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RED Gallery *Free Event*
Cultural Hijack Double Bill Films by artists from the Cultural Hijack programme.
18:00 welcome drinks
18:30 Ztohoven’s Media Reality
19:15 panel discussion with Ztohoven
19:45 Break – intermission (grab a quick bite)
20:30 Renzo Marten’s Enjoy Poverty Episode III
22:00 Panel Discussion with Katarzyna Kosmala and Nina Edge
Media Reality: Ztohoven
On the 17th June 2007 art group Ztohoven secretly altered Czech TV broadcast. They inserted footage into the Panorama program of CT2 channel showing an illusionary nuclear explosion in the icturesque setting of Krkonose Mountains.
The film is followed by a panel discussion with members of Ztohoven, and Red Gallery director Yada
Enjoy Poverty: Renzo Martens
For two years, Renzo Martens traveled around the Democratic Republic of the Congo, from the capital of Kinshasa to deep into the interior. Camera in hand, he roves through the poverty-fighting industry in the post-civil war country and get thus to one conclusion: poverty is there to stay, and fighting it is an industry of which the poor benefit very little. In response, the filmmaker launches an emancipation program in which he makes Congo's inhabitants aware of their primary capital resource: poverty. As a symbol, he mounts a neon sign in the middle of the forest that reads "Enjoy Poverty".
The film is followed by a panel discussion with Katarzyna Kosmala and Nina Edge.
Renzo Martens iRenzo Martens is an artist living in Brussels. His work Episode 3 was exhibited at the 6th Berlin Biennale, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, La Vireinna, Barcelona, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, and screened at Tate Modern, London and Centre Pompidou, Paris. It was also distributed through television, DVD and on documentary festivals. Currently he works on the Institute for Human Activities and its five-year Gentrification Program in the Congo. The Institute held its opening seminar in the Congolese rainforest, as part of the 7th Berlin Biennial, and has upcoming presentations at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Wiels, Brussels.
Ztohoven - the name of the group means 'out of shit' and is a play of words that means an obscenity but also an urgent appeal to the society to act. The double meaning informs every event organised by the group. Ztohoven infiltrated the system of Czech national ID cards, swapping the identities between the members of the group to suggest that ID cards have become more important than the citizens themselves. In the latest event, spoof mobile text messages demanding an urgent call for moral reform have been exchanged by all members of the Czech parliament, to show that governments are a reflection of a society without civil responsibilities
Katarzyna Kosmala is Professor of culture, media and visual practice, University of West of Scotland, Visiting Research Fellow at the European Institute of Gender Studies GEXcel at Linköping University and Örebro University, Sweden, Visiting Professor at Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, art writer and freelance curator. She writes regularly about video and new media art and politics of representation. She has published widely in international journals, contributed to several books, art reviews and art catalogues. She currently published her monograph Imagining Masculinities: Spatial and Temporal Representation and Visual Culture (Routledge, 2013). She currently edits Sexing the Border (Cambridge Scholars Publishing) and co-edits Art Inquiry Edition (University of Łódz). Lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Nina Edge is artist renowned for her projects involving local communities and the debate around regeneration, she lives and works in Liverpool, UK. Her work is commonly understood and happens pretty much anywhere. Edge examines power and value as two forces that govern existence and includes poster hoardings and lorry livery, permanent sculpture, textiles and uniformed performance, games and play.