Critique of Pure Image - Between Fake and Quotation

The Program: Theoretical Symposium, Performances and Openair Screening

Curated by Dimitrina Sevova

8 October-8 November 2005

Center for Contemporary Art "Ancient Baths"/"Bania Starinna", Plovdiv, Bulgaria and two further locations in town: billboard at the corner Blvd “6-i septemvri”/Main Street; installations in the main hall of the central train station.

Friday, 7 October

18:30h Opening of the exhibition “Critique of Pure Image – Between Fake and Quotation,” curated by Dimitrina Sevova, at the Old Baths/Bania Starinna; additional locations of the exhibition: billboard at the corner Blvd “6-i septemvri”/Main Street; installations in the main hall of the central train station. The exhibition will be open to visitors from the opening on 7 October to 8 November.

19:00h Performance “Second Hand” by Sexismus Productions, Zurich, at the Old Baths/Bania Starinna

20:00h Party with DJ Pauline Boudry

22:00h Cinema projection: Surprise Movie

Saturday, 8 October

11:00h Opening of the Theoretical Symposium by Dimitrina Sevova (curator of the project)

11:30h Oliver Kielmayer, curator and art theorist, Zurich, Switzerland: Lecture on the conception of the media project “WeAreTheArtists”

12:30h Peter Zorn, independent film-maker, curator and media theorist, Werkleitz/Halle, Germany: Lecture “The Image as Common Property”

13:30h Alice Cantaluppi, independent curator, art producer and theorist, Zurich, Switzerland: Lecture “Reinventions of History” (canceled)

14:30h Lunch buffet

15:30h Dr. Klaus Schönberger, media theorist, Internet anthropologist, Scientifi c Coordinator of the Forschungskolleg Kulturwissenschaftliche Technikforschung, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany: Lecture “Apparently Un-True – or How False Online Information Creates True (Real-Life) Events”

16:30h Rudi Maier, media theorist and activist, anthropologist, Ludwigsburg, Germany: Lecture “that’s revolution – on ads and revolt”

17:30h Discussion

19:00h Performance “Who shot Immanence? On The Dynamics Of Appropriation And Intervention In The Work Of Georg Paul Thomann” by Monochrom (Johannes Grenzfurthner & Günther Friesinger), Vienna, Austria

Sunday, 9 October

11:00h Maria Draghici, artist, Bucharest, Romania: Lecture “Family Archive”

12:00h Etoy.ZAI and Etoy.HAEFLIGER, media artists and corporate activists: Lecture on etoy.HISTORY and the etoy. PERSPECTIVE on the culture of fakes and quotations, and on how important it is to Etoy not to fake, but rather to lastingly manipulate reality in order to change values

13:00h Vencislav Zankov, artist, independent curator, media activist and theorist, lecturer at the New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria: Lecture on the “E80 Exit Strategies & Projects” and the “Close up” discussion club

14:00h Lunch buffet

15:00h Monochrom (Johannes Grenzfurthner & Günther Friesinger), media artists, theorists and activists, Vienna, Austria: Lecture “The Life and Work of Georg Paul Thomann”

16:00h Mirjam Wirz, photographer and artist: Lecture “An Alternative to the Idea of Market Failure”

17:00h Sexismus Productions (Sabina Baumann, artist; Gaby Baldinger, journalist; Lilian Räber, journalist), Zurich, Switzerland: Game “The Sloppy Copy”

18:00h-19:00h Discussion

21:30h Openair Screening curated and selected by Dimitrina Sevova: Selection of Short Videos, on the main street of Plovdiv near the municipality building

Films by:
Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz: sometimes you fight for the world, sometimes you fight for yourself; 5 min., 2004; music: flying lizzards
David Crawford: Dance to the Radio; music: Joy Division
Daniel Lo Iacono: Digitalsnapshots - Minute Manipulations of Space,
Place and Time; 4 min., 2003
from a selection by Emil Miraztchiev:
Yavor Gardev: Bedspotting; 2002
Plamen Solomonski: PS tv market; 2004
Kamen Stoyanov: Hello Lenin; 2003
from a selection by Athanasia Kyriakakos:
Lina Theodorou: Addiction; 3 min., 2005
Ioanna Myrka: Game; 1’59’’, 2004
Chi-Jang Yin: ICON; 4’30’’, 2005
Morgan Showalter: Smoke; 3’15’’, 2004

Monday, 10 October

11:00h David Crawford, media artist and theorist, Chicago, USA/ Göteborg, Sweden: Lecture “Stop Motion Studies: Script, Performance, and Montage”

12:00h LK47 (Florian Agalli, independent curator and artist; Eri Daka, artist): Lecture on the artistic and curatorial practice of LK47 in Kosovo

13:00h Indymedia Sofia, media activists, Sofia, Bulgaria: Presentation of the indymedia idea and practice and of Indymedia Bulgaria in the global context

14:00h Lunch buffet

15:00h Pauline Boudry, artist, theorist, musician; Brigitta Kuster, artist, theorist; Renate Lorenz, independent curator, theorist, artist, Berlin, Germany/Zurich, Switzerland: Lecture on fakes and quotations in “copy me – i want to travel”

16:00h Karin Michalski, independent film-maker, Berlin, Germany: Lecture “women and queeries speak up – attempts to create feminist and queer media spaces”

17:00h Tim Zulauf, artist, theater author and director, art theorist, lecturer at the University of Art and Design Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland: Lecture and performance “Imitate Yourself”

18:00h Nina Stuhldreher, artist and reality researcher, Vienna, Austria: Multimedia lecture-performance “I’ve Seen My Body Electric or How Subcultural is my Body Intelligence?”

19:00h Discussion

20:00h Euro-Bear Drink Party, with a bar-performance by Emil Miraztchiev, and the “Hugging Performance” by Athanasia Kyriakakos

22:00h Cinema projection: Surprise Movie