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"The future is our only goal". Revolutions of Time, Space and Image. Russia 1917 – 1937

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Posted by: Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut with the State Institute of Art Studies, Moscow
Deadline: Fri, November 10th, 2017

"The future is our only goal". Revolutions of Time, Space and Image. Russia 1917 – 1937

Conference on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution in 1917
Florence, 9 – 10 November 2017

A collaboration of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut with the State Institute of Art Studies, Moscow
Organized by by Federica Rossi, Gerhard Wolf and Naum Kleiman

The Russian Revolution in October of 1917 marked a dramatic break with the past; after the Revolution the need to reorganize the country’s very concept of culture, demolishing old symbols to create new ones, made the relationship between past and future especially fraught and particularly significant to the era. These were years in which a new space – urban and rural, real and imaginary – was formed. New technologies were widely used to these ends, such as airplanes for disseminating images, i.e., aerial "leafleting," and so on. In the same period, internationally, figures such as Walter Benjamin and Aby Warburg developed the concept of the image, from "Pathosformeln" to the new possibilities of "the work of art in the age of its mechanical reproducibility."

The conference and the exhibition "Ejzenštejn: la rivoluzione delle immagini - In occasione del centenario della Grande rivoluzione socialista in Russia" (Gallerie degli Uffizi, 07.11.17–07.01.18, curated by Marzia Faietti, Gianluca Farinelli, Pierluca Nardoni, and Eike Schmidt) are part of the events of the "Settimana della Rivoluzione", organized by Gallerie degli Uffizi, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut and Cineteca Comunale di Bologna, in Florence and Bologna from 7 to 11 November 2017.


Thursday 9 November


Introduction to the Conference
Federica Rossi, Naum Kleiman and Gerhard Wolf

Section I – Future of the past
Chair: Marcello Garzaniti | Florence

Short film
Future of the Past
by Artem Sopin | Moscow

Heritage: Architecture

Meanings of Pre- and Post-Revolutionary Architecture in Russia
Dmitry Svidkovsky | Moscow

L’utopia rinascimentale del mondo sovietico: Ivan Žoltovskij
Yulia Revzina | Moscow

The Heritage of Historical Materialism: Old Russian Architecture in and after the Bolshevik Revolution
Igor Demchenko | Chicago

12:15 Break

Heritage: Museums

Heritage of the Past on the Ship of Modernity
Natalia Sipovskaya | Moscow

The First Proletarian Museum as one of the Sources of the Collection of the Museum of Porcelain
Violetta Mikitina | Moscow

13:30 Lunch break

Section II – Imaginaire
Chair: Lucia Tonini | Naples

Short film
by Artem Sopin | Moscow

Imaginaire Urbain

The New Soviet City
Federica Rossi | Florence

Drawing for World Revolution
Maria Gough | Cambridge MA

The Suprematist Utopia
Christina Lodder | Canterbury

16:40 Break

Imaginaire: Italy and Russia at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century

Душа Италии. К истории Института итальянской культуры (Studio Italiano) в Москве. 1918–1923
["L’anima italiana." Sulla storia dello "Studio Italiano" a Mosca. 1918–1923]
Tatiana Goryaeva | Moscow

City Visions from Futurism to Socialist Realism (1917–1932)
Ekaterina Lazareva | Moscow

Friday 10 November

Section III – Landscapes and utopias
Chair: Marie Rebecchi | Paris

Short film
by Artem Sopin | Moscow

Revolution’s Angels: Angels, Pilots, Cosmonauts, and the Skies of Communist Utopia
Tijana Vujosevic | Perth

The Other Side of Glass. Transparency Utopia and Total Control in Avant-Garde Architecture
Anna Korndorf | Moscow and
Ekaterina Vyazova | Moscow

11:10 Break

Location, Landscape and Space in Eisenstein’s Films
Naum Kleiman | Moscow

Juxtapositions: Eisenstein / Montenegro / Covarrubias
Rita Eder | Mexico City

Line Speaks of Motion: il "disegno nel tempo" di Ejzenštejn, il componimento inculto di Leonardo
Marzia Faietti | Florence

13:00 Lunch break

Section IV – The revolution of images: between series and montage
Chair: Marta Albertini | Orvieto

Short film
Zu Bild 2B auf Tafel 77 im Mnemosyne Bilderatlas von Aby Warburg
by Alexander Kluge

Eisenstein, Benjamin, Warburg
Gerhard Wolf

Montage as a Compositional Process and a Historiographical Method
Antonio Somaini | Paris

Stereoeisentein. The Desire of Self-Negating Images
Andrea Pinotti | Milan and Paris

16:15 Break

Short film
Actors of Profane History
by Elena Vogman and Clemens von Wedemeyer

Actors of Profane History: Eisenstein’s Cinema of Conversions
Elena Vogman | Berlin

Closing Remarks
Gerhard Wolf

Istituto degli Innocenti
Sala Brunelleschi
Piazza della Santissima Annunziata
50121 Florence, Italy

Federica Rossi

Eva Mußotter


Posted on Thu, November 2nd, 2017
Expires on Fri, November 10th, 2017

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