CONSTRUCTIVIST DRIFT

by Anton GINZBURG
2016 / Video / color / sound / 1S / 5' 00

Constructivist Drift is based on the writings of Ivan Chtcheglov "Formularly for a New Urbanism", 1953, a poetic manifesto published by Situationist International as a response to the advancement of Modernism, and its confrontation with the human dimension of the city. Video footage is projected onto a concrete wall. It superimposes passages from the New Urbanism text with current video recordings of Soviet architectural environments: from Ivan Leonidov stairway in Kislovodsk to Soviet panel buildings and surveillance screens in Moscow metro. A scene of the constantly photographed plastic encased Malevich's "Black Square"becomes a metaphor of the ideals of Modernism placed in the sarcophagus of mass culture. The voice of a woman speaking from a projected screen is drowned by the noise of the city. The natural change of light that occurs throughout the film's duration acts as a structural device. As twighlight changes into the night, the brutalist buildings in the background become silhouettes and eventually disappear into the black screen.

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distribution format Digital file on server
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 23,976 fps
sound sound
original language English
rental fee 45,00 €