Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum to be Launched Today
For the 10th Anniversary of the festival, TPF will launch the Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum (TPMM) - the first institution in Georgia that focuses on the contemporary image and promotes photography as a catalyst for social and cultural change in Georgia and South Caucasus.
It is home to a vast collection of images that represent the rich traditions of the national and regional visual culture.
Located at the highly-rated designer hotel, Stamba, the inauguration of TPMM is the central event of opening week and will feature the video installation UNUS MUNDUS: Rituals and Trances, by the French artist duo - Vincent Moon and Priscilla Telmon.
Their multi-screen installation, which took ten years to make, is composed of more than 100 films that explore the world of sacred music and rituals.
By documenting trance ceremonies and spiritual gatherings around the world (ie. Sufi rituals in Chechnya, shamanic plant uses in the Amazon, Ethiopian church chants, Javanese popular trances) the installation is designed to create another type of relationship for the viewer. There is no beginning nor ending, the entire installation runs in a loop but is displayed in an alternative system of randomness - there is never any repetition, all the compositions are constantly new and create new meanings all the time.