26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
A Time of Rejoicing
director: Radek Pilař
original title: Musica Picta – Čas radování
country: Czech Republic
running time: 4 min.
Since the mid-1980s, the video section was part of the state enterprise Supraphon, with the mission to create video programs on classical music. In 1985–1991, Pilař produced the Musica Picta series in the local JVC transmission car. The individual episodes were based on keying techniques, animation and usually Boris Hybner's clowning. From today's point of view, it is a rather original and aesthetically eccentric attempt to apply video art techniques in the context of a television programme.
biographyRadek Pilař (1931–1993) was one of the leading pioneers of video art in Czechoslovakia in the 1980s. Lying at the intersection of animation, video, and applied forms, his work was inspired by visual expressionism, pop art, and post-war avant-garde film.
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