Animate photography, build history
Disappearance of a Tribe (2005), Video film, b&W, 10 min.
In his re-use of photographic and cinematographic archives, Deimantas Narkevicius aims both to renew a lost moment and to re-read an existing imaginary.
This reflection on the historical past, conceived from the present, often depends on the creation of movement from still images. His most recent works enrich this type of animation with an additional illusion, stereoscopic technology.
Born in 1964 in Utena, Lithuania, Deimantas Narkevicius is one of the most recognized artists of the post-communist generation. Sculptor in his beginnings, he mainly makes films, videos and installations. Working with editing techniques, remake or documentary, he proposes to reconfigure time in its paradoxical complexity. His major films include works such as Revisiting Solaris (2007), Once in the XX Century (2004), The Head (2007), Energy Lithuania (2000) and His-story (1998).
His work has been exhibited at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, MoMa, New York and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, among others.
Deimantas Narkevicius’ work will be exhibited at the gallery gb agency, Paris, from October 12th, 2019.
This meeting is organized as part of the Seminar Economics of the picture: Animated/inanimated with the University Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis and the support of the University School of Research ArTec. It aims to reconsider the archaeology of image animation and reflect on the orientations that are brought about by the ongoing technological changes.
It will be moderated by Christa Blümlinger and Jean-Philippe Antoine :
Christa Blümlinger is professor of film and audiovisual studies at the University of Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis, specialised in forms of documentary and avant-garde cinema. She is notably the author of Second-hand Cinema. Aesthetics of reuse in the art of film and new media (Klincksieck, 2013). She directed the book Gestes filmés, gestes filmiques (ed. Mimesis, 2018) with Mathias Lavin.
Jean-Philippe Antoine, professor of aesthetics and art critic, teaches at the University of Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis. His research focuses on the question of memory, image and place from a philosophical and anthropological perspective. His recent publications include Farces et attrapes: inventing images (ed. MAMCO 2017) and a translation of Samuel Morse’s writings (Les Presses du Réel, 2018).