Konteksty / Contexts / 2021 / Sokołowsko / Poland


Stuart Brisley
Being and Doing
55 min

In Being and Doing filmmaker Ken McMullen and artist Stuart Brisley collaborate to search out the origins of performance art, connecting it not to modernism but to ancient folk rituals in England and Europe. These rituals offer a drama where the division between the performer and audience has not been institutionalised. They testify to powerful behavioral traditions which have survived the transition from an agricultural to an industrial society.

Friday 30/07 | 11:00 AM
Saturday 31/07 | 2:00 AM
Sunday 1/08 | 11:00 AM


Emma Davie, Peter Mettler
Becoming Animal
78 min

Shot in and around Grand Teton National Park, this audiovisual essay draws together the distinct sensibilities of filmmakers Peter Mettler and Emma Davie and philosopher David Abram to forge a path into the places where humans and animals meet, where we pique our senses to witness the so-called natural world – which in turn witnesses us.

Saturday 31/07 | 4:30 PM


Heidrun Holzfeind,
the time is now I+II
48 min

The work the time is now is composed of two films with the Japanese shamanic improvisation duo IRO. The couple Shizuko and Toshio Orimo have worked together since 1981. Their music, their activism in the peace and anti-nuclear movement, and their free-spirited way of life reflect an animist and pantheistic worldview that rejects commercialism in all its forms.

Saturday 31/07 | 8:00 PM


Gordon Matta-Clark
43 min

This film documents the legendary SoHo restaurant and artists’ cooperative Food, which was opened in 1971 by Carol Goodden,Tina Girouard and Gordon Matta-Clark. Owned and operated by Goodden, Food was designed and built largely by Matta-Clark, who also organized art events and performances there. As a social space, meeting ground and ongoing art project for the emergent downtown artists’ community, Food was a landmark that still resonates in the history and mythology of SoHo in the 1970s, serving also a canonical example of “occupational realism”.

Friday 30/07 | 12:00 PM
Saturday 31/07 | 1:00 PM
Sunday 1/08 | 12:00 PM


Jan Moszumański
Nyege Nyege Tapes Tapes: Greed for Speed
65 min

Work-in-progress screening of a film which tells the story of Singeli, Tanzanian electronic turbo-folk music, presented as a symptom of a political transformation in Tanzania at the beginning of the 21st century. Earlier, in 1965-95, Tanzania was followed an African socialist model, led by the prime minister (and later president) Julius Nyerere. The music of that bygone era was the slow and dignified Taarabu. The tempo of Singeli is very fast (around 180-200 BPM). It was created by the generation that, at the time of the transformation, haven’t even finished the – back then still free – primary school.

Friday 30/07 | 5:30 PM


Rosalind Nashashibi
Vivian’s Garden
30 min

Vivian Suter and her mother Elisabeth Wild are two Swiss / Austrian émigré artists living in Panajachel, Guatemala, where they have developed a matriarchal compound in an environment that offers both refuge and terror. The film takes a close and dreamy look at their artistic, emotional and economic lives, with their extended householders: Mayan villagers as guardians and home help, and an assortment of dogs.

Friday 30/07 | 9:20 PM


Summer projects
29 min

The activities of the Slovenian OHO group (active from 1966 to 1971) are described as “transcendental conceptualism”. Many of their activities took place in nature and consisted of poetic and transient interventions using readily available materials: strings or sticks. In the last phase, OHO members undertook to leave the world of art through a combination of Conceptual Art and a kind of esoteric and ecological approach. The film Summer Projects 1970 is a review of the group’s actions in various personal configurations, implemented outside the gallery, described using diagrams and instructions.

Friday 30/07 | 1:00 PM
Saturday 31/07 | 12:30 PM
Sunday 1/08 | 1:00 PM


Otolith Group
O Horizon
90 min

O Horizon is part of a long-standing research project into the educational philosophies of Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore. Filmed in Visva-Bharati, a school founded by Tagore in Santiniketan, West Bengal, this filmic mediation focuses on the school’s material production, philosophy and practice, reflecting its conception as a living educational laboratory. A series of essayistic portraits reflect upon modernist theories of art, nature, craft, and radical pedagogy as developed by Tagore, whose life and thought informed the building of this unique institution.

Thursday 29/07 | 8:30 PM


Jessica Sarah Rinland
Black Pond
42 min

Black Pond is an odyssey across a common land in the south of England told through the hands of the members of the Natural History Society who currently occupy it. The members of the Society devote themselves to bat and moth trapping, mycology, tree measuring and botanical walks.

Friday 30/07 | 8:30 PM


Wilhelm Sasnal
12 min

Chrust (Brushwood) tells a story of a couple that lives isolated from the outside world, in a close relation to nature and the cosmos, and creates their own private theater of the absurd. The theme of a cosmogenic story about the daughter of the moon is used to build a private mythology of the artist’s family, which Sasnal has been developing in his “private movies” since the beginning of his career. Sasnal’s film language is permeated with references to primary painterly themes such as still life, portraiture, landscape, which are juxtaposed with humorous, warm performance.

Friday 30.07 | 1:45 PM
Saturday 31.07 | 12:00 PM
Sunday 1.08 | 2:30 PM


Listening sessions:

Mila Nowacka
WIDT, 25′

WIDT was created as a result of experimenting with audio and video devices. While creating the project, Mila worked with the voice of her sister Antonina Nowacka, with whom she forms the WIDT band. She noticed that her sister’s voice resonated perfectly with the feedback effect of 1980s video devices.

Friday 30/07 | 4:30 PM
Sunday 1/08 | 2:00 PM


Justyna Banaszczyk
Down to Earth, 54′

Field recordings and compositions prepared by Justyna especially for a podcast series Przyziemnie (Down to Earth), devoted to the climate crisis. The soundtrack, which was the foundation of the series and the background of the narration, was mixed into one musical piece.

Thursday 29/07 | 6:00 PM
Friday 30/07 | 7:30 PM
Saturday 31/07 | 6:00-8:00 PM (loop)


Jana Winderen
Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone, 34’59”

The composition was created from recordings made in the Barents Sea near Spitsbergen, in the so-called marginal zone of the glacier – the place where the eternal ice meets the sea. Due to the climate warming, the zone, which is one of the largest storages of carbon dioxide on the planet, is undergoing radical changes, affecting the lives of many organisms.

Thursday 29/07 | 7:00–8:30 (loop)
Friday 30/07 | 3:00–4:30 (loop)


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Dofinansowano ze środków Ministra Kultury, Dziedzictwa Narodowego i Sportu pochodzących z Funduszu Promocji Kultury, uzyskanych z dopłat ustanowionych w grach objętych monopolem państwa, zgodnie z art. 80 ust. 1 ustawy z dnia 19 listopada 2009 r. o grach hazardowych