Private Project

The 14th Resolution

Made in Kuala Lumpur, during a 10-week residency at KLAF (Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival), June 2018. Funded by PAM & GDP Architects.

The 14th Malaysian general election was held on Wednesday, 9 May 2018, for members of the 14th Parliament of Malaysia. The election heralded the first regime change in Malaysia's history, as the former ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which had enjoyed an uninterrupted reign over the country since Malaya's independence in 1957, was voted out of power.

Bisti landed in Kuala Lumpur on May 11. Taking cue from Henri Lefebvre’s bibliography on the social production and politics of space, alongside Guy Debord’s invented term “psychogeography”, she began observing and documenting the post-election landscape of KL with a drone for two consecutive months, as an artist in residence of Kuala Lumpur Film Festival.

The 2-channel aerial video essay goes beyond the traditional modes of seeing, experiencing and interpreting the City, its History and the spatiality of its Politics. Exclusively filmed with a drone, perspectives are twisted and multiplied, while new types of visuality arise through a disembodied and remote-controlled gaze.

The film can be described as an urban venture that explores and maps the modes of organisation of social and cultural life in a predominantly intuitive but also systematic fashion; it is the result of perpetual walking and motorcycling across the city. The work wishes to provide ground for a double reflection, a broadened approach towards the ways of interpreting both the subject and the object of observation. Moreover, it challenges the process of observation itself, for a more thorough understanding of our surroundings and, by extension, ourselves.

  • Mariana Bisti
  • Mariana Bisti
  • Mariana Bisti
  • Constantin Pilavios
  • Tryfon Koutsourelis
    Original Sountrack
  • Constantin Pilavios
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 EUR
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (drone)
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Le FIFA 39th Edition
    March 16, 2021
    North American
  • Forever More Images
    February 20, 2019
  • The Zhongshan Building
    Kuala Lumpur
    May 15, 2019
  • Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival
    Kuala Lumpur
    July 5, 2018
Director Biography - Mariana Bisti

Mariana Bisti (1981, Greece) is an Architect, Photographer and Visual Artist. Her art practice ranges across different media, including video, photography, public interventions, performances and installation. It can be described as an exploration of the contours of meaning and identities, through the processing of their equivocal formations and contingent representations. Traces, marks, manifestations of temporal presence are recorded and manipulated in an attempt to investigate the ubiquitous absence of certainty in our contemporary world. Implications of political and social issues are juxtaposed with solid forms and concrete spatial references, informing each other of the current human condition and its contextual ambiguities. Combining politics with aesthetics and forms has laid the ground for a practice that wishes to investigate its own limits between experience and knowledge. Over the last 5 years, Mariana has exhibited internationally, including shows in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Brussels, Paris, London, Brighton, Lisbon, Athens.

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