Laboratorium

Description

OGV Gallery II (Masarykovo náměstí 24)
Opening hours during the festival:
* 27/10: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
* 28/10 - 31/10: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
* 1/11: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Laboratorium exhibition space complements the film programme, presenting other audiovisual forms that explore the world and bring aesthetic joy. Video installations of layered images, reinterpreting cities, space, and media reports about the state of the world delve deep into objects and the landscape. The heads (and bodies) of lecturing philosophers appear on screens, supplementing the Film and Philosophy section. The exhibited paintings of Kryštof Strejc link to the premiere of his experimental film Before the Interception. The interactive document 17,000 Islands allows visitors to create their own version of the film being screened in the gallery at the time. In the games corner, visitors can try out ten educational computer games, which, using different games genres and visual images, let the player participate in peace negotiations, resolve a humanitarian crisis, practice time management, learn how personal data is handled in the digitised world, or submerge themselves in history, mathematics, astronomy or philosophy.

Object / Guli Silberstein / United Kingdom / 4 min / 2015 / Eastern European Premiere

Visual shifts and decomposition added to found footage of an anti-Israel demonstration on the West Bank draw attention to a man as he struggles with soldiers.

Night Waves / Patrick Bergeron / Canada / 4 min / 2015

The light patterns and textures of Asian cities at night, captured through digital video scratching, provide a heady stroll along metropolitan boulevards.

The Exponential Nature of Images / Manuela de Laborde / USA, Mexico / 6 min / 2015/ World Premiere

A macro-cross-section reveals the core of objects and the appeal of structures. Movement over surfaces creates a near tactile experience.

Gateball / Yoshiki Nishimura / Japan / 4 min / 2014

An everyday golf course scene viewed through both video and 3D-CG cameras creates the illusion of space, offering a new visual perspective.

Agrabagrabah / Calvin Frederick / USA / 4 min / 2015 / European Premiere

Memories and visions: 11 September 1991, 2001 and 2057 – audiovisual constructs without the use of digital effects; images created in the camera using Kodak film.

On Hanne Darboven / In Conclusion / Thomas Mohr / Netherlands, Germany / 8 min / 2014 / Czech Premiere 

The director of Dash(Es) returns to the Requiem composition by the conceptual artist Hanne Darboven, who, in her “mathematical music”, converted into sound the numbers from her large installations of handwritten tables of calculations.

Out My Window Down the Alley Around the Corner and Up the Block / Perry Bard / USA / 5 min / 2014

Vertical images, like those seen through a mobile phone lens, capture the filmmaker’s external ordinariness in the sequential views from his flat accompanied by commonplace sounds.

Aspects of Trees / Andrew Denton / New Zealand / 16 min / 2015 / International Premiere 

This ecological ballad draws attention to climate change, which has led to a pine beetle epidemic on the North American west coast and the decimation of large areas of forest.

Trees / Gonzalo E. Veloso / Spain / 5 min / 2015 / World Premiere

Shimmery trees imprinted against a bright sky evoke the cognitive process, when echoes of what is seen impress in memory an image of the experienced.

Clash of the Titans: Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault Debate Human Nature & Power / 1971 / 70 min

In a TV debate, American philosopher, linguist and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky and French philosopher and psychologist Michel Foucault discuss creativity as a part of innate human nature, the restrictions of social institutions and their past and current function, and social and technological power.

Living in the End Times (According to Slavoj Zizek) / 2010 / 50 min

TV airtime for the philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek in a program where the respondent, who, in his words, “is bombarded with images that are factual reality”, must immediately respond to the reported events, opinions, and current news.

John Searle: Consciousness as a Problem in Philosophy and Neurobiology / 2014 / 53 min

Lecture by American philosopher John Searle at Cambridge, summarising past and current perspectives of consciousness and explaining why consciousness is not programmed in the human mind.

Jean Baudrillard: Violence of the Image / 2004 / 90 min

Lecture by French philosopher and sociologist Jean Baudrillard discussing the power of images, violence in relation to (non)transparency, (non) secrecy and exceptionality.

Daniel Dennett: Is Science Showing at We Don’t Have Free Will? / 2008 / 84 min

Lecture by American philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett in Edinburgh discussing the possible compatibility between determinism and free will.

17,000 Islands / Thomas A Østbye, Edwin / Norway, Indonesia / 2013

Build an island on a living map of the Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park, a reminder of the idealised depiction of society under Suharto’s totalitarian regime, by modifying an interactive film reflecting on how the image of a nation is created and promoted. 

Kryštof Strejc / The Remarkable World

A spatial installation based on reflections about exploring the remarkable nature of the world, the landscape, light, disappearance and invisibility. Contradictory notions, doubtful certainty, or imaginary reality? What leads us to explore remarkability?

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Game Point:

Triskelion / 2011 / Gamelearn

An educational game comprising a series of simulations to train so skills teaches principles of time management, setting priorities, organising living space and time, and learning skills to renew strengths.

Data Dealer / 2011/ Cracked Labs – Institute for Critical Digital Culture & Cuteacute Media OG

Acclaimed online simulation about internet privacy. A “serious game” about personal data and tracking, in which players explore what private data is collected as they move around the internet, how and where it is collected, and what can happen with it.

Planet Hunters / 2010 / Zooniverse

Platform game about astronomy from the Zooniverse series – a collection of web-based science projects in which volunteers (players) help researchers classify a large volume of data for further research. In this game, players look for and sort new faraway planets.

Veligrad Fos-Zoe-Nika / 2013 / The Museum of Moravian Slovakia in Uherské Hradiště

In this educational game by the Museum of Moravian Slovakia in Uherské Hradiště, players search for data about the Špitálky Gardens archaeological site, and follow the site’s growth while learning about historical events of the Great Moravian Empire.

Československo 38-39 / 2015 / Charles University in Prague – Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and The Czech Academy of Sciences

In this highly developed Czech educational game from Charles University and the Academy of Sciences, players delve into modern Czechoslovak history in a game that moves between adventure and interactive comics.

The Talos Principle / 2008 / Croteam

Set in a visually stunning world, this action adventure takes the player through the development of civilization. Using clues, puzzles, non-linear movement, and space-time manipulation, he explores philosophical questions. 

Festivalgoers can find all these and many other games in “the game point” in OGV II.

Photo Gallery

 
Festival edition: 2015
Event type: Special Screening

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