Sleepwalkers-Mjesečarke live 04.10.2019., at MMSU Rijeka, We are not like them
Sleepwalkers (2018. – ongoing) develops from the project Moonwalkers/Womanators and includes fragments from the narratives of the early computers (female programmers of ENIAC), imagined letters and diaries of forced labourers on the Atlantic Wall during WW2, high and low tides, and travel journals. The audio and visual materials were recorded on the shores of the North Sea in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The work was filmed, photographed, recorded and written during february 2018 and may 2019 in France, Belgium and the Netherlands, following the Atlantic Wall and looking out from the wall. The project combines stories of the first female programmers / the computers, the image of the female sleepwalker, the tides / the planetary movements and travel writing. The texts are written from the point of view of the explorer, the lone traveller who in our project is a woman. An astronaut, a cosmonaut, a time traveller, an ethnographer, an anthropologist, a figure venturing into the unknown and the other. The work uses fragments of field recordings, poetry, observations, cosmic matters, European histories, memories, bunkers, plants, letters, fog, moon, rented cars and Airbnbs. We use found footage, original material, documentary and fictive writing building a sound-text-image live performance.
WHO WE ARE
Vida Guzmić is a visual artist working in video, sound and text. She completed her MA in New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb with Summa Cum Laude in 2012 and completed Women’s Studies at the Center for Women’s Studies as well as the Curatorial Platform programe in 2013. Her work has been exhibited in Croatia and Europe and she has held residencies at V2_Summersessions Test Lab, V2_Institute for unstable media in Rotterdam, KulturKontakt Austria in Vienna and fellowships at WHW academy in Zagreb and Ashkal Alwan, HWP, Beirut. Her work explores the relations between objects and subjects, gendered geography and representation through screen technologies. She works both as a solo artist and in numerous collaborations and engaged practices. From 2012-2018 she has been a member of the multidisciplinary art collective Space is Tactics. She organizes numerous audio/video workshops for young women, Roma and non-Roma school children through Studio Pangolin and is part of the collective Soundspiels with Nicole Hewitt and Ivan Slipčević.
Nicole Hewitt is a visual artist working in film, video, installation, performance and text. Hewitt completed her MA in Fine Art Media at the Slade School and gained her PhD in Fine Art also at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2013. Her work has recently been concerned with memory, history and narrative as mediated through technologies of representation and preservation. She has recently completed a long tem episodic series of performance/texts ‘This woman is called Jasna’ and is now continuing her research into history and forms of archaeology in a project called Women Minor Speculations. Hewitt is a member of the sound collective Soundspiels.
Hewitt teaches in the New Media Department of Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb..
Lives and works in Zagreb and London.
Ivan Slipčević is a visual and sound artist working primarily in film, photography, video and sound. Slipčević completed his MA in Cinematography at the Academy of Dramatic Art of the University of Zagreb, Croatia. He has been an active member of the Multimedia Institute MAMA in Zagreb since 2000 and started the studio for sound and image zvukbroda with Tomislav Domes. He has been involved in numerous multimedia perfromances, produced electronic video scenography at numerous festivals (Videolux, Ljubljana; media.mediteranea, Pula; Urbani Festival, Platforma 981, Sloboda stvaralaštvu, Illectric funk, Zagreb; Festival Vizualnih komunikacija, Maribor; Contact Europe, Austrija; clubtransmediale, Berlin, etc.) He has been director of photography on a number of independent productions (Deturs, Galeb Vekić, Plac, A. Hušman; Booksa this is the way step inside; K. Rubinstain, Ručak, A. Hušman; In time, Nicole Hewitt, Zagrebačke priče, I.Ramljak. M.Škobalj, Sve je povezano, Lala Raščić, Oslobođenje u 26 slika, I.Ramljak. M.Škobalj …). Slipčević teaches photography and new media technology at the Department of New Media and Animation at the Academy of Fine Art University of Zagreb. Slipčević is a member of the sound collective Soundspiels.