VERA MARTYNOV AND KIRILL ASSE: NEW SPECTACULARITY

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In a public programme timed to coincide with the annual exhibition of student projects MARCH invites attendees to explore architecture as part of general cultural space rather than an isolated discipline and as an art rather than craft. 

In a public programme timed to coincide with the annual exhibition of student projects MARCH invites attendees to explore architecture as part of general cultural space rather than an isolated discipline and as an art rather than craft. Comparing the art of architecture with that of the theatre will make it possible to raise important questions about the status of visual art media in the world of flat screens, the true role of the body and movement in the production of space and the importance of the critical discussion on contemporary issues between the artists and spectators through works of art.

On 4 July the artist and director Vera Martynov and the architect and MARCH tutor Kirill Asse will discuss the problem of the visual and the “boon or bane” of spectacularity in the theatre and city space. Throughout the 20th century the theatre and architecture were learning to be ascetic in the use of visual means and mastering strategies of large-size, easily readable silhouette gestures. Are we witnessing a certain inflation of expressiveness and readjustment of vision as a result of the interaction with the screen? Is there any need to reinstate visuality to the status and significance they had previously? What new opportunities (emotional and rhetorical rather than technological) does the present day offer us in this sphere?

Participants in discussion:

Vera Martynov is a graduate of the Dnepropetrovsk theatre and art college majoring in Painting and Pictorial Art and of the Scenography department of  the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (RATI-GITIS), taught at the GITIS Directing faculty and participated in the Dmitry Krymov Laboratory as stage and costume designer and actress. From 2013 to 2015 she was the art director of the Gogol Centre and contributed to its renovation. In 2016 she curated the “New Space” programme of the Theatre of Nations in Moscow and in 2019 the experimental programme “To Stage Per Forma” at the Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre in Saint Petersburg. Vera Martynov is a resident of the Robert Wilson Watermill Centre programmes and winner of the Innovation (2017) and Golden Mask (2008, 2010) awards in the “Best Theatre Designer” category and the prize of the Edinburgh International Art Festival (2012). 

“In fact, I’m simply an artist. I like the etymology of this word, it has many meanings: knowledgeable, hungry, able, wise, experienced; there is a verb, too: to clean. In short, the artist is a person with brains, a heart and hands.” (read in full at:  https://snob.ru/entry/177335/)

Kirill Asse, architect, artist, MARKhI graduate. He is a staff member of the Bureau Alexander Brodsky (since 2004), an architectural critic, contributor to the web portals OpenSpace and Colta.ru and journals ArtChronika, Séance and Project Russia. Together with Nadya Korbut, he was an architect of exhibitions at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Multimedia Art Museum and many others. Since 2012 Kirill has been working at MARCH on a regular basis and over the last two years, together with Anton Gorlenko and Yuri Palmin, he has supervised the BA graduation studio. 

“In general, we have been increasingly drifting towards the visual, especially in organising and conducting exhibitions, because this interests us. The visual becomes the storyteller while storytelling is drifting from the visually mediated towards the sensual and the subjective.”

The discussion will take place at the cinema hall.

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