In 2016, at the end of the 3rd season of the series, kinema ikon closed a Time Capsule, whose contents still remain shrouded in mystery. As opposed to the classical routine, THIS time capsule was NOT buried, but registered as an item on Arad Art Museum’s inventory list, and then stored away. The photograph of the time capsule’s key -key.jpg- available for purchase as a NFT from the opensea.io platform, grants the buyer the right to open the Time Capsule on Tuesday, the 28th of October 2070, at 18:00h, for the anniversary of the kinema ikon’s centennial. (The actual schedule, key location and other details will be available shortly; stay tuned. reminder: Facebook event + timer / kinema-ikon.net)
In 1995, when selecting the 22 films for a kinema ikon screening at the Pompidou Center, George Săbău revisited all 62 experimental films, produced by kinema ikon, from 1970 to 1989. One frame was removed from each film and merged into the Vorspann film 16mm (26:01); it was then screened at the studio and copied onto SVHS. After this process was completed, all movies from the collection got their temporarily “lost frames” back. For several weeks however, kinema ikon owned a montage that canceled all 62 films, and the films, once restored, canceled the montage; all that remained was a video copy: Vorspann, SVHS (26:01). in 2005, the video cassette was transferred to a dvd and then projected as part of a ki exhibition at mnac Bucharest; then, in 2021, Vorspann, mp4/DVD (26:01) was dismantled and reconstructed as the first episode of the 4th season of the kinema ikon series: Vorspann, NFT (01:00).
kinema ikon first frame/ George Săbău: Ipostaze simultane, 1970
Experiment 60-90, S.C.C.A. Artexpo Bucharest, 1996
retrospect kinema ikon ‘70-’05, MNAC Bucharest, 2005
kinema ikon: films / 1970-2020, Rezidența Scena 9, Bucharest, 2019
kinema ikon: serial / s.4 e.1 / I.O.O.O. / Art Museum Arad, 2021