„Crash Mail of a Five Year Accident”: screening and discussion with Alex Mirutziu

Photo credit: Alex Mirutziu, Crash Mail of a Five Year Accident, 2016-2021.

Thursday, 12 August, starting from 6 PM, you are invited to a special event. Art Encounters Foundation is pleased to present the first screening of the film Crash Mail of a Five Year Accident, created by Alex Mirutziu over the past five years.

Thursday’s event will include the screening of the film, which is shown for the first time, as well as a discussion with the artist moderated by Diana Marincu, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Alex Mirutziu on Crash Mail of a Five Year Accident:

“This film is a dramatization of a variety of themes that have been a part of my practice in various tonalities since 2000, with a focus on the last five years, from 2016 to 2021. The vast majority of the materials used in the film have never been seen before. Testimonies, beliefs, poetic and philosophical perspectives, personal reflections, biographical and autobiographical data, and footnotes accumulate rapidly, juxtaposed or in opposition to reveal the power dynamics between society and the individual, with an emphasis on the significance of actions taken to meet our needs in the absence of known consequences.

My research into inner dissolution as a method of un-selfing, as well as proposals to imagine the situation of the ‘other,’ the difficulty of dying in an ordered world of being dominated or alienated by the proximity we have with our feces, the complexity of losing faith in the meaning of words, and into self-sacrifice as a method of highlighting social and political injustices, are purposefully cut to be recalcitrant.

I stay true to the same question: to what extent is the difficulty of knowing oneself detrimental to oneself and to the ‘other’, who is constantly troubled by the prospect of a future outcome?”

Alex Mirutziu’s practice extends over a wide range of media and activities, including sculpture, film, drawing, poetry and performance as well as critical and curatorial projects.

As part of his theoretical practice, the artist has lectured at Royal College of Arts, London, Von Kraal Theatre, Estonia, Konstfack, Stockholm, Bezalel University of Art and Design, Tel Aviv, and has collaborated with artists, writers, musicians, designers, philosophers, such as Grit Hachmeister (DE), Elias Merino (ES), Graham Foust (US), Graham Harman (US). His work has been shown at Power Plant, Toronto, Glass Factory Lab, Boda, Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, Center for Contemporary Art and National Museum, Warsaw, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Kunsthalle Bega, Centre for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Royal Academy of Arts, London, and Venice Biennale.

This event is part of the “Art in Action” cultural project, which has been co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The project does not necessarily reflect the view of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The ANCF cannot be held responsible for the project`s contents or use of results. Responsibility for the latter belongs solely to the beneficiary.

This event is part of “MAP – Mentorships, Artists, Partnerships”, a cultural program that has been organised with the support of the Timișoara City Hall and the Timișoara Local Council. This cultural programme does not necessarily reflect the view of the Timișoara City Hall and the Timișoara Local Council. Responsibility for the content of this cultural program and the use of its results belongs solely to the authors and the beneficiary of this financing. The Timișoara City Hall and the Timișoara Local Council are not responsible for the content of the material and the way in which this could be used.