Aleksandra Domanovic creates sculptures, installations and videos firmly grounded in the material and cultural shifts both affected and documented by the Internet and media culture. For her High Line Art program Identity Crisis, Domanovic screens four video works that provoke questions about collective cultural experiences while also reflecting on the history of the dissolution of her native Yugoslavia and the region’s subsequent crises in cultural identity.
From yu to me (2013 – 2014) follows the history of the Yugoslavian top-level internet domain .yu, as a way of tracing the evolution of the internet in former Yugoslavia. For the documentary-style work titled Turbo Sculpture (2010 – 2013), Domanovic chronicles the history of a series of public monuments that sprung up across former Yugoslavia after its calamitous civil war (1991 – 2001). In 19:30 (2010/2011), the artist continues her ongoing collection of television news program idents – the brief introductory jingles and animations that identify a station and its program – whose audio tracks she then invites techno DJs to remix. Domanovic’s feature length video Anhedonia (2007) illustrates the soundtrack from Woody Allen’s classic movie Annie Hall with rotating selections of stock video clips from Getty Images, each of which directly references a single fleeting word or phrase from the movie.
Image: Aleksandra Domanovic, Turbo Sculpture, 2010–2013 (still). HD video, color, sound; 20 minutes. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin.