Changer d’image – a series of performative events


Live performances by Chto delat? and Ruti Sela
Followed by a discussion with the curators and artists.

On the occasion of tranzit’s 10th anniversary, tranzit and ERSTE foundation announce a series of performative events with the title Changer d’image / To Alter the Image, which will take place in April and in autumn this year, in partnership with mumok kino.

Ten international film and video makers, artists or artist groups are invited to reflect on the process of film making in the form of a live event. The live performances will be presented in the framework of five evenings, each one followed by a week of screenings in the mumok cinema, of films suggested by the participating artists.

Invited artists and film-makers:
Fikret Atay (Batman, Turkey); Johanna Billing (Stockholm); Igor and Ivan Buharov (Budapest); Pavlina Fichta Čierna (Bratislava); Vit Klusak and Filip Remunda (Prague); Ruti Sela (Tel Aviv); Chto delat? (St. Petersburg); The Bureau of Melodramatic Research + The Presidential Candidate (Bucharest); Wendelien van Oldenborgh (Rotterdam); We Should Have Never Left (Uganda): Rasha Salti and Sam Shalabi (Beirut/Cairo).

The first evening of the series will take place on 26 April and will start with two live performances: Chto delat? (St. Petersburg) will present their concept for a film which is seeking new forms of contemporary urban fables, re-reading La Fontaine in a post-Brechtian age. Video artist Ruti Sela (Tel Aviv) proposes a live intervention on stage, experimenting with different processes of moralising movement, participation and uncontrolled engagement.

Chto delat? / What is to be done? is a group of authors, critics, artists and philosophers that was founded in St. Petersburg in 2003.
Exhibitions (selection): Das Lehrstück vom Uneinverständnis, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden (2011); Perestroika: Twenty Years After: 2011–1991, Kunstverein Köln, Cologne (2011); Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2009).

Ruti Sela lives in Tel Aviv. Exhibitions (selection): Moments. A History of Performances in 10 Acts, ZKM, Karlsruhe (2012); Manifesta 8, Murcia (2010); Rare Medium, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2008).

Changer d’image / To Alter the Image was conceived by Vít Havránek (, Dóra Hegyi (, Georg Schöllhammer ( and Raluca Voinea ( for the 10th anniversary of the tranzit initiative.

Changer d’image /To Alter the Image takes up the title of a short film by Jean-Luc Godard. Godard was commissioned to make a film about the subject of the political change in French politics in 1981 when the left (Francois Mitterrand) won the presidential elections. His film is a textual reflection performed by himself in front of a blind frame, that is later on becoming animated by the chain of images that „resist to change“. It is a personal confession on the capacity or un-capacity of changing image to reflect a factual political change.

In the sense of Godard’s reflective approach, tranzit curators invited a group of artists to develop a public presentation of a scenario for a new video or film. The presentation can be considered as an open reflection in front of a blind frame, frozen or moving image, it can also be a concrete proposal for a next film to be realized, but also as an opportunity to think about the potentials of leaving a film as a draft.

Date: 26 April 2013, 7 pm
Location: mumok kino,
Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Vienna, Austria

Further dates: 25 September, 2, 16 and 23 October 2013

Image Credit: Chto delat? Partisan Songspiel, 2009 © Chto delat?