Post-socialism + Retroavant garde + Irwin (1997)

The video is based on the philosophical text Mapping Post-socialism by Marina Grzinic that is a kind of philosophical-media reflection (tractates) about the cultural-artistic and political space – about the condition of post-socialism in the territory of ex-Yugoslavia in the 1980s and 1990s. Three artists – art group respectively coming from Ljubljana – (IRWIN), Zagreb (Mladen Stilinovic) and Belgrade (the artist known only by his fake name, as “Kasimir Malevich”) with their artistic projects and especially with their relation to the socialist and post-socialist ideology code in a specific way the ex-Yugoslavia space – territory. RETROAVANTGARDA is the result of this coding process: retroavantgarda is a specific aesthetic and social movement produced by these artists and some other coming from Eastern Europe in the recent period. The video is filled and mixed by some exclusive documentary materials, as well as by statements by two important philosophers the Slovenian Slavoj Zizek and the German/Austrian Peter Weibel and with the statements of the group IRWIN.
video, Betacam SP PAL, 22.05 min, colour,
produced by TV SLOVENIA, 1997
written and directed by: Marina Grzinic, Aina Smid
based on the essay Mapping Post-socialism
by Marina Grzinic
actors/performers: Milena Zupancic, Jernej Sugman, Slavoj Zizek, Peter Weibel, group IRWIN
camera by: Jure Nemec
editing by: Zvone Judez
sound by: Damijan Kunej
music by: different authors-mixed by Grzinic/Smid
spoken languages: Slovenian and English;
subtitled versions: English and German
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