Friday 07/11/2014 → Sunday 16/11/2014
16:00 to 20:00
The projections of the four films by Ciprian Mureşan, which the artist has selected at the invitation of Temps d’Images, contributes to the expansion of the platform created by this festival in the previous years through including video art as an independent medium and the presentation of some possible answers or topics of reflection stemming from the theme of this year: “What feeds us?”. The video Choose… (2005, DVD PAL, 41”) ironically interprets the distinct images that marketing tries to impose on some quasi-identical products: Pepsi and Coca-Cola. Mixed, none of them influences the taste of the other and what results is a forced reconciliation in a war based on images built artificially and on invented differences. I’m Protesting Against Myself (co-authored by Gianina Cărbunariu, 2011, HD, 30’ 35”) presents a puppet that yells his discontents from a garbage can, enumerating a series of reasons for creating a revolt, including one against himself. While watching the video, the viewers identify themselves with at least one of the inventoried arguments and fraternize with a cause that does not necessarily have an aim, remaining a solitary outburst. Untitled (2007, animation, 162 frames, 24 frames / sec, loop) starts out with the premise of everyday absurdness in which certain images and gestures, such as those of people who feed on leftovers thrown to the garbage, become so banal and widespread that they do not trigger any reactions. Praxis of Starvation (2013, HD, 50’) presents a series of interviews about voluntary and involuntary starving, which have in common the physical pain caused by it. Undermining the myths about diets and the benefits of such procedures, the film stresses out the extremes of such gestures and the physical and psychological pain affecting those who decide to fast or to lose weight because of their professions (boxer, ballet dancer, etc.) or those on whom this thing is imposed by the precariousness of their subsistence.
About the artists
Ciprian Mureșan (b.1977) is a visual artist who lives and works in Cluj; from 2005 editor of IDEA art + society magazine. In 2014 he was guest professor at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig. His recent personal exhibitions include: Obstacle Racing, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig; Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2014), Stage and Twist (împreună cu Anna Molska), Tate Modern, London (2012), Recycled Playground, on view successively at FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims (2011), Centre d’art contemporaine, Geneva (2012), and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2013). His group show participations include: Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2012), Genius without Talent, de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam; Rearview Mirror, The Power Plant, Toronto; Image to be projected until it vanishes, MUSEION Bolzano (2011), Les Promesses du passé, Centre Pompidou, Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris (2010); The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York; The Seductiveness of the Interval, the Romanian Pavilion, the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).