Screening: Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body

SOTA@GARAGE. Mass vs. Multitude: Alternative Spaces
14 May 2016


As part of the SOTA@GARAGE educational program, we are holding a screening of Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body, directed by Marta Popivoda. The film was inspired by a two-year research project, Performance and the Public, which Ana Vujanović, Bojana Cvejić, and Marta Popivoda worked on in 2011 and 2012.

The film deals with the question of how ideology is performed in public spaces through mass performances. The author collected and analyzed film and video footage from the period of Yugoslavia focusing on state performances (1945–2000, with youth work actions, May Day parades, the celebration of Youth Day, etc.) as well as counter-demonstrations (1968, student and civic demonstration in the 1990s, the October 5th revolution, etc.). Going back through the images, the film traces how communist ideology was gradually exhausted through the changing relations between the people, ideology, and the state.

According to the director, “This research-based essay film is a very personal perspective on the history of socialist Yugoslavia, its dramatic end, and its recent transformation into a few democratic nation states. Experience of the dissolution of the state, and today’s ‘wild’ capitalist reestablishment of the class system in Serbia are my reasons for going back through the media images and tracing the way one social system changed by performing itself in public space.”

The screening is preceded by Bojana Cvejić’s lecture Notes for a Society of Performance. She will also give a short introduction to the film.

Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body
Director: Marta Popivoda
Serbia, France, Germany, 2013
Duration: 62 minutes


Marta Popivoda is film and video maker born in Belgrade. She is currently based in Berlin and Belgrade. Her work explores concerns with the discursive power structure of the contemporary art world, intersections between performance and film, as well as with the Yugoslav cultural and political sphere through the production of films, video installations, photography, and performance. Her work is strongly related to the TkH (Walking Theory), a theoretical-artistic platform and journal, where she is a member of the editorial collective. Her works have been part of exhibitions and programs at Tate Modern London, MoMA New York, M HKA Antwerp, 21er Haus Vienna, the Beirut Art Center, Musée de la danse Rennes, Museum of Modern Art + MSUM Ljubljana, Documenta 12 Kassel, Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst, and HAU - Hebbel am Ufer. The feature documentary Yugoslavi, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body premiered at the 63rd Berlinale for Forum Expanded, and was later screened at many film festivals worldwide.

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