Wim Janssen (BE), Dušica Dražić (RS)
installation, 2017, 16:31
In Yugoslavia, after the end of World War II, a new importance was given to the role of cinema by the Tito regime. In a very short time, hundreds of new cinemas were built, Europe’s largest film studio was founded in Belgrade and Slovenia’s Iskra began the mass manufacture of 35mm film projectors. The most legendary of these would be the NP-21 (NP stands for Narodni Projektor, the Projector of the People). For Projektor, an NP-21 was completely dismantled. A mould was made of each separate part, which was subsequently cast in bronze, then reassembled into a new, functioning and monumental projector. The process was filmed on 35mm, registering the beauty of the original craftsmanship at the foundry and the material similarities between the bronze and the reel of film. The observation that a projector reveals the process of its own making reaches further than a purely conceptual statement. The project is an ode to manual labour and to how craftmanship underwent such fundamental change.
Wim Janssen (BE), born in 1984, lives and works in Antwerp. He works with technologies and functions of audio-visual media. This takes form in media installations, videos, and films. Often, his works are translations of one medium into another. His work has been shown at Ars Electronica in Linz, IFFR in Rotterdam, the Museum of Contemporary art Belgrade and the MUHKA in Antwerp.
Dušica Dražić (RS), born in Belgrade and currently based in Antwerp, explores spaces of irregularity, difference, flexibility, and their transformations. She rethinks them at the level of cultural continuity, symbolism and individual actions. She collects and works with traces that show how culture is constantly being negotiated and redefined. Her work was shown at the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm, IFFR in Rotterdam, The Power Plant in Toronto, International Biennale of Young Artist in Moscow, and Real Factory at Institut Francais du Japon, Tokyo.