Marina Gržinić and Aina Šmid are major figures of Slovenian video art. Their political art attacks the multilayered root of the videographic medium and its relation to mass media. Using cross references from cinema, literature, theatre, visual arts and philosophy, they mobilize a vast cultural reservoir, which they re-read within the social and political reality of post-socialism. In their work transvestism becomes a linguistic strategy. Gržinić´s and Šmid´s works demonstrate that post-communist disillusionment may give birth to an extraordinary dynamism of resistance.
(Maria Klonaris, Katerina Thomadaki)
-Bilokacija 1990, 12:10 min,
-Labirint 1990, 11:45 min,
-Luna 10 1994, 10:35 min,
-A3 - Apatija, Aids In Antarktika 1995, 9:37 min,
-Postsocializem + Retroavantgarda + Irwin 1997, 22:05 min,
-O Muhah S Tržnice 1999, 7:55 min,
-Vzhodna Hiša 2003, 19:39 min
Marina Gržinić and Aina Šmid work together since 22 years. They have presented and exhibited their videos and video installations in more than 100 video festivals throughout the world and have received several major awards for their video productions. They have collaborated on more than 40 video art and media installations and performance projects. Independently they have directed several video documentaries and television productions.
Marina Gržinić (1958) is a doctor of philosophy and works as a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at the ZRC SAZU (Scientific and Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Art) in Ljubljana. Gržinić is a Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She also works as a freelance media theorist, art critic and curator. She has (co)edited 13 books on theory, new media and philosophy.
Aina Šmid (1957) is a professor of art history and works as an editor of a design/architecture magazine in Ljubljana.
In 2003 Gržinić / Šmid held their most comprehensive video retrospective presentation to date at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany.
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