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Ivan Ladislav Galeta, Ping-Pong, 1976-78, Hrvatski Filmski Savez / Croatian Film Union, Zagreb

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The trigger for the exhibition "As soon as I open my eyes I see a film” was the reflection of the phenomena of amateur (unconventional, experimental, underground, alternative, all the denomination are legitimate) film developed in the cine clubs in the 60s. Experiments in film and art and the interaction between those fields proposed a new standpoint in examining radical changes in artistic expressions and behaviors. Finding its root in the literature of absurd, more precisely in anti-drama, the prevailing attitude in denying official art trends was conveyed in a general atmosphere anti-art, anti-paintings, anti-group and anti-magazines and last but not the least in anti-film.

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GEFF // Genre Experimental Film Festival

Amateur cine clubs were established after the II World War with the intent to bring technical culture and creative works closer to the people, not just professionals. The films realized and produced in the Belgrade, Split and Zagreb cine clubs were characterized by a tendency towards experimentation, in opposition to standard film making and domestic film production. The selection includes works of: Mihovil Pansini, Vladimir Petek, Milan Samec, Ivan Martinac, Ante Verzotti, Dusan Makavejev, Vojislav Rakonjac, Živojin Pavlovic.

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Video Art

Parallel to the low tide of the experimental movement in cine clubs, pioneering video art emerged in the 70's. Although the previous experimental film tradition has no direct impact on those artists and their video works, there is an unconscious influence concerning the methodological and structuralist-conceptual stream from the pioneering era of experimental films. The new conceptualist milieu in visual arts and the movement New Artistic Practices in the 70s sensitized art circles to "new" media. The gear mostly came from abroad, and video works were created at occasional international video workshops, which became the pervading production framework for the artists during the 70's and 80's. Works of Dalibor Martinis, Sanja Ivekovic, Ivan Ladislav Galeta are presented.

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Tomislav Gotovac

The personality that emerges and that connect all this period is without doubt Tomislav Gotovac. Coming from the film background, Gotovac, with his first experimental and structural films realized in cine club Zagreb, brought some very particular characteristics into new artistic practices - the decision to put his own figure into the centre of most of his actions, to perform artistic action in public space, to emphasize the daily living relationship with the environment as well as the use of media based on recording procedures. Thus, he occupied a specific authorial position and strategy in the complex of the new art of the 70's, while his works produced different interpretations behind which every succeeding generation sees new meanings and impetus.

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