On January 8, 2018 the artist Angela Melitopoulos, former student of Nam June Paik, will be a guest of the film series Temporal Disorder. In her lecture she will present, with audio-visual content as a background, her works Assemblages and Crossings, which can be located in the field of artistic research.
Melitopoulos works primarily with video essays, video installations and documentary film. One of her most important works, the installation at this year's documenta14, is likely to be Crossings. The fate of fugitives is the subject of the installation - the artist's ancestors also came to Greece from Turkey or were deported there. In 1999, Melitopoulos took up her own past in the video work Passing drama, while in Crossings she drew a connection to the Syrian refugees who are "stranded" in Greece and are therefore often subjected to severe trauma. The multi-channel video and audio installation relates the refugee drama to the Greek economic crisis. Pictures of gold mines in Greece can be seen, as well as emphatic video images from the refugee camps on Piraeus or Lesvos.
The artist's complex concepts - often enriched and realized through the theories and thoughts of the sociologist and philosopher Maurizio Lazzarato - reveal a veritable multitude of levels of reflection. On the one hand, her video works deal with the temporal media-specific relevance of video as well as its philosophical relationship to subjectivity, memory work and geography. In this context, her video essay Passing Drama (1999), based on the memories of political refugees, examines possible processes based on the connection between memory and forgetting. Imagination, dream orbit and search, an audiovisual oscillation between psychology and geography.
The film series is curated by Nicolas Rossi (Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf) and Clemens von Wedemeyer (Prof. for Media Art, class expanded cinema, Academy of Visual Arts). The film selection refers to the current exhibition of the GfZK The Present Order.
The event will take place in the GfZK auditorium.
Admission: € 3,-. The collection exhibition "The Present Order" can be visited from 19 o'clock with the entrance fee.