The Other Visions section has, through a gradual expansion of its activities, become a significant platform which is not only a festival competition, but also an important theoretical base that asks questions related to the manipulation of the moving image. It also tries to answer these questions. The activities of Other Visions continue all year round. This year they have had more than ten presentations in The Czech Republic and abroad (New York, Texas, Iceland and others.). The longterm trends are further research into the distributional possibilities and placing the works in different contexts and presentation modes.
Every year the Other Visions competition changes with the work of a new curator who chooses the final ten competing videos according to their interests and preferences. The emphasis is placed on the installation layout. The curator of Other Visions 2015, film theoretician Lenka Střeláková, in her authorial concept, decided to use an unusual space for exhibiting individually installed works. The curator’s selection will be, according to a long tradition, screened in the cinema and in the gallery space of the exhibition Differentiated Visions. After the difficult logistical process of installation layout we have managed to create, in cooperation with the artistic duo Matěj AlAli and Tomáš Moravec, one of the biggest and most technically demanding exhibitions of the moving image in Olomouc. After eight years, the competition selection is moving from the Galerie Podkroví to the ground floor Atrium, where ten videos of Czech production on the borders of animation, experimental film and videoart will be introduced. Each piece of art is displayed separately, however, together they form a thoughtout unit, which is supported by the curator’s intention and significant touch in the architecture of the exhibition space. The exhibition offers a generous space for the works, which are quite demanding in technical and spatial terms, and at the same time it creates an essential contrast between the works arranged in a linear series. The implementation of installations fundamentally changes the way we look at the presentation customs of the displayed works. The audience can closely observe the individual projections in a thoughtout sequence, which will be interfered with by the gallery custodian who will manually control the course of the exhibition. This year’s Other Visions selection represents a distinct fusion of the spatialperception modes of the installation and the curator’s concept, which will take place in a specific time and space. The curator’s concept this year also includes supporting programme blocks linked with a narrated exhibition tour in the presence of the curator, the architects of the spatial layout and the authors of the competing films. Along with the exhibition there will also be an individual screening of the fortyminute long film Differentiated Visions: The Future Belongs to Helium (Cornpoetron) by David Helán, whose trailer is among the competing videos. Helán’s performance will also be part of the screening. This year the theoretical part of Other Visions is focused on the issue of inland digital databases, their development and purpose. This focus will be in the form of a discussion round table called Error Establishing a Database Connection. The open discussion with guests will be led by artist and teacher Tomáš Javůrek.
Other discussions related to the situation and practice of archiving, distribution and authorship will be led by Matěj Strnad at a round table by the name of Situation of distribution – state of affairs. The guests will be foreign as well as domestic artists, theoreticians and curators, who are performing at PAF – Festival of Film Animation. The FAQs related to the copyright law of moving image’s production will be answered during the lecture of Ivan David, an advocate occupied with this branch of law.
The Other Visions section is gradually becoming not only an important way to solve essential questions relating to the creation of the moving image, but also a space for the authorial curatorship of film and video. This year’s visions are not different, but they are asking new questions and they are looking for other, “differentiated” solutions.