News / TV Dnevnik, September 4", 1974-2009
and Video Installation
Martinis does not want to introduce a subjective interpretation
of the past, and he calls it 'Data Recovery'. The author uses this
term to describe a 'partial recovery of lost data from the memory
without the context that before the loss used to give them a positive,
informative, social or other meaning. Just like the lost computer
data, which is sometimes recovered only in fragments, disconnected
from the original files, this process attempts to recover parts
of actions, events or situations which have disappeared in our collective
memory loss. What matters is that such event should not be contextualized
through interpretations, historical constructions or manipulation
of the lost memory. History is a perpetual stream of confabulations,
spontaneous production of false memories.' On September 4, 1974
Dalibor Martinis created a video titled 'Still Life' which depicts
a television set whose screen shows evening TV news. 35 years later,
the author created a TV news which featured him reading the news
exactly as transcribed from the 1974 evening programme. The TV news
show was modern and contemporary regarding the aspects of technical
characteristics, the equipment, design and the additional information
presented on the screen (stock market information etc.), and only
the content of the news belonged to a past era, past ideology and
the former country. Text by Darko Fritz
MARTINIS is an artist and a video maker. He has exhibited his videotapes,
video/interactive and site-specific installations in many international
exhibitions such as Sao Paolo Biennale, Dokumenta, Venice Biennale,
and film/video festivals in Berlin, Tokyo, Montreal, San Francisco,
and Locarno etc.
received several international awards (Tokyo Video Festival 1984,
Wroclaw 1991, Triest 1996, etc.) and his videos have been broadcast
by national televisions in Europe.
participated in the international exhibitions "Arts for Television"
(Boston, Vienna, San Francisco, Montreal, New York), "Video
skulptur-retrospektiv und aktuel" (Koeln, Berlin), "Europa,
Europa", Bonn; recently, in the shows "After The Wall"
at Moderna Museet, Stockholm; "50 Years of Art in Middle Europe"
at Museum moderner kunst Ludwig, Vienna, "Blood&Honey"
Sammlung Essl/Vienna etc.
works are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art/New York,
Stedelijk Museum/Amsterdam, ZKM Karlsruhe, New York Public Library,
The Museum of Contemporary Art/Zagreb, etc.