Slovenia / Duration 11m 31s / 2012
Framing the Space was shot at Vila Bled, the summer residence to Yugoslavia’s President Tito. In its past, the building underwent numerous redesigns concurrent with national cultural and political imperatives. In 1930s it served the King of Yugoslavia, then the Nazi Jugend during the war. Tito entrusted its post second world war re-design to his official state architect, who had the task of transforming the building into a new, modernist architecture, deemed fit to illustrate a new national formation.
Framing the Space presents a debate between the architect and a western journalist Linda whilst they are wondering through the building. The debate is based on documents found amongst the architect’s estate and the Slovene parliament’s archives and it presents a conversation between the two characters about architectural theories mixed with questions of national representation.
The theoretical debate around ideological vision lies in opposite to the period melodrama type delivery and aesthetic and points to the exoticism that political specificity is subjected to in the eyes of the contemporary condition.
Framing the Space investigates two key moments within the construction and survival of national icons and their myths, namely their invention and the chosen architectonic context that channels their perception towards the spectator/audience.
Working between London and Ljubljana, Jasmina Cibic is one of a new generation of Slovenian artists whose practice, although acutely conscious of a specific national political, cultural and artistic lineage creates a very distinctive language of its own. Whilst she clearly shares and addresses some of the same theoretical and political concerns present in the work of other artists from a post-communist Europe, Cibic operates within a global rather than nationalized discourse. Her work is site and context specific, performative in nature and employs a range of activity, media and theatrical tactics to redefine or reconsider an existent environment and its politics.
Her recent projects and exhibitions include “For Our Economy and Culture”, Slovenian pavilion, 55th Venice Biennial; Musée national d’histoire et d’art, Luxembourg; 3oth International Graphics Biennial Ljubljana; “October Salon”, Belgrade; “U3 – 7th Triennial of Contemporary Art”, MSUM, Ljubljana; Dokfest – Kulturbahfhof, Kassel; Joanneum Museum Graz; California College of the Arts, San Francisco; Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana; Galerija Škuc, Ljubljana. Her films have recently been screened at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; KORO Oslo; Les Rencontres Internationales, Palais de Tokyo et à la Gaîté Lyrique, Paris; Copenhagen International Documentary Festival and Cinema Program at Art Brussels.
Outcasting: Fourth Wall (O:4W) is the first artists’ moving image festival for Cardiff, Wales. The festival commissions new site specific work and has regular screenings around the city and beyond.
O:4W is funded by the Arts Council of Wales Festival Fund and Cardiff Contemporary.
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