This Is Not (a) Cinema
Whitechapel Gallery, Zilkha Auditorium
Friday 27 September, 7-9pm
Saturday 28 September + Sunday 29 September, 11.30am – 6pm
Launching the This Is Not (a) Cinema film programme, Friday 27 September the artists Broomberg & Chanarin present their newly commissioned intervention in response to the recently reconstructed Anniversary of the Revolution (1918) by Dziga Vertov, with live score by multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick.
Considered lost for nearly a century, Vertov’s directorial debut is the first ever compilation film with a propagandistic agenda. Commissioned to celebrate the first year of the self-proclaimed republic in November of 1918, this legendary film was recently re-assembled by film historian Nikolai Izvolov.
For their new work entitled Anniversary of a Revolution (Parsed), Broomberg & Chanarin have also collaborated with London based creative technology studio The Workers, to employ powerful machine-vision technology to map the physical movement in the film on to a digital rendering, using the mechanisms of 21st century surveillance to re-frame the historic archive footage.
Following the performance, the artists will be in conversation with V–A–C artistic director Francesco Manacorda.
Saturday 28 September, 11.30am-6pm
This full day screening programme brings together the work of director Alexander Shein (1933–2015, Moscow), produced through his innovative research lab SovPoliKadr (SovPolyFrame), established in the late 1960s. This is followed by a recent experimental take on Mayakovsky co-written and directed by Alexander Shein Jr. Framing the screenings is a discussion between art theorist and philosopher Keti Chukhrov and William Brown, Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of Roehampton.
Sunday 29 September, 11.30am-6pm
This full day screening programme celebrates the pioneering CentrNauchFilm (Centre of Scientific and Educational Film) by Vladimir Kobrin (1942–1999, Moscow) and features an extended introduction to Denis Shabaev‘s docufiction feature Mira (2018) by writer Owen Hatherley.
Curator: Kirill Adibekov.