Videograms of a Revolution
Videogramme einer Revolution/ Videograms of a Revolution
Germany, 1992, video(16mm)
In Europe, in the fall of 1989, history took place before our very eyes. Farocki and Ujica’s Videograms shows the Rumanian revolution of December 1989 in Bucharest in a new media-based form of historiography. Demonstrators occupied the television station [in Bucharest] and broadcast continuously for 120 hours, thereby establishing the television studio as a new historical site. Between December 21, 1989 (the day of Ceaucescu’s last speech) and December 26, 1989 (the first televised summary of his trial), the cameras recorded events at the most important locations in Bucharest, almost without exception. The determining medium of an era has always marked history, quite unambiguously so in that of modern Europe. […] As we know, the 20th century is filmic. But only the videocamera, with its heightened possibilities in terms of recording time and mobility, can bring the process of filming history to completion. Provided, of course, that there is history.
*Screening along with The Words of a Chairman (€5 ticket includes both films)