Dušica Dražić & Wim Janssen
Dušica Dražić’s art practice primarily encompasses installations combining objects and video. Her works thematise spatial irregularities that offer possibilities for transformation. Wim Janssen works with a cross section of technologies and investigates the functions of audiovisual media. He usually presents the results of his investigations in the form of installations, video, or film.
Inspired by the revived, growing interest in analogue media as well as their history and social function, the artistic duo’s "Projektor" scrutinises the role of one particular model of the 35-mm motion-picture projector, the NP-21, made by the Slovenian company Iskra. The significance of the said projector cannot be fully grasped without first being familiar with the peculiarities of the time and place out of which it arose. The post-war period in former Yugoslavia was characterised by industry, with state industrialisation setting the foundation for economic and development policies. Fascinated by the technology as well as Lenin’s conception of film as the most important of the art forms with its potential to serve as an agitation and propaganda tool, the first post-war Yugoslav leadership launched its own film production through Avala Film in Serbia, Triglav Film in Slovenia, and Jadran Film in Croatia. The renovation of former cinema halls and the construction of numerous new ones turned the motion-picture projector into a technological icon. Iskra designed and planned a programme for the manufacture of its line of motion-picture projectors as early as 1945. In the following decade, it commenced the mass production of projectors including the legendary NP-21.
For this project, the artists took apart an original model of the NP-21 projector and made a separate mould for each of its components, which were then cast in bronze and finally reassembled into a new, fully functional motion-picture projector. The artists recorded the production process and play the film using their newly created bronze projector. A unique feature of their work is the feedback loop in the installation. The film documents the making of the projector, while the latter screens the process of its own making. Thus, the content of the work becomes its form and vice versa. Another unique feature, perhaps, has to do with the material itself. Since it is made of bronze, the projector may be seen as a monument to a certain era, more specifically, the era of analogue film. In this sense, it could also be considered a relic of an abandoned technology and a country long gone. However, used as a working copy the bronze-cast projector is not just a mere relic but a fully operational device. What further distinguishes it from the original is the precious material of which it is made and through which it connects the past with modern times, looking very much like some popular specimen in a vintage collection.
Video projection will start at every full hour.
Production: Wim JanssenCo-production: Cats and Dogs production, WerktankArtists: Dušica Dražić, Wim JanssenDirector of photography: Hannes BoeckGrip and Light: Jasper JanssensSupport of: Flemish Audiovisual Fund, Flemish authorities, Claerbout studio, Film Center Serbia, Republic of Serbia – Ministry of Culture and Information, Cultural Centre of Obrenovac, Yugoslav Film Archive, Austrian Cultural Forum Belgrade, Austrian Cultural Forum Brussels, Courtisane
Special thanks to: Foundry Ljubisavljević (Dragan Ljubisavljević, Milivoje Đorđević), ACS Kinoakustika, Novi metal, DeJonghe Film postproduction
The installation "Projektor" is a part of the project Kinodvor 10 and INDIGO, Festival of Contemporary Ideas. Support: Flanders State of the Art.
Monday, Saturday, Sunday: Closed