audio/visual arts film
SIC: Public Presentation
SoundImageCulture (SIC) is an international arts workshop focused on artistic-anthropological research and support for documentary art forms. Each year in December the participants present their projects to the public.
Theory Of Hapiness – Gregory Gan
82 minutes, 2014
In a remote village outside the city of Khiarkov, Ukraine, a small but passionate group of people are fighting an ideological war. Their weapons? Hoes and shovels, pickaxes and spades turned towards the soil. Their rhetoric? Political poetry meant to enlighten the masses. Their goal? Universal happiness.
The filmmaker explores what it means to become a participant, gaining acceptance and making friends, and coming to terms with loneliness and loss. In the process, he meets a number of characters whose tell their story: an overweight young woman vying for acceptance from the leaders, who becomes his confidante, the leader of the sect, who attempts to exercise her authority, the shepherd, the milklady, the farmhand. Together, they weave a complex story that explores the themes of power and subordination, suffering and happiness.
Gregory Gan was born in Moscow, in the former Soviet Union, at the beginning of the perestroika era. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he emigrated with his mother, first to France, and then to Canada, where he spent his young adult life. Interest in both anthropology and film congealed in his graduate work, when he began to research the life histories of women of the Russian intelligentsia. In the resulting film, Turning Back the Waves (2010). Currently, Gregory is continuing his studies as a PhD student in visual anthropology, developing an ethnographic project on the Russian diaspora, which will also be the focus of his next feature-length film, as a way to understand both a tumultuous period in present-day Russia, and his own displacements and cross-cultural transitions.
The last Super 8 film – Dan Oki
83 minutes, 2015
The last Super 8 film consists of films shot in the period of some thirty years. Some of the works were immediately conceived as films, while most of them belonged to private recordings. As from a teenager, I was growing into an adult, and middle age man, the forms and contents of these films have changed; from home movies to structural reels, from frame by frame animation to fixation frames, feature contents, own little performances, crucial and incidental circumstances, to meditative sights cut through by pure documenting of life.
The last Super 8 film is a personal betrayal of a sacred kind, in which cinematic is being reconstituted by deadly reverse embrace of memory and forgetting. Film document recreated from the broken mirror of forgotten identities and vocations. Deep dive into the loss of mental territory that has actually never existed, voyage through the oblivion as homeland of consciousness.
Dan Oki, born in Zadar
Slobodan Jokic, artist name Dan Oki. Filmmaker and visual artist, full professor of film and electronic arts at the University of Split and Zagreb. Belonging to the generation of artists who in 1990s in Amsterdam who worked with film and photography, made cinematographic databases and interactive video. Made four independent feature films: Oxygen4, The Performance, The Dark and The Farewell. His films have been shown at Festivals like Motovun Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, New York; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Image Forum Film Festival, Tokyo; Pula Film Festival; SEE Film Festival, Los Angeles; European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck, etc. The last Super 8 film is his first documentary.
►19:30 – 21:00 Theory of Hapiness – Gregory Gan
►21:00- 21:30 break
►21:30 -23:00 The last super 8 film – Dan Oki
SoundImageCulture is supported by the Flemish Community, the Flemish Community of Brussels and has a partnership with Beursschouwburg, Pianofabriek and Argos Centre for Art and Media.