Project by Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujică at the Elizarovs‘ Apartment Museum
Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujicǎ compiled the documentary film Videograms of a Revolution from over 125 hours of found footage, including amateur shots and excerpts from the Romanian official television station that was occupied by demonstrators who broadcasted live almost non-stop from December 21 to 26, 1989. Videograms of a Revolution is a chronology that lasts from the last official speech of Romanian communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu on December 21, 1989, to the execution of the dictator and his spouse on December 26, 1989. If writing of history is seen in a close relationship to the media of its fixation, the film highlights a historical moment when the mobility and flexibility of the video camera as well as its extended recording time made it into a leading media in the context of historiography. A critical approach to the making of images, their distribution and immanent power structures are a key element of the film.
Harun Farocki (Germany)
Harun Farocki was born in Nový Jicín, then German-annexed Czechoslovakia, in 1944 and died in 2014 near Berlin. He is one of the most important and internationally most influential German filmmakers. His oeuvre spans more than 100 films. At the same time, Farocki was also successful as a video- and installation artist and also worked as a media theorist and lecturer.
His film Retraining was awarded with the 1995 Adolf Grimme Award, the documentary Nothing Ventured with the 2006 Herbert Quandt Media Award and the movie In Comparison with the 2009 Arte Documentary Award. Farocki participated in numerous solo exhibitions in galleries and museums, including Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2017); MUAC, Mexico City (2014); Museum of Modern Art, Río de Janeiro (2012); MoMA, New York (2011); Tate Modern, London (2009); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2009). He was a participant of documenta 12 (2007) as well as of the biennials in Prague (2007), Sydney (2008), Shanghai (2008, 2014) and Venice (2013, 2015). From 2011 to 2014, Harun Farocki and Antje Ehmann realized the project Labour In A Single Shot, which was presented in 2015 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin and at the Venice Biennale. From 1993 to 1999, Harun Farocki was a visiting professor at the University of California in Berkeley. From 2004, he was a visiting professor and from 2006 to 2011, a full professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
Andrei Ujicǎ (Romania – Germany)
Andrei Ujicǎ was born in Timișoara, Romania, in 1951 and lives since 1981 in Germany, working in Berlin and Karsruhe. Ujică is known for his films Videograms of a Revolution (codirected with Harun Farocki, 1992), Out of the Present (1995) and 2 Pasolini (2000). The cinematic installation Unknown Quantity (2002), for which he was commissioned to film, was shown in the frame of Paul Virilio’s exhibition Ce qui arrive housed at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris (2002 / 2003). His latest film The Autobiograpy of Nicolae Ceaușescu (2010) was the first found footage film ever included in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival. In 2001, Ujicǎ became professor for film at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. In 2003, he founded the ZKM | Filminstitute and has been its director since.
Branch of the Smolny State Historical and Memorial Museum
The Elizarovs’ Apartment Museum is located in a tenement house built in 1913. The apartment was owned by the engineer Mark Elizarov who was Lenin’s older sister Anna’s husband. Besides the Elizarovs the apartment accommodated Lenin’s younger sister Maria Ilyinichna Ulyanova and his mother Maria Alexandrovna Ulyanova who spent here her last years and died in 1916.
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and his wife Nadezhda Konstantinovna Krupskaya moved into the apartment upon their return from the Swiss exile in April 1917. During three months spent by Lenin in the Elizarovs’ apartment, he wrote 170 works. Here the meetings of the Russian Social-Democratic Labor Party were held and many Bolsheviks attended them. The apartment was converted into Museum in 1927, its exposition being dedicated to life of a city intellectual of the end of the 19th – beginning of the 20th century. The permanent exhibit tells about the life of the Ulyanovs-Elizarovs family.
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