The Film of Kyiv is a long-term project by Kiev-based filmmaker and writer Oleksiy Radynski. This episodic series is formed around filmed observations of architectural locations and areas of urban space in the Ukrainian capital. While the sites chosen by Radynski appear heterogeneous, the subjects in question are points of transition where capital and urban forms overlap in complex webs of past, present and future. Through filmed observations of (and occasional interventions into) the city space, the ideological challenges that contemporary urban space faces are examined first-hand.
This screening of Parts 1, 2 and 3 will be followed by a discussion with Radynski about this episodic series with academic Keti Chukhrov.
Oleksiy Radynski is a filmmaker and writer based in Kiev. His films have been screened at Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, DOK Leipzig, e-flux (New York), S A V V Y Contemporary (Berlin), Royal Institute of British Architecture (London), and other venues. He has given talks and presentations at Berlinale Forum Expanded, Museum of Modern Art (New York), Institute for Contemporary Arts (London), Shtab (Bishkek), Architectural Association (London) and more. His texts have recently been published in Proxy Politics: Power and Subversion in a Networked Age (Archive Books, 2017), Art and Theory of Post-1989 Central and East Europe: A Critical Anthology (MoMA, 2018) and in e-flux journal. He is a participant of Visual Culture Research Center, an initiative for art, knowledge and politics founded in Kiev, 2008.
Keti Chukhrov is an associate professor at the Department of Cultural Studies at the National Research University Higher School of Economics. From 2012-2017 she was head of Theory and Research at the National Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow. Chukhrov is a writer and translator and has authored numerous texts on art theory, culture, politics, and philosophy. Her books include To Be—To Perform. ‘Theatre’ in Philosophic Critique of Art (European University, 2011), and Pound &£ (Logos, 1999) and a volume of dramatic writing Merely Humans (2010). She is currently Marie Sklodowska Curie fellow at Wolverhampton University. She participated at the Bergen Assembly (2013) with her video-play Love-machines, the video-play Specters of Communism was shown at James Gallery, CUNY, New York, 2015. Her latest video-play Communion featured in the International Kansk Video Festival (2016) and the Ljubljana Triennial U-3 Beyond the Globe (2016). Her forthcoming book deals with the communist epistemologies in the Soviet Marxist philosophy and culture of 1960s and 1970s.