space force construction. Programme of performances and open-air cinema

13 May–25 Aug 2017
V–A–C Zattere, Venice

Early Soviet cinema and its legacy in the post-war and contemporary cinema-in the public programme of the space force construction project.

While the project as a whole explores the relationship between art and society during periods of wide-scale social change, the space force construction programme of performances and open-air cinema focuses on cinema. Soviet cinematographers of the 1920s and '30s were convinced that they needed revolutionary forms to represent revolutionary reality. The directors of that era brought new genres and new stories to the screen: from propaganda newsreels and educational shorts to films about the life of workers and peasants.

The theories and forms of early experimental and/or agitational Soviet cinema were addressed by filmmakers throughout the 20th century and indeed they are still relevant today. Films by key Russian and foreign filmmakers of the post-war era, as well as works by leading contemporary directors are screened in the space force construction programme. The screenings are accompanied by performances, discussions and working groups with the participation of artists, musicians and art theorists.

Participants of the performance programme
Christian Nyampeta, Pablo Helguera, Yevgeniy Fiks, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, Sergey Sapozhnikov, Tania Bruguera, Taus Makhacheva, Olga Jitlina, Lampedusa in Hamburg, Alvise Seggi, DJ Spooky / Paul Miller and others.

Films of the Programme

Soviet Toys (1924), dir. Dziga Vertov.

Kino Pravda № 21 (1925), dir. Dziga Vertov.

China on Fire (1925), dir. Yuri Merkulov, Zenon Komissarenko, Nikolai Khodataev.

The Eleventh Year (1928), dir. Dziga Vertov.

Goskino Review of March 1924

Man With a Movie Camera (1929), dir. Dziga Vertov.

Your Acquaintance (1927), dir. Lev Kuleshov.

The Cigarette Girl from Mosselprom (1924), dir. Yuri Zheliabuzhski.

The Microbe of Communism (1925), dir. Mikhail Doronin.

The Storming of the Winter Palace (1920), dir. Nikolai Evreinov.

Sevzapkino Film Chronicle № 12 (1923)

Happiness (1934), dir. Alexander Medvedkin.

Ten Minutes in the Morning (1931), dir. Alexander Dzialiashvili.

Youth in Bloom (1939), dir. Alexander Medvedkin.

The Event at the Stadium (1929), dir. Alexander Ptushko.

The Skating Rink (1927), dir. Ivan Ivanov-Vano.

A Street Across (1931), dir. Vladimir Suteev, Lev Atamanov.

Look After Your Health (1929), dir. Alexander Medvedkin.

Don’t Spit on the Floor (1929), dir. Vladimir Shirokov.

How to Walk in the Street (1925), dir. Mikhail Verner.

Homeless Children (1926), dir. Boris Tseitlin.

Workers Leaving the Factory (1995), dir. Harun Farocki.

Statues Also Die (1953), dir. Chris Marker, Alain Resnais, Ghislain Cloquet.

The Gleaners and I (2002), dir. Agnes Varda.

Not Reconciled (1965), dir. Jean-Marie Straub, Daniele Huillet.

Salut les Cubains! (1963), dir. Agnes Varda.

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), dir. Chantal Akerman.

The Last Bolshevik (1993), dir. Chris Marker.

The Money Order (1968), dir. Ousmane Sembene.

For Marx… (2012), dir. Svetlana Baskova.

Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day (Episode 1, 1972), dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Burn! (1969), dir. Gillo Pontecorvo.

A Grin without a Cat (1993), dir. Chris Marker.

Outskirts (1998), dir. Piotr Lutsik.

A.K.A. Serial Killer (1969), dir. Masao Adachi.

Promised Lands (2015), dir. Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa.