Comments on: caffeinated cairo nights http://cairo2008.makcenter.org/?p=345 2008 United Staates Presentation Fri, 07 Mar 2014 02:14:26 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.6.3 By: dina http://cairo2008.makcenter.org/?p=345#comment-100 dina Thu, 18 Dec 2008 20:31:14 +0000 http://cairo2008.makcenter.org/?p=345#comment-100 to approach photocairo4 as "My first art opening in the Islamic World" and to frame the final paragraph through the binary of "functional" and "dysfunctional" societies is extremely superficial and problematic. one would have hoped an artist about to embark on a project in cairo would have presented a more nuanced and complex reading to approach photocairo4 as “My first art opening in the Islamic World” and to frame the final paragraph through the binary of “functional” and “dysfunctional” societies is extremely superficial and problematic. one would have hoped an artist about to embark on a project in cairo would have presented a more nuanced and complex reading

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By: edit http://cairo2008.makcenter.org/?p=345#comment-99 edit Thu, 18 Dec 2008 20:01:04 +0000 http://cairo2008.makcenter.org/?p=345#comment-99 the comment that Artur Žmijewski's video is "a very watchable polish video" is, i'm afraid, a surprisingly uninformed remark on this piece that was obviously completely misunderstood by the blogger. So just for precision: Artur Žmijewski became renowned in the international art world as someone having a special interest in confronting the viewers with conflicting situations, deep existential and ideological dramas. His 2007 video, Them, is an experiment in which members of special social groups attend a workshop together. During the session, the artist positions himself as a humble animator, assigning different tasks to the participants, asking them to defend their position, or to build a structure that symbolises their ideological stands. The situation triggers heated debates between the representatives of a conservative group, patriotic Catholics, nationalist Polish youth, leftist socialists, democrats and activists. It starts as a set of negotiations that lead to a severe fight, a kind of war on the symbolic field that merges into reality that manifests with violent acts that end in complete destruction. the comment that Artur Žmijewski’s video is “a very watchable polish video” is, i’m afraid, a surprisingly uninformed remark on this piece that was obviously completely misunderstood by the blogger.
So just for precision:

Artur Žmijewski became renowned in the international art world as someone having a special interest in confronting the viewers with conflicting situations, deep existential and ideological dramas. His 2007 video, Them, is an experiment in which members of special social groups attend a workshop together.
During the session, the artist positions himself as a humble animator, assigning different tasks to the participants, asking them to defend their position, or to build a structure that symbolises their ideological stands. The situation triggers heated debates between the representatives of a conservative group, patriotic Catholics, nationalist Polish youth, leftist socialists, democrats and activists. It starts as a set of negotiations that lead to a severe fight, a kind of war on the symbolic field that merges into reality that manifests with violent acts that end in complete destruction.

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