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The Vasulka Effect

Efekt Vašulka
Directed by: Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir
CZ/IS 201987' is/en/cs

A documentary double portrait of Steina (Steinunn) and Woody (Bohuslav) Vasulka, the legendary video-art trailblazers and galvanisers who also envisioned the huge potential of the media space. The young couple first met in Prague, where Woody, a Czech, proposed to Steina, an Icelander, on their first encounter: ‘Take me as your husband and get me out of here.’ In 1965, they emigrated to the US. In an artistically liberated environment, the Vasulkas worked together with talented people (Andy Warhol, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson) and devoted themselves to experimental cinema, video, digital technologies and sound.

Although both artists did not lose their innovative spark and creativity until reaching old age, they managed to recover from obscurity and financial hardship only during the four years of the making of this film. The contribution of the Vasulkas and the legacy they left behind is currently being properly appreciated. Woody Vasulka passed away on Dec. 20, 2019.

Foreword by the programme curator: Nitrate film burns hot and bright – the future belongs to the Vasulkas and video art.