Join us for an exceptionally exciting Film Club at Circle Contemporary Gallery. Curated by Wadebridge Look Group, the season kicks off with a double bill of films by Anton Vidokle, ‘This is Cosmos’ & ‘The Communist Revolution Was Caused By The Sun’, introduced by special guest Cameron Foote, Assistant Curator at The Whitechapel.
Saturday 12th November
16:00 – 19:00 | The Paddock Room
This is Cosmos
Directed by Anton Vidokle | 30 min
Based on the ideas of Russian philosopher, Nikolai Fedorov, Anton Vidokle’s film was shot in Siberia, Crimea, and Kazakhstan. Fedorov, like others, believed that death was a mistake, “because the energy of cosmos is indestructible, because true religion is a cult of ancestors, because true social equality is immortality for all.” Fedorov was one of the Cosmo-Immortalists, a surge of thinkers that emerged in Russia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They linked Western Enlightenment with Russian Orthodoxy and Eastern philosophical traditions, as well as Marxism, to create an idiosyncratically concrete metaphysics. For the Russian cosmists, cosmos did not mean outer space: rather, they wanted to create “cosmos” on earth. “To construct a new reality, free of hunger, disease, violence, death, need, inequality – like communism.”
The Communist Revolution was Caused by the Sun
Directed by Anton Vidokle, Kristina Isaykina | 33 min
The Communist Revolution Was Caused By The Sun (2015), looks at the poetic dimension of the solar cosmology of Soviet biophysicist Alexander Chizhevsky. Shot in Kazakhstan, where Chizhevsky was imprisoned and later exiled, the film introduces Сhizhevsky’s research into the impact of solar emissions on human sociology, psychology, politics, and economics in the form of wars, revolutions, epidemics, and other upheavals.
Anton Vidokle is an artist and co-editor of e-flux Journal. He has exhibited work internationally at venues including Documenta 13, the Venice Biennale, and Tate Modern. As a founder of e-flux, he has organized An Image Bank for Everyday Revolutionary Life, and the Martha Rosler Library. His other works include Time/Bank, co-organized with Julieta Aranda, and Unitednationsplaza—a twelve-month experimental school in Berlin organized as a response to the unrealized Manifesta 6. Most recently, Vidokle exhibited films in the Montreal Biennale (2084: a science fiction show with Pelin Tan) and at the Shanghai Biennale (This is Cosmos, 2014).
Boris Groys is a philosopher, essayist, art critic, and media theorist. He has served as the curator of several international exhibitions, and is the author of publications including On the New (2014), Introduction to Antiphilosophy(2012); Going Public (2010); Art Power (2008); and The Total Art of Stalin(1992); in addition to numerous articles of art criticism and history. Groys is a Distinguished Professor at New York University; the Center for Art and Media Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany; and the European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
Look Groups are a fun way to meet new people and talk about art. Based on the idea of a book group, Look Groups are a network of informal groups throughout Cornwall whose members meet once a month to talk about art, artists and ideas. You don’t need to have any knowledge about art to get involved. Look Groups are friendly and open, and always happy to welcome new members.
Supported by Tate St Ives and the Heritage Lottery Fund.