I Miss Sonia Henie

I Miss Sonia Henie, 2010. Digital printing, 700 x 1,000 mm. Exhibited in Inflation of Radical Phrases as Opposed to a Lack of Radical Action, organized by Gal Kirn, Dubravka Sekulićm and Žiga Testen as part of their research project Surfing the Black, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, 28–29 June 2010.

As part of a research project about Yugoslavian “Black Wave” cinema organized by Pietro Bianchi, Gal Kirn, Dubravka Sekulić, and Žiga Testen at the Jan van Eyck Academie, we made a poster about the film I Miss Sonia Henie, which Karpo Godina created in 1971. This is how the film was made:

“During 1971 Belgrade Film festival Karpo Godina recruited seven masters to direct a segment of the film, intercepted them at the hotel and handed them a 1-page set of instructions. The rules for this film were simple. Each director would make a 3 minute film. The film was to take place in one room, with the camera in a single position. No changing of lenses, framing, angle or position would be allowed. The camera position and room were the same for all segments, though props could change scene by scene. During the film, someone must say ‘I miss Sonia Henie.’ All shooting was done at night or early in the morning during the festival, on 35 mm.”

Our initial idea was to act out the premise of the film by inviting seven other designers to design a poster. For various reasons, this failed even before it started. We changed our plan and decided to turn the brief that we had prepared for the project itself—which was based on Godina’s instructions for the film—into a poster.