Warm-up #OWR11: The Polyekran of Emotional Work

22 February, 19:30 - 00 January, 23:00
Rezidența BRD Scena9

Between February 22nd and March 9th, we invite the audience in Bucharest to the OWR11 Warm-up – a series of screenings and special events taking place at Rezidența BRD Scena9, ARCUB and Elvire Popesco Cinema. Through documentary films, archive images, debates and a multimedia installation we will get used to the festival spirit and we will discuss a few of the 11th edition’s topics: the past relevant to the present, the LGBTQ community rights, education or the fight against oppressive political systems.

The event opening up the Warm-up series is the opening of the exhibition “The Polyekran of the Emotional Work” – a spatial video-essay created by Pavel Sterec and Petra Dobruska, with a live soundtrack by Maria Balabas. The opening event takes place on Thursday, February 22nd, at 7:30 p.m. at Rezidenta BRD Scena9, but the space will be open for visits every day until the end of the festival, on March 25th

“The Polyekran of the Emotional Work” presents different kinds of work and socio-economical relationships from the past and the present, trying to stimulate a political reimagination of the various possible sides of work. The format of the installation is related to the poliekran – an audio-visual experiment of the Czech artists Emil Radok and Josef Svoboda, between the 1950s and 1960s.

The installation, or more precisely, the spatial video-essay is formed out of 25 screens on which short clips are shown, allowing visitors to move along the images however they like and visually confronting several spaces at a time. On the screens in the installation there is archive footage of different types of work - from manual, to mechanised to robotised work, which replaces the human component, leading to igher unemployment rates. In a more optimistic vision, the automatisation of work can also offer the acknowledgement over activities that were not considered work before.

The respondents of the „video-investigation” thought about the actual forms under the general concept of work, trying to answer the questions: Are we capable of identifying emotional work, cherish it, recognise its value or is it just an underestimated, under-evaluated certainty.