Day 1 > Hertog Nadler

Trailer for Nation for Two – TRT 15:16

‘Nation for Two’ portrays the idea that under the ground there are neither land borders nor entry permit required, and that literally – where there’s a will there’s a way,.

When we were kids there was this notion that if you would dig a straight hole into the ground you would end up in the other side of the planet. When we began working on this film project in 2008, we set two clear departure points (dessert and forest sceneries) while our final destination remained open.

The storyline follows the subterranean journey of a man and a woman, digging their way towards each other. We play the protagonists in this film and the traces they leave across the landscapes were also physically dug by us. It has been a long enduring process for us, in which we created stop-motion animation for the first time in combination with minimal, or shall we say linear, land art.

The traces left across these landscapes follow, to some extent, our parallel autobiographical journies towards each other between European and Middle-Eastern countries. In order to stay together we faced numerous bureaucratic obstacles, which essentially inspired this project with the idea that love knows neither nationality nor borders.

HERTOG NADLER — Chaja Hertog (Amsterdam 1978) & Nir Nadler (Haifa 1977) are an Amsterdam based artist duo, operating across disciplines of visual arts, performance and film. Their work explores relations between the natural and the artificial, between politics and poetics; combined with physicality, humor and the passage of time.

Apart from their partnership in art, Hertog and Nadler are also partners in life. Much like their different background, originate in Europe and the Middle East; their collaborative work is an attempt to rework two approaches into a single vision that contains some sort of contradiction.

Followed their graduation from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, Hertog received her MA from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague (ArtScience department), and Nadler received his MA in performance from DasArts, an internationally acclaimed program of the Amsterdam School of the Arts. They are fellows of Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Q21 – MuseumsQuartier Wien, and grant recipients of the Mondriaan Fund, Netherlands Film Fund and the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts. Hertog Nadler have been widely exhibited in institutes such as Kassel Kunstverein, Museum Arnhem, Kunsthall Stavanger, MoCA Taipei, CSW Toruń, Eyebeam NY, Godsbanen Aarhus, Janco Dada Museum, New York Live Arts, Moscow Museum Of Modern Art, the 6th Thessaloniki and Biennale and the 5th International Çanakkale Biennial. Their short films have been screened in numerous international film festivals and earned several awards.


David Webber

Letter I – TRT 2:01

The films in the Alphabet series explore direct animation and structural cinema. Using the 16mm celluloid as a canvas, the work explores the formal possibilities of film and the compositional strategies of time-based media. Direct or camera-less animation is a technique of working directly working on to the celluloid surface. I used the letters of the alphabet to organize the hundreds of experiments that explored the extended techniques of painting, scratching, or collaging directly onto film.

DAVID WEBBER is an Assistant Professor of New Media at the University of Central Oklahoma where he teaches photography, video, sound, installation and interactive art. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Webber received a BFA from School of the Museum of Fine Art and a MFA in Electronic Integrated Art from Alfred University. As an artist, Webber works primarily with time-based media and interactive installations. In his spare time he makes analog synthesizers and electro-acoustic music.

Vav Vavrek

Video Calibration – TRT 25:09

VIDEO CALIBRATION: a movie is an experimental narrative fiction work consisting of (re)contextualized appropriated footage from a carefully selected group of Hollywood films. Several actors play the same character throughout the story. A mortally wounded android detective relives his life through disjointed omniscient flashbacks. His mind tumbles through memories of lost love and unsolved cases as his life forces dissipate.

The films that were combined include: 8 Mile (2002), Angel Heart (1987) Blackmail (1929), Blade Runner (1982), Fargo (1996), Fletch Lives (1989), Ruckus (1981), Secret Agent (1936), The Man with the Golden Arm (1955).

Each shot was (re)filmed with a MiniDV camera off the screen of a CRT (tube) television. These were then linearly edited onto a single VHS cassette. This tape was played and paused through a projector (set incorrectly to SECAM video format) onto a 1950’s era silver reflective projection screen. This live mixing of the film was (re)recorded with a digital SLR camera at 1080p. This footage was further edited within Adobe Premier and After Effects. I created the soundtrack as a live performance on a simplified digital instrument synchronized with the action on screen. This version of the film is intended for screening.

VAV VAVREK — was born in wilkes barre, pennsylvania and grew up in the the shadows of the rusting smokestacks of pittsburgh. a slight brain malfunction caused him to ride screaming into the wind on a faded steel horse until he lost his voice in phoenix, arizona. in 2011 vav violently dug up his roots and tried to cultivate a new existence in the smog belt of the increasingly misnamed city of angels. the decade long drought in california caused him to cross the continent again in 2016. vav is now sharing his artistic ailment at alfred state college as an adjunct professor and technician for the digital media department.

vav vavrek is a creator of things as well as an instigator of events. he tends to delve deeply into the refuse piles of the fortunate to aid in the expression of his deep seated agitations and anxieties. his works and his writing evoke some of the helplessness and anger of the new lost generation. his most recent works crawl through the grimy recesses of life through explorations of addiction, mental illness, poverty, gender roles, and politics. vav utilizes any and all materials that he can get to adhere to his greasy fingers, including: oil, acrylic, enamel, marker, spray paint, alternative photographic processes, scrap metal, broken electronics, low quality video, splinters of wood, and anonymous detritus.

Alina Vasilchenko

ALINA VASILCHENKO — My name is Alina Vasilchenko, I am an artist and filmmaker. In my short films and videos I try to make a portrait of a modern person in the rapidly changing world, looking for something that will always remain constant. I studied filmmaking in the oldest Russian film studio at “Mosfilm filmmakers course”, which gave me the possibility to learn from professionals who worked with such masters as Tarkovsky, Konchalovsky, Paradjanov. Having worked as a film producer assistant for 5 years, I decided to try to make my own films using the experience and the simple technical equipment that I have. I have shown my works in Rostov-on-Don, Moscow, Berlin and Saint-Petersburg and many other places and I have participated in numerous international online projects.

Eija Temisevä

And Suddenly – You Realize – TRT 2:32

“A video poem” about the moment you realize.
A psychological process.

Things unknown
were creeping into your mind
You did not know what was it about
but then – you realize

EIJA TEMISEVÄ — I am a Finnish sculptor and video artist. I was born 1956 in Multia in Finland. During 1982 – 1986 I studied sculpture in Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. I have had several private and group exhibitions in Finland. After that I was tired of making sculptures and started to study making videos in 2012. I like to re-use my sculpture in videos. In that case the theme comes from the contents of the sculpture. Nature, especially woods and trees are important for me. So, the second theme I am interested in, is the connection between nature and a human being. Moreover I am interested in psychological and existential issues. I make videos about outer and inner observations: with the combination of pictures and sounds I want to make a certain atmosphere in the video. The genre of the most of my videos is Video art. Most of them I call Video Poems. Live now in Espoo, Finland.

Christopher Kojzar

A Walk Alone – TRT 9:11

When I created “A Walk Alone”, I wanted to explore the idea of being alone in the city, a feeling of alienation that urban walkers know well. In Wanderlust, Rebecca Solnit writes very plainly that “there is a subtle state most dedicated urban walkers know, a sort of basking in solitude … It is an observer’s state, cool, withdrawn, with senses sharpened, a good state for anybody who needs to reflect or create.” (Wanderlust, 51) For me, the method of reflection lies within my ingenuity to be introspective amid urbanity. “A Walk Alone” is also a way for me to feel more comfortable with myself amid the surroundings. I don’t necessarily have any agenda in the video performance except to show the viewer that no one is in my vicinity. I think when we imagine cities, we think of crowds, and although I believe that Baltimore is a lively city, the population has declined to the point that some refer to the buildings as abandominiums. It’s hard to take into account the richness of some enclaves when there is such a stark and noticeable characteristic of desertion.

Christopher Kojzar — received his B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University and his M.F.A. in Intermedia and Digital Arts from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. A list of residencies includes the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, Crosstown Arts in Memphis, the Seventh Wave Residency in Rhinebeck, NY, and the Truth and Reconciliation Residency at Santa Fe Art Institute. Christopher researches and creates art in response to interactions he has with other people when he enters active public spaces and openly engages in artistic practices such as drawing or recording with wearable technology. Prompted by interactions with security personnel, bystanders and the spaces themselves, his work explores the increasingly troubled phenomenon of observing and being observed in an era of escalating surveillance and mistrust—complicating it further by signaling his identity as an artist. His website features drawing, video installation, publication, and performance collaboration.

Draga Jovanovic

The wind here is always soothing – TRT 8:27

The movie is dealing with a freedom of the inner self and its thoughts and reflections that lie instinctively in all of us. Therefore, part of us, that unrealized Self, that is unfiltered, organic and fragile is shown in this short film. That unconscious mind (that I call the uncensored-eternal self) is elementary to our conscious mind. We all live in the world that is highly driven by the hidden self so that we rarely get access to it. It is the part of our brain process where almost all decision are already made before we are aware of it. In our unconsciousness lies our deep fears, terrors, desires, memories, suppressed thoughts and imaginations.

All these female personalities in the movie are projecting their thoughts to a viewer from their absent self (unconscious self) and they will virtually never meet. They are trapped far behind their consciousness and subconsciousness. Thus, their reflections set a different tone, some certain values and new questions start to appear that step into an unknown self. They seem to be braver, more intuitive, more aware of life, but somehow less alive. They are levitating within their own layered Self, not being able to come to the surface of consciousness, they are stuck in a gap between awareness and the absolute.

DRAGA JOVANOVIC — is a Toronto based visual artist. She grew up in Serbia (former Yugoslavia) where she started painting and drawing as a teenager. Soon after, she got accepted to the University of Arts in Novi Sad, where she finished her Bachelor degree in Fine Arts. On completion, she went to Germany where she achieved her Postgraduate and Master’s degree at the Art University of Kassel, Germany.

During her studies in Germany she was highly engaged with photography and soon afterward, she discover the world of short experimental movies that she has been pursuing to this day. She has spent significant time of her life in Germany, Serbia, Great Britain and Canada.

In her work, through short experiment movies and photography, she has been dealing with identity and its very diverse and unstable nature. Her video installations usually consist of a narrative part that sounds like a monologue and a visual part that is heavily based on human portraits.

Draga has taken part in numerous solo/group exhibitions and festivals all over the world including the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Royal Ontario Museum of Art, Cairo’s Experimental Video Festival, Kunsthouse Dresden, Kulturhus Leksand Sweden, 50 Years of Video Art Panorama Tower in Marseille/France and the Centre for Contemporary Art Plovdiv – Bulgaria.

Day 1 > Matthew McDermott

Gravity’s Law – 6:18 TRT

‘To fall, patiently to trust our heaviness’

Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem ‘Gravity’s Law’, McDermott taps into themes of meditation and nature in a deliberate response to the overload of information in modern society.

MATT MCDERMOTT — Freelance Director and Design Director based in London. Matt is an award-winning Director based in London specializing in live action, VFX, motion design and animation.

He’s directed high profile TV commercials, broadcast campaigns, channel branding and idents, music videos and short films for clients including; Evian, Olay, Virgin Media, Nokia, BT, Heineken, Western Union, Ministry of Sound, McLaren, Snog Frozen Yogurt,, Sharps, Harveys and Dunelm. Matt has worked with leading agencies and broadcasters including; BBC, Red Bee Media, Sky Creative, ITV, Channel 4, The Mill+, Mainframe, Karmarama, Kream, Krowd, AMV BBDO, McCann, Mcgarrybowen and AKQA London and directed multiple TV campaigns for the BBC including; BBC Proms, Glastonbury, BBC World News and BBC Four.

Matt has recently directed a short film inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem ‘Gravity’s Law’, commissioned by Channel 4 Random Acts and shot on location at the Barbican Centre in London. ‘Gravity’s Law’ has been screened at The Barbican cinemas and featured on The Creators Project, Fubiz, David Reviews and is a VOTD winner.

Matt is spotlighted in the Young Director Awards and his work can be found on David Reviews, The Creators Project, Fubiz, VOTD, LBB online, The Barbican and Creative Review.