A Political Perspective

The main theme dominating the first autumn issue of dok.revue is a political perspective. However, not in the sense of political agenda, as many readers could think.

The Situational Review is concerned with drug control policy. In a discussion on the winner in the best documentary category at Karlovy Vary IFF, Helena Třeštíková’s Mallory, national anti-drug coordinator Jindřich Vobořil said that Czech politicians or even the government tend to be afraid to listen to experts and prefer to appeal to the current moods of the citizens. “But it is fair to say,” added sociologist Martin Nekola, “that in the context of former communist countries and cities, our drug control policy is among the best.”

What can happen if artists and dissidents become politicians – forming more or less an autonomous intellectual enclave in a society that is not yet ready for major transformation? One of the consequences of such a situation was perhaps the voucher privatization, referred to by director Martin Kohout as a “sick idea” in an interview about his upcoming film The Czech Way which tries to draws a comprehensive picture of the voucher privatization and the Czech trauma with roots in the 1990s.

Another politically-charged question is what the society can or should be offering for free. In terms of cinema, the discussion revolves around the issue of whether films made with public support provided by the State Fund for Cinematography and Czech Television could be freely available online, among other channels. Ivan David, a specialist on legislation related to film and cinema, delves into the possibilities of the Open Access model functioning in the academic world of scientific research and its hypothetical application to audio-visual works in the Czech Republic in his essay What Should (Not) Be for Free and Why.

Our video blog brings up the topic of politically engaged art, whose purpose – according to its most notable representative, Russian provocateur Petr Pavlensky – is not to create political caricature, but to criticise the political apparatus. In fact, it is not Pavlensky, but the police – being one of the instruments of Russian political system – who is the main actor in his performances. The video dok.revue section features a recording of a presentation by Petr Pavlensky a performer who, with a cut earlobe, participated as one of last year’s lecturers in Jihlava’s Inspiration Forum.

14. 09. 2015

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