Dziga Vertov: Cine Eye

Dziga Vertov: Cine Eye

Kino Klassika celebrates the publication of a new French-language study of Dziga Vertov with a day of talks, lectures and screenings in Paris.  

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Kino Klassika is proud to present a collaboration with the Centre Pompidou to celebrate the publication of a new French-language study of Dziga Vertov with a day of talks, lectures by a panel of Vertov specialists and screenings in Paris on December 20th.

Dziga Vertov, Le Ciné-Œil de la Révolution. Écrits sur le Cinéma [The Kino-Eye of the Revolution. Writings on Cinema], is edited by Antonio Somaini, François Albera (University of Lausanne), and Irina Tcherneva (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociale), and published by the publishing house Les Presses du Réel. In collaboration with the Austrian Film Museum, which houses the most important Vertov collection in the world (including texts, photos, diagrams and films), the publication covers the entire span of Vertov’s career, from 1917-18, all the way to the very last texts.

The guiding idea of this new French edition of Vertov’s writings is to present his work not only from the perspective of a history of Russian and Soviet cinema, but also from the perspective of a theory of media. Besides providing all the fundamental biographical and bibliographical information about Vertov, new emphasis will focus on how Vertov used cinema as a materialist medium capable of visualising the technical infrastructure of the new social system produced by the 1917 Revolution, a medium with innovative ways of seeing, hearing, and understanding the new Soviet society. In order to do this, Vertov is discussed in relation to a series of figures who wrote about film, photography, and media theory during the 1920s and 1930s outside of Russia, such as Walter Benjamin, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Jean Epstein and Luigi Russolo.

These issues will be discussed on Wednesday, December 20th, between 2 and 6 PM, by a panel of Vertov specialists, including Andrei Smirnov, Valérie Pozner (CNRS, Paris), François Albera (Université de Lausanne), Irina Tcherneva (EHESS, Paris), and Antonio Somaini (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3). This will be followed by a screening of Enthusiasm in one of the movie theatres of the Centre Pompidou.

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