Kollektiv, the new public space for discussion and experimentation, the Moscow Film School and the MARCH Architectural School present "Kinotektura", a series of events about cinema and architecture.
In one form or another, architecture can be found in almost every film. In the overwhelming majority of movies it acts as a backdrop to the main action. Sometimes the director's idea requires a unique environment, and then entire cities emerge in films. During the "Kinotektura" series, cinema and architecture are mediums that reveal culture more fully than they could do separately. Each event introduces one theme that is common to both cinema and architecture.
The events will take place at "Kollektiv" - a new public space for discussion and experiment. The "Kollektiv" is located in the center of Moscow, three minutes away from the Kropotkinskaya metro station, in a historical building of the former First Moscow Men's Gymnasium.
The project "Kinotektura" was created by the leading teachers of two schools: scriptwriter, editor, film critic, curator of the courses "Cinema History" and "Modern Cinema" of the Moscow Film School Vsevolod Korshunov and architectural journalist and critic, teacher of the modules "Professional Practice" and C&CS Alexander Ostrogorsky.
The series is dedicated to sex and death in architecture and cinema. Not only and not so much to actual cemeteries and brothels, sex scenes and zombie apocalypse (although also to them), but more to Eros and Tanatos, Libido and Mortido, vital energy and the desire to go beyond being as two fundamental modes of human life.
With the beginning of the consumer age, Libido acquired the status of a marketable object: advertising, television, object design, even architecture - all conventional forms of dominant culture use vitality as a tool for attracting attention, arousing interest, and a marketing catch. However, the consumer is expected to show an instantaneous automatic reaction, a slip of the eye, a picture on Instagram, a physiological fixation on the object, but not observation, not feeling, not living of the moment.
It is paradoxical that the communication of youth, beauty, sexuality leads to inner death, mental anesthesia.
Mortido, meanwhile, has moved to the periphery, becoming a cult among the marginalized, a subject of counter-culture research, and creative strategies that resist commercialization. It is the awareness of one's own finitude, the exhaustion of existence, the proximity of death, oddly enough, that makes a person more sensual, more alive, capable of genuine agitation, real, and not automatic excitement and awakening of vital energy.
Architecture and cinematography have different and yet very accurate ways to capture these processes of freezing and defrosting vitality through the study of death.
The cycle will take place at Bolshoy Znamensky pereulok, 2/3. Category 18+
Curators of the cycle:
Screenwriter, editor, film critic. Candidate of Arts. Editor-in-Chief of the Documentary Film Department of the Rossiya - Kultura TV Channel. Lecturer at VGIK and the Moscow Film School.
Architectural journalist and critic. Lecturer at the MARCH Architecture School.
"Kollektiv" is a space for discussion and experimentation: co-learning, co-working, co-creating. "Kollektiv" is located in the center of Moscow, three minutes away from the Kropotkinskaya metro station, in a historical building of the former First Moscow Men's Gymnasium. This building is more than 300 years old, and its history, architecture, and the people who studied in these walls inspire and encourage us to think about the future, while preserving the past with great care. "Kollektiv" is redefining the functions of the workspaces and creating a community in which everyone feels confident, in a familiar environment and surroundings, and uses resources effectively. The people responsible for the "Kollektiv" are a team of like-minded people: the creators of "Project White City" Foundation, the platform for implementation of projects to improve the quality of life in the urban environment, as well as the team that once created DI Telegraph, one of the best spaces for work and creativity in the Central Telegraph building.
The Moscow Film School is a leader in modern film education and for 7 years has been training specialists for all spheres of the film industry: pre-production, production, post-production and distribution. MFS uses leading international practices and relevant Russian experience in training specialists whose knowledge and skills meet the current requirements of the film industry. The school operates in three main educational formats - 10 programmes of Russian additional professional education, preparatory programmes, as well as short-term intensive courses on important topics.
The MARCH Architecture School has been successfully creating a new architectural education in Russia and developing a professional community of architects for the past 7 years. The school works on the basis of original programmes in cooperation with The Cass school of LMU. The school engages leading Russian and foreign practicing architects in the training process, which enables it to educate professional, thinking and responsible specialists. MARCH graduates receive a British diploma, which allows them to conduct architectural practice all over the world. In addition to bachelor's and master's degree programs, the school creates and opens new courses and disciplines. MARCH regularly holds open lectures, workshops and master classes with the MARCH Lab, participates in exhibitions and biennales, proving daily that education can be interesting.
The Moscow Film School and MARCH Architecture School, together with the British Higher School of Art and Design, Scream School of Computer Graphics, Moscow Advanced Communications School (MACS) and the Moscow Music School, are part of Universal University of Creative Industries that fosters a community of progressive creative professionals and provides a wide range of opportunities for self-fulfillment throughout one's life.