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John Roberts: Some Reflections on Anti-Fetishism and the Early Avant-Garde: Shklovsky, Error and The End of Saint Petersburg

12.12.2017 | 19:30

ORT: Aula der Merz Akademie, Teckstr. 58,  Stuttgart

This lecture looks at the important place Vsevolod Pudovkin’s film The End of St. Petersburg (1927) takes in the transition to a post-avant-garde, or popular-narrative cinema in the Soviet Union during the late 1920s and 1930s. The film’s unstable, formal character makes it an interesting site for the emerging conflicts around the image, as the influence of Futurism on the left avant-garde comes increasingly under attack by the Party. These tensions are vividly illustrated in Viktor Shklovsky’s article ‚Mistakes and Inventions‘ on Pudovkin’s film, published in Novyi Lef in 1927. Based on an analysis of the historical situation surrounding the film, including, on the one hand, theoretical writings by Viktor Shklovsky  and Boris Eichenbaum and, on the other hand, the works and writings of Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Vsevolod Pudovkin and Esfir Shub, John Roberts explores the tension between innovation in art and revolutionary politics as the site of an exploration of differing forms of perception.

John Roberts is professor for Art & Aesthetics at the University of Wolverhampton and an internationally known writer in the areas of art theory, as well as cultural and political philosophy. Following his first degree in English and Art History (Middlesex Polytechnic 1974-1977), Professor Roberts taught and lectured extensively in various fine art departments throughout the UK and overseas, including Goldsmiths (MA Fine Art), University of Northumbria (MA Fine Art) and the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. Since 2000, he has spoken at numerous Universities, museums and public galleries in Europe and North America. He has also worked as an art critic and curator organizing major exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, the Venice Biennale and Camerawork, London, along with projects in Hamburg and Liverpool.

(Vortrag in englischer Sprache, Eintritt frei)

Im Rahmen von Widersprüche visueller Welterzeugung: Geschichtsbild und Antifetischismus als Modi kritischer Bildproduktion
Ringvorlesung der Merz Akademie (Fachbereich Theorie) in Kooperation mit dem Württembergischen Kunstverein und dem Kunstgebäude, Stuttgart.

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