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Improper Names // Visual Collegium

On names on film — Dora García & Eugène Green

Wednesday 20.03.2019, 19:00h @ Cinema Europa [Müller Hall]

free entrance | with English subtitles

 
Dora García: Second Time Around (Segunda vez) | 94’ | 2018. | Belgium, Norway

Dora García intertwines politics, psychoanalysis and performance into Segunda Vez. This staged award-winning documentary orbits the figure of Oscar Masotta—a pivotal theorist in the Argentinian avant-garde from the 1950s to the 1970s. Masotta’s ideas on Lacanian psychoanalysis, politics and art (happenings and dematerialized art) changed the artistic landscape of that 1960s Buenos Aires preceding the dictatorship and with it the end of the avant-garde. The title, Segunda Vez, originates from a homonymous story written by a contemporary of Masotta’s, Julio Cortázar, which recounts the climate of psychosis and uncertainty caused by the trauma of disappearances in Argentina.

Dora García is Spanish artist and researcher on the parameters and conventions of the presentation of art, questions of time – real or fictional – and the limits between representation and reality. In 2011 she represented Spain at the Venice Biennale, and in the 56th edition of 2015 she presented the performance and installation project “The Sinthome Score”, based on a transcription of Jacques Lacan’s 23rd seminar.

Second Time Around won the Grand Prix at FIDMarseille2018, ex aequo with Albert Serra’s Roi Soleil.

 
Eugène Green: How Fernando Pessoa Saved Portugal (Como Fernando Pessoa salvou Portugal) | 26’ | 2018. | Portugal, France, Belgium

During the 20’s, at the request of one of his employers, the poet Fernando Pessoa conceives an advertising slogan for the drink Coca-Louca, which panics the authoritarian government of that time.

“That the writer of the XXth century who embodied most completely his imagination to the point of dividing himself into several personalities, each with their own work, sought throughout his life to succeed in business, only represents ostensibly a contradiction. In the case of Pessoa, he earned his living by managing the foreign correspondence of several companies of Baixa in Lisbon, an occupation which bored him but which also left him free time for literary creation. All his attempts at success in practical projects had a quick and pitiful end. Fernando accepted with resignation and even good humor the inefficiency of his efforts to conquer material wealth and a more advantageous place in society. Accomplished astrologer, he saw in the stars that he was to be a great poet, along with the price to pay.” (Eugène Green)

Born in New York, Eugène Green lives in France since 1969, where he has adopted the nationality and language. His published books include essays, poetry, and six novels. Also a filmmaker, he has written and directed seven feature films: Toutes les nuits, Le monde vivant, Le Pont des Arts, La religieuse portugaise, La sapienza, Faire la parole, and Le fils de Joseph and several shorts and documentaries. He won several awards on numerous film festivals around the world, including Locarno, Lisabon, and London.

 

Supported by: European Commission program Creative Europe, Kultura nova Foundation, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Croatian Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs
This program is realized in the framework of State Machines, a joint project by Aksioma (SI), Drugo more (HR), Furtherfield (UK), Institute of Network Cultures (NL) and NeMe (CY).

 
 

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This project has been funded with support from the Croatian Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs. This communication reflects the views only of Drugo more.