Exhibition The Warehouse of Alternative 1982-2022
Alternative film/video festival spreads across the Student City Cultural Center as a network of objects, images, documents, films and undiscovered testimonies.
In every room there is a trace of Alternative – a faded poster, a VHS tape, a proof copy of the catalog from 1987, a photograph, blank paper on the wall (traces of telecine process), even just an empty envelope with the address of some famous author or cinema club that sent the films to the festival. Some of these traces are archival material; some are of great cultural significance and are part of the Alternative Film Archive’s important collection. Some are parts of previous festivals: exhibition boards, posters, still photos from films. And some are simply objects without function, two or three out of hundreds or thousands of printed copies, pieces of old technology, boxes full of accreditations, ribbons, papers with vague notes or short reminders about the number of guests, telephones, list of films, arrival and departure dates of jury members … All these traces stand here and there, recalling the history of the festival: the people who once organized it, the films that were shown.
Exhibition The Warehouse of Alternative 1982-2022 intends to involve you, as visitors to a one possible warehouse, in discovering the festival’s four-decade history by actively picking through its traces.
Ivan Velisavljević, Alternative Film Archive/Academic Cine Club Media Archive