Immortality for All: a film trilogy on Russian Cosmism
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Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear (GB137)
“True social equality means immortality for all” (Nikolai Fedorov) Special screening plus discussion with art theorists and philosophers Maria Chehonadskih and Keti Chukhrov. Today the Russian philosophy known as Cosmism has been largely forgotten. Its utopian tenets – combining Western Enlightenment with Eastern philosophy, Russian Orthodox traditions with Marxism – inspired many key Soviet thinkers until they fell victim to Stalinist repression. In this three-part film project, artist Anton Vidokle probes Cosmism’s influence on the twentieth century and suggests its relevance to the present day. In Part One he returns to the foundations of Cosmist thought (This Is Cosmos, 2014). Part Two explores the links between cosmology and politics (The Communist Revolution Was Caused By The Sun, 2015) and Part Three restages the museum as a site of resurrection, a central Cosmist idea (Immortality and Resurrection for All.
, 2017). Combining essay, documentary and performance, Vidokle quotes from the writings of Cosmism’s founder Nikolai Fedorov and other philosophers and poets. His wandering camera searches for traces of Cosmist influence in the remains of Soviet-era art, architecture and engineering, moving from the steppes of Kazakhstan to the museums of Moscow. Music by John Cale and Éliane Radigue accompanies these haunting images, conjuring up the yearning for connectedness, social equality, material transformation and immortality at the heart of Cosmist thought. Maria Chehonadskih is a philosopher, activist and curator who lives and works in London and Moscow. Her major fields of interest are Soviet Marxism, the Marxist theory of labour and the interconnections between art, literature and philosophy. Her texts have been published in Moscow Art Magazine, Radical Philosophy, Meditations and Alfabeta2. Keti Chukhrov is an art theorist and philosopher. She has authored numerous publications on art theory, culture, politics and philosophy, including ‘To Be – To Perform. ‘Theatre’ in Philosophical Criticism of Art’ (2011) and ‘Pound & £’ (1999) the first Russian publication dedicated to Ezra Pound’s work, investigating the interrelation between poetics and politics. Anton Vidokle is an artist and editor of e-flux journal. He was born in Moscow and lives in New York and Berlin. Vidokle’s work has been exhibited internationally at Documenta 13 and the 56th Venice Biennale. Vidokle’s films have been presented at Bergen Assembly, Shanghai Biennale, the 65th and 66th Berlinale International Film Festival, Forum Expanded, Gwangju Biennale, Center Pompidou, Tate Modern, Garage Museum, Istanbul Biennial, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and others. Tickets from Tyneside Cinema: https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/film-and-events/view/immortality-all More information: www.avfestival.co.uk
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