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.


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