Broomberg & Chanarin
Broomberg & Chanarin
Anniversary of a Revolution (Parsed)
V-A-C Foundation and Whitechapel Gallery are proud to present 'V-A-C Live: This is not (a) Cinema', a three-day film programme with a newly commissioned live intervention by the artists Broomberg & Chanarin, at the Whitechapel Gallery Zilkha Auditorium from 27th to 29th September.
Initially completed in 1918, the original film was shown in various settings around the country and screened in train stations until 1921. Scenes from the film were used in other films, by Vertov himself and others, as well as in propaganda reels during the early days of the Soviet era, as discovered in the Russian State Archive of Film and Photo Documents in Krasnogorsk, but Anniversary of the Revolution was never shown in full to an international audience until last year.
Although it depicts some of the most important events that took place between the overthrow of the Romanov dynasty in February 1917 and the so-called Kazan Operation in September-October 1918 (including the Red Army’s successful campaign, overseen by Leon Trotsky), the intervention of Broomberg & Chanarin retro-actively introduces a skin of technology and a number of powerful tools and algorithms, quite unlike anything seen in previous eras of agit-prop and state craft – simultaneously updating and interrogating history. Employing both a colour-coded 'pose-estimation' computer programme running over the black-and-white film and a series of digital marionettes inspired by Alexandra Ekster (a Russian artist and contemporary of Vertov's, known for her Constructivist and Suprematist paintings and stage designs), the animated film will be accompanied by an improvised musical score, provided by contemporary pianist Peter Broderick.
'This Is Not (a) Cinema' will be complemented by talks each day involving V–A–C artistic director Francesco Manacorda and film curator Kirill Adibekov, Senior Lecturer in Film at Roehampton University William Brown, art theorist and philosopher Keti Chukhrov and author and cultural editor of Tribune Owen Hatherley.