Presentation of Laura Prikule and A lecture by Avi Feldman


18.00 – 19.00 |  Presentation of Laura Prikule

Laura Prikule Latvian artist has spent 2 months in Budapest within the residency program of Totaldobze, Riga and the Studio of Young Artists’ Association. In her presentation she will speak about her previous works, the project she has been working on during her stay in Budapest, and about the structure of contemporary art institutions in Riga. Laura Prikule is a Riga based intermedia artist, she is using installation, painting, photography as her main visual vocabularies. She explores the ideas of time-space, travel, interconnectivity and play. Prikule has completed her graduate studies (MFA) at San Francisco Art Institute (2001-2004) with a Fulbright Fellowship and BFA (1997-2001) at Art Academy of Latvia and currently is working on her PhD thesis. Since 2009 she has been collaborating with visual artist Eva Vevere in Poetic Robotism Projects, examining and exposing the divide between the poetic and the robotic in artistic practice.


19.00 – 20.30 | A lecture by Avi Feldman


+ open discussion
Moderation: Katja Melzer (Robert Bosch Cultural Manager, Pécs)

Berlin based and Israeli raised curator Avi Feldman (born 1976 in Montreal, Canada) holds a lecture, posing the concepts of “testimony” and “witnessing”. In an open discussion, works of Israeli artists being introduced, who address private as well as global historical events (“stories”), ostensibly stamped by an imprint of “truth” even if they do not purport to document reality. Centered on video and cinematic works, Feldman acknowledges the possibility that these artistic media often form exclusive evidence, and are equally capable of preserving and distorting memory. Excerpts of art works by Nir Evron, Ohad Fishof, Yael Bartana, Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Gal Nir will be shown and discussed.
This program takes place in the frame of VIDEOCRACY: International Video ART Festival, Pécs 2011.

The presentations will be in English.