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Vladimir Smolyar. PERPETUUM

9/09 - 20/10/2013

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Human memory does not simply store fragments of reality – it synthesizes them into a certain holistic picture, although in a whimsical order. In a way, for it it does not really matter from which elements to compose the chain of our memories; it is not concerned with the actual hierarchy of things, which gives it a common ground with dreams (their apparent semblance has already once become subject of an exhibition at the Open Gallery). The wealth of material accumulated by memory is limitless and escapes any classification, not least because in that non-dimensional semantics it is motion that is at work, not stillness. From time to time, the past undergoes certain rethinking and new adjustments; its episodes change their order and mix themselves with fragments of fiction. However, even in this new version it keeps defending its own genuineness, as the reality that could challenge it no longer exists.
Vladimir Smolyar’s project “Perpetuum” differs only in the way the artist gives his audience a chance to check the genuineness of the presented ‘memories’ as he entrenches not the ever slipping away life but the filmic quasi-reality, challenging our communal (isn’t that right?) cultural memory.

Making it easier for the viewers, we list here all the movies they will have to ‘recall’ while seeing the exhibition:

• The 25-minute video installation consists of video clips of the pendulum lamp for installation "Die Kunst der Fuge" (Vladimir Smolyar, 2012) filmed in a studio on a background:
• Hans Richter – Rhythmus 21 (1921), Rhythmus 23 (1923), Dreams That Money Can Buy (1947)
• Marcel Duchamp – Anemic Cinema (1926)
• Fernand Léger – Mechanical Ballet (1924)
• Ralph Steiner – Mechanical Principles (1930)
• Buster Keaton – excerpts from films (1917-1931)
• Eadweard Muybridge – Animated Pictures
• Godfrey Reggio – Koyaanisqatsi (1983)
• Newsreel of nuclear tests (1945-1961)
• Yavar Abbas – Journey to the Edge of the Universe (2008)
• Jean-Luc Godard – Breathless (À bout de souffle) (1959)
• Sergei Eisenstein – Battleship Potemkin (1925)
• Akira Kurosawa – Seven Samurai (1954)
• Quentin Jerome Tarantino – Pulp Fiction (1994)


On the opening night a musical duet Arbat Monkeys presented its own interpretation of European movie classics.