In 1979, an ‘International Art Manifestation’ entitled Works and Words was held in Amsterdam, organised by De Appel and Holland Experimental Film, the partial precursor to the EYE Film Museum. Works and Words focused on contemporary art from socialist Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Yugoslavia through a series of art events that included lectures, performances, installations, video, photography and film across the city. This current event compiled by De Appel in collaboration with EYE museum is a celebration of this interdisciplinary ‘Art Manifestation’. It includes a selection of experimental films from the original programme by seminal artists such as Dóra Maurer (HU), Józef Robakowski (PL) and Mladen Stilinović (HR).
The screening is additionally framed by a conversation on the fascinating context of Works and Words as a cultural event organised during the Cold War era, and a concert-performance by contemporary Polish media artist Wojciech Bąkowski. His work notably revisits some of the themes experimental filmmakers engaged in the late 1970s by, for example, zooming in on details of everyday life.
The programme is organised on the occasion of the reprint of the original Works and Words exhibition catalogue by De Appel and Roma Publications. On this evening the reprint is for sale for 15 euro (normal price 19,95).