26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Fascinations: Radek Pilař
A second look at Radek Pilař
Some works need a significant time distance to be watched, understood and accepted in a proper way. How are we able to watch Radek Pilař’s experimental, abstract, and collage films from the late 1960s today? And what about his subsequent video art works that have undergone a wave of popularity, forgetting, rejection and rediscovery? This retrospective selection of Pilař’s works from the 1960s to the 1990s is based on a critical look at his complete archive of 374 videotapes in various formats. It documents the ongoing efforts to remediate his own work under the influence of new technologies, as well as the ways in which the artist dealt with the changes in the cultural environment of the 1980s.
Introductory lecture with film samples – Martin Blažíček and Anna Kryvenko (40 min.)
Projection, short film series (50 min.)
Prepared by Národní filmový archiv Praha