THE WORD FOR THIS PLACE IS NOT UTOPIA, 2012
Three-part video installation

The Word for This Place Is not Utopia exhibition by Magda Tothova is composed of a three-part video installation, created during the artist’s residency in Upper Silesia and the Dąbrowski Basin in May and August 2012, when she worked with the local youth.

In the first film, in a space of devastated buildings the young protagonists try to share answers to seemingly typical questions, often posed to young people when they are being socialized:
Who would they like to be in the future? What would their lives be like?

The second film shows activities centered around word games inspired by the futurological texts of Stanisław Lem. Based on words that characterize their present lives, the young people create neologisms to indicate imaginary phenomena or machines that could change or improve their situations.

The third part of the film provides no response to the questions posed earlier. The action takes place in a post-industrial space – an abandoned cement factory, a symbol of lost wealth, degradation, and decay.

The space of Upper Silesia and the Dąbrowski Basin, where Magda Tothova’s films were made, and where the film’s protagonists live, is undergoing the violent transformation often found in places that were once mined for raw materials. The industrial project has been replaced with information processing services. At the same time, the space itself, along with its cultural baggage, is an open project.

The artist’s work brings together the young and innocent, in a way, with the crippled and destroyed, marred by disappointments in reality and an uncertainty toward tomorrow. The two first parts of the video installation show an instinctively tangible anxiety toward the future. We see a wish to change the speed of life’s rhythm and the pace of growth in the world, a desire characteristic of many places in the globalized world of liquid modernity.
In Part Three, the young protagonists hide in the post-industrial ruins of the world, where the conditions of existence have altered. They remain alone with their desires for change.

Text by Stanislaw Ruksza

DOP_Gerald Kerkletz
First Assistant Camera_Beata Rakoczy
Sound_Marcin Cichon
Color Grading_ Andreas Winter

For videostreaming please contact mail@magdatothova.com

Videostill from PART I, 2012 HD, 4:3, Duration 8min, Loop

Videostill from PART I, 2012 HD, 4:3, Duration 8min, Loop

Videostill from PART I, 2012 HD, 4:3, Duration 8min, Loop

Videostill from PART I, 2012 HD, 4:3, Duration 8min, Loop

Videostill from PART I, 2012 HD, 4:3, Duration 8min, Loop

Videostill from PART I, 2012 HD, 4:3, Duration 8min, Loop

Videostill from PART II, 2012 HD, 4:3 Duration 14m30s, Loop

Videostill from PART II, 2012 HD, 4:3 Duration 14m30s, Loop

Videostill from PART II, 2012 HD, 4:3 Duration 14m30s, Loop

Videostill from PART III, 2012 HD, 4:3 Duration 5m30s, Loop

Videostill from PART III, 2012 HD, 4:3 Duration 5m30s, Loop

Videostill from PART III, 2012 HD, 4:3 Duration 5m30s, Loop

Videostill from PART III, 2012 HD, 4:3 Duration 5m30s, Loop

Installation view PART I

Installation view PART III