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Andrei Ujica

Born in 1951 in Timisoara, Romania. Lives and works in Berlin and Karlsruhe.

With a background in literature, Andrei Ujica has published a number of stories and essays since 1968, such as Television/Revolution Das Ultimatum des Bildes (The Ultimatum of the Image). He has lived and worked in Germany since 1981 where he teaches literature, film and media theory. As of 1990, Ujica decides to devote himself to cinema and creates Videogramme einer Revolution (Videograms of a Revolution, 1992) in collaboration with Harun Farocki, which becomes a landmark film on the relationship between political power and the media in Europe in the End of Cold War Europe. His second film Out of the Present (1995), tells the story of cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, who spent ten months aboard the space station Mir, while on earth, the Soviet Union ceased to exist. Out of the Present has been compared to the most renowned classical films in the cinematic history such as 2001: A Space Odyssey or Solaris, and is famous for being the most recognized non-fictional film of the 90's.
As a consequence of the convergence between cinematographic views and artistic scenes nowadays, his films became part of notorious exhibitions. For the exhibition Unknown Quantity at the Fondation Cartier, Paris (29.11.02 - 30.03.03), Andrei Ujica created a comission film installation on the discussion between Paul Virilio and Svetlana Alexievitch, confronting both traditions of the philosophical dialogue and the cinematograph as a "vision machine".

Filmography ::

Videogramme einer Revolution, zusammen mit Harun Farocki, Harun Farocki Filmproduktion, Bremer Institut Film/Fernsehen, 16mm, 107 Min., D, 1992

Out of the Present, Bremer Institut Film/Fernsehen, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), la sept/arte, Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF), St. Petersburg Documentary Film Studios, 35mm, 96 Min., D/F/RU/BE, 1995

2 Pasolini, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Geyer/von Vietinghoff Film, 35mm, 12 Min., F/D, 2000

Unknown Quantity, ZKM | Filminstitut, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Geyer/von Vietinghoff Film, DVD, 67 Min., D/F, 2005

Exhibitions ::


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