kinema ikon – Experiments in Motion (1970-1989)

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Abstract / Description of output

This chapter explores the activities of the Romanian experimental arts group kinema ikon between 1970 and 1989. What did experimental aesthetics mean in an institutional environment policed by the Communist state? And how did international avant-garde movements such as Dada and Fluxus inform the group’s artistic position and the local “scene”? In a context dominated by rigid def initions of art, was f ilm a preferred support for kinema ikon’s ambitious theoretical and aesthetic program because of its material flexibility? This chapter demonstrates that the group’s contribution to the history of experimental art and f ilm cannot be located exclusively in the local—Romanian, or even Eastern European—context, emphasizing how this idiosyncratic collective reached beyond its rather finite, preassigned universe.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExperimental Cinemas in State-Socialist Eastern Europe
EditorsKsenya Gurshtein , Sonja Simonyi
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9789048532964
ISBN (Print)9789462982994
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2022

Publication series

NameEastern European screen cultures
PublisherAmsterdam University Press

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Socialist Romania
  • kinema ikon
  • unofficial culture in the second public sphere
  • George Săbău
  • Ioan Pleș


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