CINEMA OF REPEAT FILM
The special project of the VI Moscow Biennale
22.09.2015 – 01.11.2015
Circular Kinopanorama Pavilion, VDNH, Moscow
Special project of 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art
The special project of the Biennale Cinema of Repeat Film will be shown at the Circular Kinopanorama Pavilion. The works of the artists Dmitry Gutov, Taisia Korotkova, Alexandra Paperno, Svetlana Shuvayeva, Natalia Vitsina, and Evgeny Yufit link their acutely personal and deeply individual creative work with a collective memory of the Soviet past. Archival cinema is the visible embodiment of collective memory. The outstanding cinema theorist of the 20th century Rudolf Arnheim called cinema the "collective unconscious of the nation".
It would appear that Soviet cultural rhetoric did not invent a stranger definition than "repeat film", designating for this purpose special cinemas to show these "repeat films". The characteristics of "repeat" in relation to a film breaks down standard linguistic structures, and links that would seem automatic, as the definition “repeat” would seem to be an integral feature of cinema itself, and we ask the question — what do we mean by "repeat film"? Does this mean that there was a first firm, the original? Or what does it repeat? For it is unlikely that a film will lose its fresh appeal or originality after the first (premiere) screening as if, after encountering the reaction of the human eye, it were to change its immanent qualities, setting in motion some kind of diffuse reaction, thereby bringing to mind topics from science fiction. Repeated and recurrent screenings becomes the natural life form of the cinema, whose laws can barely be formulated, but we are left with a specific sensitivity, a strange mechanism within each of us, bringing closer or again pulling away some impression of the cinema. The exhibition Cinema of Repeat Films specifically focuses on the type of cultural sensitivity when the return, retrospection or artistic principle becomes a way of restoring natural links, or historical breaks, to use the expression coined by Boris Groys.