Cinemaniac 2015: Motovun Video Meeting 1976
support program at Pula Film Festival

Cinemaniac 2015 introduces a research and exhibition project that brings into the spotlight the anthological Motovun Video Meeting, an international video workshop gathering Croatian and Italian artists that took place in Motovun in 1976, organized by the italian Galleria del cavallino from Venice, Ethnographic museum in Pazin and Museum of Contemporary art in Zagreb. It is considered the first video workshop in Croatia. The project is building up on previous experiences and research of experimental film practices and establishes the continuity of researching historical narratives on the beginnings of video art in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia as a contemporary art practice, as well as mapping the development of the new media art in the 1970s. In the 1970s, the video becomes the dominant moving image medium as the new media – photography, film and video – emerge on the art scene.

The Motovun meetings explore the potentials of video art and transnational networks as a possibility for the new generation of artists and curators. In this context, the 1976 video workshop in Motovun, dedicated to identity, plays a key role. Through photographs, documents and video works, the exhibition will remind us of the Motovun video meeting. It will gather produced artworks and question the impact, position and importance of the project, as well as individual works. Croatian and Italian artists participated in the 1976 Motovun meeting: Sanja Iveković, Dalibor Martinis, Goran Trbuljak, Claudio Ambrosini, Michele Sambin, Luigi Viola produced some of their anthological works.


Cinemanic / Think Film, established in 2002 as a sidebar program of the Pula Film Festival, is a long-term interdisciplinary research platform questioning the connection between film, moving images and contemporary art.  It presents recent Croatian and international production of artist film and video, experimental films and multimedia installations as well as the film heritage. The project is curated by Branka Bencic.

Organized by: Apoteka – Space for Contemporary art

Partner: Pula Film Festival

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