/ Red-iness: Gestalt

Red-iness, series of video performances is conceived as an attempt to re-introduce socialist or Marxist ideals into today society. Prlja has selected a number of motivational speeches from the past. Work Red-iness: Robespierre quotes Stevo Žigon re-apropriation of Maximilien de Robespierre’s famous speech, while addressing students in Belgrade during protests in 1968. Video work Red-iness: Gestalt reintroduces famous scene, a speech acted by Milena Dravić in the film W.R. Mysteries of the Organism (1971), directed by Dušan Makavejev.

Prlja has invited artists Briony Clarke, Sarah Cockings and Kai-Oi Jay Yung, to collaboratively re-examine and question how far these re-enacted speeches might applicable and become a driving force for change in our time.

 

Screen shot 2014-05-16 at 19.19.43
W.R. Mysteries of the Organism Film (1971) Directed by Dušan Makavejev Original speech acted by Milena Dravić 
Play an insert from the video Red iness - Gestalt Part of the project 'Subversion to Red' 2013 18 min, colour, loop. Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Play the video
Red iness – Gestalt
2013
18 min, colour, loop.
Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.

 

Red iness - Gestalt Part of the project 'Subversion to Red' Image from the filming 2013 18 min, colour, loop. Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness – Gestalt
Image from the filming
2013
18 min, colour, loop.
Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness - Gestalt Part of the project 'Subversion to Red' Image from the filming 2013 18 min, colour, loop. Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness – Gestalt
Image from the filming
2013
18 min, colour, loop.
Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness - Gestalt Part of the project 'Subversion to Red' Image from the filming 2013 18 min, colour, loop. Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness – Gestalt
Part of the project ‘Subversion to Red’
2013
18 min, colour, loop.
Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness - Gestalt Part of the project 'Subversion to Red' Image from the filming 2013 18 min, colour, loop. Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness – Gestalt
Part of the project ‘Subversion to Red’
2013
18 min, colour, loop.
Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness - Gestalt Part of the project 'Subversion to Red' 2013 18 min, colour, loop. Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness – Gestalt
2013
18 min, colour, loop.
Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness - Gestalt Part of the project 'Subversion to Red' 2013 18 min, colour, loop. Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness – Gestalt
2013
18 min, colour, loop.
Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness - Gestalt Part of the project 'Subversion to Red' 2013 18 min, colour, loop. Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness – Gestalt
2013
18 min, colour, loop.
Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness - Gestalt Part of the project 'Subversion to Red' 2013 18 min, colour, loop. Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness – Gestalt
2013
18 min, colour, loop.
Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness - Gestalt Part of the project 'Subversion to Red' 2013 18 min, colour, loop. Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness – Gestalt
2013
18 min, colour, loop.
Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness - Gestalt Part of the project 'Subversion to Red' 2013 18 min, colour, loop. Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness – Gestalt
2013
18 min, colour, loop.
Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness - Gestalt Part of the project 'Subversion to Red' 2013 18 min, colour, loop. Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness – Gestalt
2013
18 min, colour, loop.
Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness - Gestalt Part of the project 'Subversion to Red' 2013 18 min, colour, loop. Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness – Gestalt
2013
18 min, colour, loop.
Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness - Gestalt Part of the project 'Subversion to Red' 2013 18 min, colour, loop. Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness – Gestalt
2013
18 min, colour, loop.
Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness - Gestalt Part of the project 'Subversion to Red' 2013 18 min, colour, loop. Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness – Gestalt
Part of the project ‘Subversion to Red’
2013
18 min, colour, loop.
Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness - Gestalt Part of the project 'Subversion to Red' 2013 18 min, colour, loop. Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.
Red iness – Gestalt
Part of the project ‘Subversion to Red’
2013
18 min, colour, loop.
Commissioned by Calvert 22, London.

 

Related works:

/ Red-iness: Robespierre (video, documentation of a performance)

/ Red Discussion 1 (live art 2013)

/ Red Discussion 2 (live art 2019)

Humane Communism (photographs, documentation of a workshop)

Exhibition history:

/ ‘.how is it towards the east?’ – Calvert22, London

/ Double Feature # 4 Nikolin Bujari & Nada Prlja – Tirana Art Lab, Tirana

/ Imaginarium: contemporary video art from Macedonia – Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland

 

What did they say about the project:

e-flux announcement

‘…Nada Prija’s work is part of a ten-year-plan that proposes to “revive the notion of idealism in contemporary society as an alternative form of motivation”, and she is equally concerned with the principle of “reactivating” – in this case good concepts from the ‘old’ socialist forms of organisation. She explores these through the art institution, a platform she finds open to revising its internal working methods. She has curated a public event, the Red Discussion, where five thinkers discussed Marxist theories and leftists ideas in the aim to deconstruct former models and flesh out aspects that may be applicable today. The resulting ideas were written over the surface of a pentagonal table, and for the duration of the exhibition visitors are welcome to disscuss or relate to those thoughts.

Prija’s video performances under the title Red-iness further probe these issues by exploring the concept of “time collapse” (the ways in which past ideas can be transposed into the present), and she re-enacts excerpts of speeches by Robespierre during the French Revolution, and later Stevo Zigon during the Belgrade student protests of 1968. The outcome, however, is a somewhat cryptic piece that is perhaps a little too ‘foxy’ as far as its institutional critique goes, especially given the extraordinarily well-educated profile of its Red Discussion participants, but art is also for a public, too…’

 Ana Baeza Ruiz

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