What is the continuing relevance and longevity of publicly sited monuments and how are their future lives viewed? A stimulating question Maria, and perhaps as you suggest “only the external interventions or actions of vandalism can animate the forgotten meanings”. Every city, town and village in Britain has at least one monument, not all figurative. There are countless statues of people, predominantly men, who’ve made an impact at some moment of time on their community or country. How do we view our monuments in Britain? They can be missed if they disappear, sometimes stolen for profit, or re-located often inappropriately. Occasionally one is vandalised as a direct political or social …

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I would like to continue the issue of soviet heritage in post-soviet countries because I am not sure that context is read accurately. I will show the work “Mutation” of Central Asian artist, sculptor and photographer Yerbossyn Meldibekov. This multimedia installation was shown within Venice Biennal 2011 in Central Asian Pavilion and in Art Brussel 2013. Yerbossyn Meldibekov made visual examination of ten archival photographs of one of the squares of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where during 90 years 10 monuments have been replaced by successive Governments. Due to the big trend in post-soviet artistic discourse Yerbossyn Meldibekov again try to debate on the topic of architectural and monumental heritage in Central …

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WRO Art Center Wroclaw 21 May 2014 There seems to be so much to Wroclaw that is no longer here – histories and people that have passed and gone. It’s survived a millennium of changing rulers who have swept across this part of central Europe since the end of the old Polish Piast kingdom – Czech Bohemians, Austrian Hapsburgs, Prussians, Russians – Napoleon came through its gates – then the grotesque Nazi occupation followed by communist suppression. The evidence of such enormous changes is still there, but harder to find. Before the Second World War, Breslau was Germany’s third largest city. As Poles from the east repopulated the evacuated city …

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Maria Gonchar asks Dear Ben and Bruce, I formulated my screening questions at WRO ART Center in written form. So… Mussolini-Obelisk is still situated in the center of Foro Italico / Foro Mussolini in Rome and even was restored recently. Engelbert Dollfuss, one of the leaders of Austrofascism, has a very groomed grave in the Hietzing cemetery in Vienna. During the Ukrainian independence I have witnessed the process of restoration of monuments which was destroyed or was victims of October revolution’s iconoclasm, as for example “Catherine the Great and her companions – De Ribas, De Volan, Potemkin, Zubov” monument in Odessa, and these companions are an example of monstrous embezzlement …

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  In December 2013 we received an invitation from Pauliina Salminen to present Difference Screen at Vol de Nuits on the 11th April 2014, a date perfectly suited to our itinerary. The screening at Vol de Nuits is a good example of networking processes that have made DS possible. I first met Pauliina and her partner Andrés Jaschek as fellow artists on an international residency, Periferry1.0 (2008) at Guwahati in Assam, NE India www.periferry.in/. Periferry1.0 was the inaugural event in an ongoing series of residencies, workshops, exhibitions and symposia organised by Desire Machine Collective founders Mriganka Madhukaillya and Sonal Jain under the auspices of Khoj India. Periferry uses a former …

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We’ve travelled from one very small island, Lots Ait, just 500m long in the River Thames in West London, to Visby, Gotland, an island in the Baltic Sea some 160 km long, for our next episode of Difference Screen. For centuries Gotland was a strategic trading and military position in the Baltic and made its wealth as one of the Hanseatic Ports – a trading post midstream of trade routes between Baltic ports, including Gdansk, Hamburg and Novgorod, and as far as the east coast of England. For us, a strategic point for ‘trading’ international artists’ films – and exchanging thoughts and experiences with people here. Medieval port, Gotland Visby …

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                    Ben left, Bruce sitting, with Torbjörn Limé Screening night 11.3.2014. After the busy opening on Friday night when many people were able to see Echo Logo by Phil Dadson and Gordana Andjelic Galic’s Washing installed in the ground floor galleries of the Konstmuseum, our Tuesday evening screening had an intimate feel with twelve guests. Livia Paldi, Director of the Baltic Art Center and composer Simon Vincent from Berlin were among those who joined us for the programme that included two films sourced for the occasion from Denmark and Sweden. Friends He Lost At Sea by Henrik Lund Jørgensen, originally from …

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Conny Dahl Möller comments on the 2nd half of a screening programme at Gotlands Konst Museum, Visby, Sweden 11 March 2014 / 19:00 – 21:00 Uploaded from C-dur & moll http://connydm.blogspot.se/2014/03/difference-screen.html torsdagen den 13:e mars 2014 Difference Screen I tisdags gick jag till Gotlands Konstmuseum för att träffa de två installatörerna Bruce Allan och Ben Eastop som jag, vilket ni redan vet, också träffade dagen innan. Denna gång för att se deras installation Difference Screen som är en samling av flera kortfilmer utav olika konstnärer världen över. Då jag kom lite sent missade jag tyvärr den första halvan av deras presentation men dök som tur var upp lagom till pausen …

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Friday 7 Feb 2014. A sunny, spring-like morning with no hint of the eruption of anger that was about to hit the streets of Sarajevo later that evening. Groups were gathering in the square outside a grand city government building – joined by two sparse lines of riot police. Kriterion Kino, where we are presenting Difference Screen, is just round the corner from the square. Staff were preparing for a big party with an American DJ – crates of beer were stacked on the floor – sound systems and search lights being tested in the auditorium, which doubles as a cinema. At dusk, as we walked back towards our hotel …

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On Monday 17th February Difference Screen presented a selection of films at CZKD The Center for Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade. They included two works from the Balkans, Renata Poljak’s Staging Actors / Staging Beliefs and Breda Beban’s Walk of the Three Chairs. In Staging Actors / Staging Beliefs (2011) Renata Poljak revisits Boshko Buha an iconic film from her childhood, a tale of young Partisans fighting the Nazis in WW2. Boshko Buha is a tragic hero who dies young “he was only fifteen when he joined the communist movement, and was posthumously awarded with the People’s Hero of Yugoslavia title. Through the film’s continuous screenings both in theaters and on the …

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