Crossing Over Time

'Selecting the works which form Crossing Over Time was both an enjoyable and difficult task. It’s unusual to attempt to encapsulate and present the curatorial vision of others. First, there was the problem of how to represent six years of creative activity by showing less than half the short films produced. Then choosing between different artists’ works. In the end it came down to subjectivity: the likes and dislikes of an individual. As each Crossing Over residency took as its starting point a strong thematic, I was initially concerned that one programme would not naturally ‘emerge’ from the assembled films. I needn’t have worried. Many of the works share something in common, which is a questioning of the given order of things, often expressed through the journey as metaphor for transformation. This is not metaphysics: it’s a reality not only for many of the artists who live and work far from their countries of origin, but also for the two women who have guided Crossing Over from East to West [...] Crossing Over Time brings to the fore voices and messages different from those we are used to hearing, a reminder not only that Europe is host to many cultures, but that film-making can express complex ideas and celebrate diversity. Many of the films here challenge our assumptions of ‘Western’ culture: which too often defines the non-Western as ‘other’. A valid response to exclusion from the mainstream, as Dusan Bjelic has noted, is ‘a politics of signification’2, the attempt to define distinct yet diverse identities in opposition to those which are dominant. The Crossing Over initiative is one attempt to help redress the balance, encouraging dialogue and collaboration between cultures, but also an opportunity to communicate difference. As the global cultures of late Capitalism become increasingly homogenous, alternatives to the mainstream provide important strategies for resistance.' Chris Byrne, 2003

New Media Scotland

Antal Bodozcky: If, so... HU, 1998
Herb E. Smith: Coal is Black, and Sometimes Red US, 2000
Krassimir Terziev: In Search of… BG, 1997
Aleksandar Battista Ilic: Egoeast 3 HR, 2000
Dimitrina Sevova: Three Short Videoportraits BG, 1999
Antal Bodozcky: Teatime HU, 1999
Paul Rooney: Good Morning Call GB, 2001
Baza: 422008@lite RS, 1999
Boryana Dragoeva: Celebrating the Next Twinkling BG, 1999
Phil Collins: Romance. The Commercial GB, 2001
Gaspar Csongor: Postcard I RO, 2000
Gaspar Csongor: Postcard II RO, 2000

Lala Raščić: 17 Stories

Lala Raščić: 17 Stories HR, 2001
Susan B. Halpern: Fall US, 2000
Tsvetelina Gancheva: Virgin BG, 1997
Barbara Konopka: Binary Notes PL, 1998
Maria Natasha Stukoff: Frozen 0% CH/GB, 1999
Ivan Mudov: Simon Says… BG, 1997
Mare Tralla: Felt Boots EE, 2000
Chris Speed: Places of Difference GB, 2001
Avril Gillan: Crossing Mary IE, 1998
Levente Sipos: Tele-browsing HU, 2001
Mike Kash: Remember the Hill US, 2000