Scripting the Romanian revolution of 1989 in contemporary art

Katarzyna Ruchel-Stockmans, Klaudija Sabo (Redacteur)

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This article discusses artistic responses to the events of 1989 in Romania, focusing on the so-called televised revolution, seen as a turning point in the materialisation of a new regime of images. If the media coverage of the turmoil elicited sharp commentaries from thinkers such as Jean Baudrillard, Giorgio Agamben and Vilém Flusser, then these commentaries, in turn, triggered visual artists and film makers to investigate images by means of images themselves. Analyzing films Videograms of a Revolution by Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica (1992) and The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaucescu (2010) by Andrei Ujica as well as videos The Auditions of a Revolution by Irina Botea (2006) and Trial (2004) by Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor, this article seeks to investigate how the abundant television and amateur footage alters the conditions of historical knowledge. In particular, the notion of script, as it is used in television theory and in historical accounts, helps to illuminate the ways images functioned during and after the revolution.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)326-338
Aantal pagina's13
Nummer van het tijdschrift39
StatusPublished - 2012

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Sabo, Klaudija


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