4 Oct 2013
6 Oct 2013
Zdenka Badovinac (Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana plus Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova) and Marina Gržinić (Art Video Institute Ljubljana) participating in the conference Liaisons dangereuses: Seeking emancipatory alternatives in trembling times
at the Steirischer Herbst
Marina Gržinić and Aina Šmid have worked together since 1982. Before establishing the Art Video Institute they had a punk band and were involved in performance art. They have collaborated in more than 40 video art projects, made a short 16mm film and created numerous video and media installations; independently they have also directed several video documentaries and television productions.
Their 1993 Germany World Video Competition exhibit Luna 10 won awards at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Their works have also been presented at the Videonale, Bonn; at the exhibition ‘Europe-Europe, the Century of Avant garde in Central and Eastern Europe’ in Bonn; as part of the ‘Video Viewpoints Program’ at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; at the London Film Festival; and at the ICC Biennial, Tokyo. In 1997 they realised an interactive CD-ROM for ZKM, Karlsruhe, and were presented in the fourth edition of the Artintact CD-ROM magazine, which focuses on interactive media art and is presented by the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), Karlsruhe. On the Flies of The Market Place (1999) received first prize at the Nuremberg Video Festival in Germany (2000). In 2001 Gržinič and Šmid's large-scale video projection work Silence Silence Silence was presented at the 450 Broadway Gallery in New York, together with a comprehensive screening of their major video works, including the award-winning Labyrinth (1993).
In 2011 a retrospective of Marina Gržinić/ Aina Šmid (1982 – 2011) with a title 30 Years: 26 Works in 5 Parts (Screening of Video Works from 1982 to 2011) was held at Gallery D.O.R. in Brussels, Belgium.
In 2017 a large retrospective exhibition with new works and installations of Marina Gržinić/ Aina Šmid (1982 – 2017) with a title Radical Contemporaneity– Marina Gržinić and Aina Šmid 35 Years of Work Revisited (curator Aneta Stojnić) was held at Kunstraum Lakeside in Klagenfurt, Austria.
In 2003 a retrospective of their works (1985–2003) was held at the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany. In 2004 a DVD compilation of their works from 1990s until 2003 was realised in Vienna as part of the INDEX project.
In 2006 a book on Gržinić and Šmid (works from 1982 to 2005) was published in Slovene under the title The Performative, Political and Technological. The works by Gržinić and Šmid are part of the international data bank bild-rausch archive.