FLORIAN KREPCIK in conversation with artist MARGRET WIBMER at the residency of the Austrian Ambassador in The Hague.     The TENT Academy award winning AKV St. Joost graduate Florian Krepcik, talked about his latest project and his innovative cinematic approach on the short film ‘Is this real love? Of course Not!”. At this first MBU event in The Netherlands, we featured the work of a highly promising young Austrian artist and his role in the expanding field of visual arts. With the event series  conversations with artists, Mbassy Unlimited presents young European and international artists living and working in The Netherlands. Our mission is to communicate and to ignite a new dialogue from the artists perspective, relating to a broadening audience in light of an increasing global interconnection.   This event was hosted and supported by the Austrian Embassy.  

 

 

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Review written by Valerie Reinhold: http://www.redprintdna.com/artists/artbeat-no1-a-successful-cultural-encounter/

 

 

 

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photographs: Rei Kakiuchi

Mbassy Unlimited no1: a successful cultural encounter by Valerie Reinhold

 

We were invited by Mbassy Unlimited to their first event. Mbassy Unlimited, an initiative from artist Margret Wibmer, is an independent alliance for contemporary art & culture that initiates cross-cultural and trans-disciplinary collaboration. Their mission  is to communicate and to ignite a new dialogue from the artists perspective relating to a broadening audience in light of an increasing global interconnection. For the first event, at the Austrian ambassador’s house, Margret invited Florian Krepcik, a young emerging visual artist, to talk about his work, his views on the contemporary art world and his innovative cinematic approach in his latest work. Florian is an Austrian artist who studied in the Netherlands. He naturally turned himself to video art as it was for him the best way to control the audience and show them his world. The relationship with the audience is key to his work: he wants to seduce them and confront them with their emotions. The best way, according to him, is to have them sit in a dark room, where they have to watch and follow the narratives. That way the impact is much bigger than with any other forms of art -besides performances-. The appropriation of images is natural: in the work described below, Florian used images from a video game, but any source is possible: in our world flowed by images, why would you, as an artist, need to create what has already been done, when you can use them and work with them in a new way? The debate was also the occasion to talk about how video art is presented to the public. According to Florian, video curation is still in its infancy. Films shouldn’t be shown in black boxes but more in cinema-like environments: people should have to watch it from the beginning to the end otherwise, what’s the point? Where is the experience? Curators should embrace this new medium and “impose” their audience to watch it like a movie. They could also think about evenings at museums, with projections from video artists’ works. What is it to be an artist when you are 25? Florian wants to focus on his work; the art world recognition is secondary. First express yourself and later deal with the practicalities. So let’s let him broaden his world and give us amazing experiences. We are looking forward to it.   Screenshot 2014-01-23 16.15.43   Florian Krepcik was the winnar of the TENT Academy Awards, a prize for the best short film / movie / animation of young graduates, from the contemporary art platform TENT Rotterdam. He was also selected for the Best of Graduates 2013 exhibition at Ron Mandos. Is this real love? Of course not by Florian Krepcik Florian has created an innovative cinematic experience which infuses feelings in what is usually a cold environment. His way of using computergames as readymade images, makes you think about the real and digital world, about infrastructure, architecture and movement. Bringing in the aesthetics of film, by making the images of the game mainly black and white, creates unity while the artificiality is always there in the flickering light. The sound is brilliant, the selection of cinematographic quotations is great and the chapter titles make for an associative narrative in a very smart and alternative way.  Source: Tent Rotterdam

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