Ratomir Kulic and Vladimir Mattioni (Verbumprogram), Verbum #7, (1974)
Super 8 color film, 2:18 min.
Ratomir Kulic graduated from the Faculty of Arts in Belgrade (Department of History of Art). From 1964 until 1970 he explored the field of poetry and language. From 1967 until 1974 he spent his time researching the processes of mental perception.
Vladimir Mattioni graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade. From 1962 until 1967 he studied scenery and design, and from 1967 until 1970 he studied film media. They have both been active as the artistic duo Verbumprogram since 1974. Their activities focus on expanded media, graphics, sculpture, film and the theory of visual arts.
“What is the main feature of picturality? It is exactly this question that is in the focus of twofold activity of the artistic pair Kulić-Mattioni. On the examples of their own, ultimately reduced, minimalistic geometrism, they are pointing to the understanding of the art, which converges with strict contemplative approach, out of which they appear. Sightness of the works provokes us to think of the most recent form-pattern, known as neo-geo. Reflections of this actual event are noticable all over their creative intentions. On the other hand, their critico-theoretical content, which is parallel with their art activity, was penetrating toward the very essence of the meaning of an art object. It is possible to trace the inceptions of such projections since the time they were working in the art workshop of SKC, in midseventhies, as well as from the time of, now historical, April Meetings, in the same space. Ideas, that had its fruit-ful ground in general creative and comprehensional transformation of that period, have clearly set themselves in the works and comprehendings of Kulić and Mattioni. “
Grand Gallery of the Cultural Center, Novi Sad, 1989