28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Vasulka Effect
The Vasulka Effect
The Vasulka Effect
The Vasulka Effect
The Vasulka Effect
The Vasulka Effect

The Vasulka Effect

director: Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir
original title: The Vasulka Effect
country: Czech Republic, Iceland, Sweden
year: 2019
running time: 87 min.


Art experimentation, image deconstruction, observation process. For over half a century now, the pioneers of video art Woody and Steina Vasulka have been exploring human memory, media memory and memory of art as an institution. A taste of life-long cohabitation of this partner and creative couple presents a personal story of a journey along places marked by their common fate: Brno, Prague, Reykjavik, New York and Buffalo. The odyssey of artistic fame of the living legends is put in contrast with their fragile social world and uncertain life perspectives. The heritage of video art is structured according to the texture of media of individual eras of film (35mm, video and hard disk). Fifty years of avant-garde saved on an external disk.


Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir is an Icelandic producer, director, camerawoman and activist. She is the author of many films and TV programmes (e.g. Taste the North Atlantic). Her interests include mainly social issues.

more about film

director: Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir
cast: Woody Vašulka, Steina Vasulka, Andy Warhol
producer: Margret Jonasdottir, Radim Procházka
photography: Arnar Pór Pórisson, Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir
editing: Jakob Halldórsson
music: Hugar
sound: Václav Flegl
co-producer: Simon Klose, Vibeke Vogel
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