The chain of events that led to not showing of original, primary film Z1,0339 and making of Film Without Film was totally out of my control. The idea to make a film out of the material that was shot by Attorney's office in Split came to me in a flash moment when the deputy attorney, after the questioning was over, mentioned that I am entitled to one copy of the video recording. Only then I asked her if I could use that material for some artistic purposes and she said: yes, it is your copy and you can do whatever you want with it. In the film's closing title the name of the person appointed by Attorney's office to handle the camera and the recording is written as a cinematographer because that's what she was. (I like the counter-shot in the small frame within a frame, but I realize the purpose of it was to show the situation in the room by covering the whole space with two cameras since the video recording had the power of evidence).
The case ended good for me, the attorney rejected the report by Ana Peraica so it didn't go to court.
650mAh presents the UK premiere of Eastern European video art pioneer, Dalibor Martinis’ Film Without Film (2017). Film Without Film will show at 650mAh’s Hove location for the duration of the exhibition, accompanied by an online screening programme of previous works at www.650mah.com/dalibor-martinis-screenings.
In Film Without Film (2017) Dalibor Martinis testifies in his defense about the events that led to the not-showing of Z1,0339 (made in 2013). The verbal description of the movie and his own artistic procedure that Dalibor Martinis gives in front of the deputy state attorney is a substitute for the movie Z1,0339 which the author must not show. The film without film is still a film, and the circumstances that made its screening impossible, and brought the author to the unpleasant and sad situation now becomes its structural part.
Online Film Screenings
As part of the exhibition, 650mAh will be screening four of Martinis’ previous film works on its website. Each work will be viewable for a period of two weeks on www.650mah.com/dalibor-martinis-screenings.Film Programme
Dalibor Martinis (b. 1947, Zagreb) lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Martinis has exhibited since 1969 and works as a video artist. He has had numerous personal shows, performances and video screenings, and participated in many international exhibitions (Biennales: Sao Paolo, Venice, Kwang-ju, Thessaloniki, Cetinje, Cairo, Ljubljana; Documenta/Kassel, and so on). His films and video works have been shown at film/video festivals in, for example, Berlin, Tokyo, Montreal and Locarno, most recently at international short film festivals in Oberhausen and Bogota in 2014, Vienna and Seattle in 2015. He has had grants from the Canada Council (1978) Jaica (Japan 1984), and ArtsLink (USA, 1994, and 2010).