28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Signature of Certain Things
The Signature of Certain Things
The Signature of Certain Things
The Signature of Certain Things

The Signature of Certain Things

director: Zbyněk Baladrán
original title: The Signature of Certain Things
country: Czech Republic
year: 2022
running time: 15 min.


An audiovisual essay using a digitized, 8mm format that addresses questions of what the essence of contemporary art is and who it's made for. The film, which is divided into nine chapters, is based on practical experience and the works that are on display in the Gandy Gallery in Bratislava. It examines the relationship between the artwork as a whole and its features, signatures, and also institutional background.

“The works of art resemble the things around us, mysteriously reflecting reality. Institutions are also similar to the objects we know. They mirror the way we act.”


Zbyněk Baladrán (* 1973) is a visual artist, curator, and exhibition architect. He studied art history at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University and then new media at AVA. He is the co-founder of Display, a space for contemporary art, which later after pairing up with the tranzit.cz project formed tranzitdisplay. Among his films presented by Ji.hlava IDFF include Theory of Work (2007), 40,000,000 (2010), Powerless Source of All Power (2018), Catastrophe (2019), In Praise of Dialectics (2021), and Social Murder (2021).

more about film

director: Zbyněk Baladrán
producer: Zbyněk Baladrán
music: Ian Mikyska
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
Česká televize
Český rozhlas