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Media Forum Closing. Lecture by Peter Greenaway

The closing of the Media Forum’s educational program will take place in the ARTPLAY Club at 20:00 on June 27. The evening will begin with the lecture by Peter Greenaway, one of the most famous contemporary film makers and the guest of honour at the Media Forum.

Audiovisual performance by Peter Greenaway at MIFF Media Forum 2008The Media Forum’s research subject of many years is the cinema, ceasing tobe itself; the cinema which outsteps the boundaries of its own territory and merges with the visual art or becomes its part. The British film maker is the author of such masterpieces as “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife&Her Lover”, “The Draughtsman’s Contract”, “The Belly of an Architect” and “Prospero’s Books”. He travels in time and space and involves the audience into the intellectual schemes of the recognizing what is best in the world’s culture. His personality is at once eccentric and magnetic. Greenaway will tell us about relationships of the cinema with the classical pictorial heritage.

Several years ago Peter Greenaway made a statement on the death of the cinema. It was a very unconventional move for the man, who dedicated all his life to the cinema. In 2008 Peter Greenaway demonstrated to the Moscow audience the multi-screen not-narrative real-time cinema for the first time — it was the media-performance “The Tulse Luper Suitcases”, and the author was there not as much as a film-maker but a magician-VJ. Performance was accompanied with the lecture, where Peter showed, how he “animated” the “Night Watch” by Rembrandt (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam). From then onward Greenaway added to the list of animated works based on the masterpieces of the world painting, “The Last Supper” fresco by Leonardo da Vinci, “The Wedding at Cana” by Paolo Veronese and made the series “Classical Paintings Revisited” from them. Among the masterpieces included in this list is some work by the Russian painter, but which exactly is a secret yet. There are also “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso, “The Last Judgement” by Michelangelo, one of the paintings by Jackson Pollock or Claude Monet. Greenaway himself understands this project as applied art criticism: it’s a story about art told not by the means of external text, but by the means of art.

Interactive installation by Boris Debackere at MIFF Media Forum exhibition at Ekaterina cultural Foundation. Photo by Anastasia KuzminaMedia Forum within Moscow International Film Festival traditionally doesn’t only show the most interesting works, widening our idea of cinema and video art, but also yearly organizes a special educational program. Invited artists, filmmakers and critics give lectures and hold the workshops on perception, interpretation and creation of the new screen culture. This year Media Forum concentrates on the various forms of the tactile, haptic and interactive cinema. You could become acquainted with these notions at the lectures and workshops by Chris Hales (UK), Valery Aisenberg (Russia), Perry Bard (USA) and Boris Debackere (Netherlands).

Workshop by Chris Hales at Club ARTPLAY. Photo by Anastasia KuzminaThe ceremony will continue with the presentation of the interactive cinema works, shot in the course of the 5-days workshop, held by the film-maker, artist and pedagogue Chris Hales within “Media Forum”. The guests at the closing ceremony would be able to test the cinema which the spectators can change in their own way. The musical accompaniment of the fete will be provided by the group “Five, Two, One (521)” which is as far from the mainstream, as the whole “Media Forum”. Still the group transmits lively, melodious and listenable music. 

Those, who swept with the chain of festival events, couldn’t find the possibility to get acquainted with the most extraordinary forms of cinema, will be able to visit the exhibition at “Ekaterina” Foundation (till 19 August 2012).

Admission strictly by the invitation tickets or MIFF accreditation.

Nizhnyaa Syromyatnicheskaya street, 10, str. 9, entrance "C"