Kino Klassika launched a collaboration with the Centre Pompidou and the Vladimir Potanin foundation to celebrate the publication of a new French edition of Dziga Vertov’s writings, with a day of talks, lectures by a panel of Vertov specialists and a screening of Enthusiasm (1930) 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 (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3), François Albera (University of Lausanne), and Irina Tcherneva (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales). The guiding idea of this new publication of Vertov’s writings is to present Vertov’s writings from the perspective of a theory of media. New emphasis will focus on how Vertov used cinema as a medium capable of visualising the infrastructure of the new social system produced by the 1917 revolution.
Speakers at the conference will include Francois Albera, Oksana Bulgakowa, Julien Gourbeix, Maria Korolkova, Valerie Pozner, Andrei Smirnov, Antonio Somaini and Irina Tcherneva. The conference is organised by the Centre Pompidou in collaboration with Kino Klassika Foundation, the Vladimir Potanin Foundation, and Laboratoire International de Recherches en Arts (LIRA).
The day will conclude with screening of Dziga Vertov’s first sound film,Enthusiasm (1930) which documents the intense mining activity of the coal-rich Donbass region of Ukraine. Directed in 1930, the film was the first time real industrial sounds were used to create an independent musical composition for film. An audio and visual symphony of modern times and forced industrialization,Enthusiasm makes the connection between sound and image the basis of a new cinematographic language. In creating this language, Vertov sought to ‘grasp the feverish reality of life in the Donbas, to convey as true to life as possible its atmosphere of the clash of hammers, of train whistles, of the songs of workers at rest.’