which, like ordinary physical performances, are often held only to be recorded. In the beginning, Bulgarian video art was also strongly influenced by performance and the study of the human body, although here too the line between documentation and independent video art is often mimicked.
Today, technical opportunities, including those for digital manipulation, have expanded endlessly and are available where previously political boundaries have created differences in technological status. The topic of the human body, also related to the study of interpersonal relationships, is still the main focus of video art or the art of working with moving images. Examples from the current cultural scene in Bulgaria and Germany show this.