The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb


Artist's Cinema: Nika Radić: The Message

Gorgona Hall, Thursday, December 12, 2016

The last 2016 edition of Artists' Cinema brings a selection of recent video production by Nika Radić.
She emphasizes communication, interpretation, exchange and reception as important elements of her work. The instable, variable and fluid relation between the observer and the art work is one of the dominant topics of her art.
The screening programme is formed around the Croatian premiere of the film “The Message” (produced by Kreativni Sindikat) and is continued with a presentation of the book about the same project that will include a talk between the artist and some of the film and book participants.
The Message is a result of the artist’s long standing interest and was realized as a series of exhibitions, a book and a film that document a development of an artwork and the transformation of the artistic process.
The audio-visual work The Message could be described as an experimental and documentary video/film in which the artist conducts the development of an art installation she is working on. She stresses that the main interest of The Message lies with the different positions that form the transformations of an artwork and the situations that change along participation, interaction and interpretation by the participants (invited artists and experts from the field of contemporary art). In this sense The Message by Nika Radić “uses its own reception as a constitutive part of the process”.
Formally, The Message evolves around a series of still and moving images, videos and photographs connected through a stop motion animation that the artist uses to document the changes on the installation while she uses interviews to record the discourse evolving around the process. The participants are different experts from the art scene and protagonists in the field we call the system of art – critics, art historians, curators and artists. The book of the same name evolves in a similar way by using a structured series of photo documentation and text. It is, at the same time, a flip book and a reader bringing together the texts by the different protagonists. The participants in the Message were, among others, Annie Davey, Branka Benčić, Kathy Rae Huffman, Yuri leiderman, Sandra Križić Roban, Martina Mezak, Nina Kurtela, Miško Šuvaković, Katalin Timar and Marjetica Potrč.
To examine the messages of works by Nika Radić and to show her positions in looking at the institutions of contemporary art, the conventions and the reception of an art work, The Message will be contextualized within the framework of Nika’s video production and the programme will include the works Vernissage, Whodunnit and The End. (Tekst: B. Benčić)

Vernissage (2012), 3:30 min
The Message (2016), 15 min
Whodunnit (2012), 9:15 min
The End (2012), 3:31 min

Nika Radić was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1968 where she graduated in sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts. She has also earned a degree in art history from the University of Vienna. In her video works, multimedia installations and photographs she focuses on the subjects of communication and the ways art can document reality. She chooses particular moments that everyone experiences similarly, but is interested in how different people interpret it in their own individual way. She has also published on the subject in books and magazines and she has shown her work on many exhibitions internationally.

ARTISTS’ CINEMA is a Museum of Contemporary Art’s programme activity, started in 2012, that the museum uses in order to show contemporary artists and their film and video oeuvre which were created in the space between contemporary art and cinema, film and visual arts. The screening programme, together with the artists’ talks, presents recent film/video works outside of the context of the entertainment production and spectacle. This series complements the Museum’s programme concept and fills out the lack of such presentation focused on this hybrid form. Artists’ Cinema aims to intensify the dialogue and cooperation within the art scene and to connect artists, curators, critics and the audience. It also adds to an active internationalisation of the art scene concerned with the medium of moving images.
Artists’ Cinema has so far realized the screenings by the following artists: Ursula Mayer, Shaun Gladwell, Gordon Matta Clark, Jasmina Cibic, Pilvi Takala, Damir Očko, Ibro Hasanović, Zlatko Kopljar, Marko Lulić, te programi Distorted Mirror (Lisl Ponger, Peter Kubelka, Peter Tscherkasky, Mathias Muller, Siegfried A. Fruhauf), Video televizija Anticipacija, Share - Too much history, Difference Screen.

Curator: Branka Benčić
Project manager: Tihomir Milovac, Chief curator MSU

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