Rastko Novaković is an artist filmmaker. His practice is collaborative and over the years he has co/authored over 50 moving image works, ranging from 1 minute lyrical films, to feature length documentaries, experimental docu-fictions, campaigning films, music videos and multi-platform videos. He has exhibited sound works, outdoor installations, as well as a 15 meter long site-specific panorama. His work explores the recurrent themes of memory, landscape, the poetics of everyday life, social justice.
He has a wide experience of media projects, having collaborated with a number of artists and filmmakers, as well as completed work commissioned by ArtLink (Serbia), Newham Council, Arts Express, London Southbank University. He was awarded artist-in-residence by The Leverhulme Trust (2009) and Arts Council England (2017/2018).
Over the years, Rastko has worked on video activist and DIY media projects with a feminist antimilitarist group (Women in Black, Serbia), a climate justice group (Climate Camp, UK) and London Indymedia. He is currently coordinator of the Activist Media Project.
He has lectured on the theory and practice of experimental film and video at the University of Westminster as well as Urban Practices at University College London. He co-initiated the interdisciplinary exhibition Cities Methodologies (2009) which explores the intersection of art and urban practices. Rastko is a contributor to Engaged Urbanism: Cities and Methodologies (eds. Duijzings/Campkin, I.B. Tauris, 2016) a book of essays which collects work featured in Cities Methodologies. He is currently completing an essay on the film “O somma luce” for a volume on Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet due to be published in 2021.
Rastko’s work has been shown internationally: at the British Film Institute, Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Art, Nottingham Contemporary, Pirate Cinema Berlin, Vienna’s Kunsthalle Exnergasse and Belgrade’s O3one Gallery. A list of recent screenings can be found here. Rastko holds a BA (Hons) degree in Contemporary Media Practice from the University of Westminster, an MA in Research Architecture from Goldsmiths College and a Diploma in Employment Law from the Workers Educational Association.
Over the past decade he has been active in the the housing and trade union movements. He is the company director of Sick Rose LTD.