A bullet stuck in the chest partakes in the life of the body
24 Nov 2013
Stedelijk and EYE present A bullet stuck in the chest partakes in the life of the body. A full filmprogram in conjunction with the exhibition Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-garde. With an introduction by curator Jacob Korczynski.
- Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
- 2:30 - 5:45 pm
- Entrance price to the Stedelijk Museum
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Independent curator Jacob Korczynski was invited to review the film collections of both the Stedelijk and EYE, to discern similar strategies and approaches between the historical Russian Avant-Garde and the post-war neo-avant-garde, including the work of contemporary video artists. The two screening sections of the program feature films from Malevich’s contemporaries Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov alongside films and videos by Julia Feyrer & Tamara Henderson, Nan Hoover, Ursula Mayer, Annabel Nicolson, and Richard Serra.
A film scenario and a series of preparatory drawings are all that remain of Kazimir Malevich’s sole film project, an unfinished collaboration with Hans Richter initiated in 1927. While he never produced work that appeared on screen, Malevich’s critical contribution to the cinematic discourse of his contemporaries can be found in his writings on film, largely published in the second half of the 1920s.
The title of this program is taken from the writings of Russian critic Viktor Shklovsky. The bullet and the body he refers to are the work of the Peredvizhniki (The Wanderers), a group of itinerant, self-organized Russian artists active in the late nineteenth century, and the persistence of their practice into the modernist era, despite the disparity between their own realist aesthetic and the movements of non-objective painting that flourished in Russia at the outset of the twentieth century.
Here, the bullet lodged in the central narrative of abstraction and Malevich’s practice includes Eisenstein and Vertov. The theatricality of the former and the documentary strategies of the latter connect to the presence of these impulses within Malevich’s oeuvre, as encountered in Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde. The two screening sections in this program are each anchored by a single film by Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov. These are shown alongside films and videos by Julia Feyrer & Tamara Henderson, Nan Hoover, Ursula Mayer, Annabel Nicolson, and Richard Serra that connect with the historical material in their similar approaches, vocabularies, and artistic strategies.
Overview film program
Section 1: Nan Hoover – Primary Colours  (Netherlands, video, 7:05), Annabel Nicolson – Shapes  (United Kingdom, 16mm, 7:00), Julia Feyrer & Tamara Henderson – Bottles Under the Influence  (Canada, 16mm, 8:00), Sergei Eisenstein – Glumov’s Diary  (USSR, 35mm transferred to video, 5:40), Ursula Mayer – Memories of Mirrors/Theatrical Personalities After Mary Wigman and Madame D’Ora [2007-2008] (United Kingdom, 16mm, 5:00), Annabel Nicolson – Slides  (United Kingdom, 16mm, 16:00), Nan Hoover – Color Pieces  (Netherlands, video, 12:30)
Section 2: Richard Serra – Frame  (United States, 16mm, 20:00), Dziga Vertov – The Eleventh Year  (USSR, 35mm transferred to video, 52:00)
More information about the curator
Jacob Korczynski is an independent curator based in Toronto. A recent participant in the de Appel Curatorial Programme, he has curated projects for the Dunlop Art Gallery, SAVAC, Oakville Galleries, and the Dutch Art Institute, and his writing has appeared in Border Crossings, Prefix Photo, C Magazine, and Fillip. Currently, he is a researcher for the Performance in Residence platform of If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution.