Station, 8mm film found on a flea-market in Belgrade, was accepted
among the members of the multimedia group Kosmoplovci as a piece of powerfull
poetry as it was, so they decided not to make any interventions on it,
but to record it again and underline it with original music. The old 8mm
(promo-educational) film about the construction of the first satelite
station in former Yugoslavia in late seventies, contains a sort of introduction
which is a contemporary survey on history of human kind through history
of comunications, and also offers a vision of promissing future.
Filmed process of Japanese and Yugoslav engineers building
together a huge technological miracle in deep yugoslav province, with
touching seriousness and dedication, depicts not only (now lost) naivety
in faith in progress, but also reviels certain specific beauty in simplified
design of the material which was meant to impress and fascinate. The station,
officially opened by president Tito himself, looks like a futuristic monument
of hopes and expectations.
To record it again by web-cam, symbolically, as a confirmation
of the significance of the only left document of its existance ( it was
destroyed during the war in 1999.), and to follow the fascinating rythm
of rising concrete sceleton by Corrosion
music, was a way to bring its monumental function back. The strongest
impression is the aesthetic domination of the construction growing into
an element of spring landscape and shining through expected future time.
Playing with spectator' s ability to empathize, avoiding
any sort of focalization and comment, Kosmoplovci also achieved a certain
paradoxal symbiosis of compassion and irony, showing how easy it is to
turn expected future to unexpected past, so the station becomes a metaphore
of the grotesque contrast between two aspects of the same time period:
expected and realised.
was screened for the first time in October Art Saloon in Belgrade 2001.
is a group of artists who are experimenting with digital forms and alternative
comics, web design, video and music. It was founded in 2001. by joining
already active computer demo groups (Corrosion)
with alternative comic authors (StudioStrip).
[54mb divx avi, 128k mp3 audio
playtime: 14 minutes]
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