25 Feb 2017
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), The Flemish Authorities, Claerboutstudio, Film Center Serbia, The Cultural Centre of Obrenovac, The Yugoslav Film Archive, The Austrian Cultural Forum Belgrade, The Austrian Cultural Forum Brussels
In Yugoslavia after the end of World War II, a new major importance was conferred on the role of cinema by the Tito regime: over a very short time, hundreds of new cinemas were built and Europe’s largest film studio was founded in Belgrade and Slovenia’s Iskra, beginning the mass manufacture of 35mm film projectors. The most legendary of these would be the NP-21 (the ‘Projector of the People’). For Projektor, an NP-21 is completely dismantled. A mould is made of each separate part, which is subsequently cast and finished in bronze then reassembled into a new, functioning and monumental projector. Dusica Dražić and Wim Janssen filmed the entire process, registering the beauty of the original craftsmanship at the foundry and the material similarities between the bronze and the reel of film.