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A workshop by Chris Hales: Interactive Cinema
ARTPLAY Club, June 23 — 26, 10 A.M. — 5 P.M., June 27, 10 A.M. — 8 P.M.
The cinema which can be “watched with your hands”. The cinema which is watched by the “machine” instead of a human being. The filmshow, where the spectator can’t just relax in his chair, he has to create the movie. The participants of “Media Forum” 2012 think that all this is much more fun than an ordinary Hollywood blockbaster. One of them — the artist Chris Hales — is literally crazy on the idea of the interactive cinema. Since 1990 he has authored more than 30 of such films and dedicated to the phenomenon his PhD thesis “Rethinking the Interactive Movie” (2006).
In his works Chris tests every method which can be used by the spectator to get involved in his films structure: to choose one of the offered options of the plot development or change the narrative details (in example, slam the protagonist’s flat and ruin his evening), or find the needed key to continue the film altogether. One of his projects makes the spectator to follow several screens simultaneously and constantly interfere, otherwise the universal harmony will turn into universal chaos and the discord in one of the plot lines will spread onto others. At one stage it begins to look like a computer game, but with completely different art objectives and content. Besides Hales puts forward the works in various styles and forms: multiscreen film, landscape sketch, slapstick comedy, documentary. He combines the possibilities of cinema and visual art. Professor Hales gives a practical course in Moscow on what happens in the world when the spectator touches the screen and thereby changes the film’s plot altogether.
Its first day is an open lecture on interactive cinema history and theory. Chris will give a detailed account of what it is and who used interactive strategies in all the hisory of the “art of moving images” and how they were used. All following days will be devoted to the practical side of the workshop. Chris Hales will work with the participants helping them to develop and create their own interactive films. The professor explains the technology aspect, editing and necessary software. The basics are demonstrated with training models, after that Chris works individually with each project. The workshop finishes with a public presentation of the works shown as an interactive performance.
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A workshop by Perry Bard: Man With a Movie Camera: The Global Remake
ARTPLAY Club, June 25, 6 P.M. — 10 P.M.
Dziga Vertov’s Man With A Movie Camera was a revolution in the art of moving images. It demonstrated that “eye of the cinema” looks at the world differently compared to an individual human being or even human society. This is a fundamentally other vision. The American artist Perry Bard estimated this work as crucial for her own creativity. In 1999 using Vertov’s ideas as a stepping stone she has started her own project Man With a Movie Camera: The Global Remake. Its first stage was a portrait of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, made in the Vertovian way. After that the project moved on into the internet and portraits of New York, Mexico, Ekaterinburg, Tel Aviv, Belgarde and Tokio appeared in collaboration with various artists and film directors. Ideally, the complete work will have a worldwide span.
Perry Bard offers to the Media Forum guests an opportunity to take part in her creative project at the workshop and to make a new part of this work dedicated to Moscow together. At the workshop she will show and analyse Dziga Vertov’s film and deliver a lecture on documentary aesthetics, editing, the concept of remake in contemporary art and different approaches to material (interpretation of concept or form, literary remake and digital transformation). On the same day a discussion of participants’ own themes and concepts will also take place. Works can be created using various sources – from CCTV cameras and mobile phones to documentary footage. After the workshop all participants will be given an option to upload their content to the project website.
A lecture by Boris Debackere: Rethinking the Cinematic Experience
ARTPLAY Club, June 24, 6 P.M. — 9 P.M.
Boris Debackere is a Dutch artist and theorist who explores first and foremost the interrelations of cinema image and reality and how they change with the development of cinema technologies.
He states that the film-based cinema deals with a completely different type of reality than that of digital cinema. Then what does the interactive cinema tell – and to whom does it talk? What happens to the world where cinema surrounds us everywhere, especially outside cinema theatres? This is the subject of Boris Debackere’s book in which he attempts to present the works of all contemporary authors who work with novel methods and novel forms. At his lecture he will present the whole range of possible forms of exploring the experimental cinema space.
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Educational discussion of the "Immersions. Towards Tactile Cinema" exhibition
The Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, June 23, 6 P.M. — 9 P.M.
A public tour of the exhibition at Ekaterina Cultural Foundation is led by its curator, Olga Shishko (art director of the Media Forum MIFF) and by artists participating in the project: Perry Bard, Chris Hales, Valeriy Ayzenberg and Boris Debackere. During this walk through exhibition halls Olga Shishko will outline primary creative approaches to the expanded cinema theme with examples of works presented and artists will present their works in the context of this theme. After the tour the event will continue as a informal creative get-together and live communication between the exhibition’s participants and visitors.
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The Ekaterina Cultural Foundation
Kuznetsky Most 21/5, porch 8
Nizhnyaa Syromyatnicheskaya street, 10, str. 9, entrance "C"