Defilada / Immersion

Date: 2012-07-05
Hour: 21:00
Normal price: admission free
Duration: 1 h 45
Venue: Courtyard of The Ballet School



The Parade (1989) is one of the most internationally renowned Polish documentaries. It depicts the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea on the fortieth anniversary of the state’s funding by Kim Il-sung. The celebrations coincided with the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, marked by the absence of North Korean representatives. The North Korean communist authorities made it their goal to eclipse the world’s most important sporting challenge with the splendour and extent of their own event. Fidyk records the course of the celebrations – the gathered crowds and lay rituals created to express the people’s love for their leader. He depicts their blind admiration of his power. The texts in the documentary were not literal translations of what the people filmed had actually said, but quotes form North Korean books and newspapers. The director leaves it up to the viewer to decide what to think about the presented events which, despite being a report from a parade, seem like a grim, precisely orchestrated spectacle in which the individual is reduced to a small component of a totalitarian mechanism.

scriptwriter, director Andrzej Fidyk
cinematography Krzysztof Kalukin, Mikołaj Nesterowicz
sound Jacek Bąk
editing Jolanta Kreczmańska

country and year of production: Polska/Poland, 1989



Immersion is a video installation based on observations made in a workshop organised by the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California. The Institute is a research centre for virtual reality and computer simulations. One of their projects concerns the development of a therapy for war veterans suffering from PSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder). Farocki is interested in the use of virtual realities in the recruiting, training and therapy of soldiers. The same kinds of images are used to prepare soldiers for combat and for assisting them in dealing with battlefield trauma upon their return.