V-A-C Live: This is not (a) cinema

Broomberg & Chanarin with Peter Broderick

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    Gvidon Chervinsky (Agayants)Experimental collage, 1976, Copyright Alexander Shein

Past Event

This event was on Fri 27 Sept, 7pm

V-A-C LIVE: This is not (a) cinema

27-29 September 2019

Launching This Is Not (a) Cinema, Broomberg & Chanarin present their newly commissioned intervention in to the recently reconstructed Anniversary of the Revolution (1918) by Dziga Vertov, with live score by multi instrumentalist Peter Broderick. Following the performance, the artists are in conversation with V-A-C Foundation Artistic Director, Francesco Manacorda.

Considered lost for nearly a century, Dziga Vertov’s directorial debut is the first ever compilation film with a largely propagandistic agenda. Originally commissioned to celebrate the first year of the self-proclaimed republic in November of 1918, this legendary film was recently re-assembled by film historian Nikolai Izvolov.

Here, Broomberg & Chanarin have employed powerful machine-vision technology to map the physical movement in the film on to a digital rendering, using the mechanisms of 21st century surveillance to re-frame this historic archive footage.

Following on Saturday and Sunday, This Is Not (a) Cinema premieres two radically inventive late-Soviet artistic experiments: SovPoliKadr studio (SovPolyFrame) by Alexander Shein (1933–2015, Moscow) and the CentrNauchFilm (Centre of Scientific and Educational Film) by Vladimir Kobrin (1942–1999, Moscow). Both experiments managed to infiltrate their original briefs – of propaganda or scientific product – with formal, visual and linguistic innovations.


Organised with V–A–C Live, the performance led platform of V–A–C Foundation, founded in Moscow in 2009 for the production of new culture together with artists and audiences alike.

About the Artists

Peter Broderick (b. 1987) moved to Denmark at the age of 20 to join acclaimed Danish ensemble Efterklang. His solo career includes several singer-songwriter albums released by Bella Union. Many of his works for film and dance have been released with Erased Tapes. He lives and works in London.

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin (b. 1970, Johannesburg, South Africa; b. 1971, London, UK) live and work between London and Berlin. They are professors of photography at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK) in Hamburg and teach on the MA Photography & Society at The Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague. Their work has been shown in numerous art institutions such as The Centre Georges Pompidou (2018), the Hasselblad Center (2017), Tate Modern (2015); MoMA, New York (2014).


V-A-C Live - Saturday

The V-A-C Live This Is Not (a) Cinema programme continues on Saturday, with Alexander Shein & SovPoliKadr.


V-A-C Live - Sunday

The last day of the programme V-A-C Live This Is Not (a) Cinema, with Vladimir Kobrin & CentrNauchFilm.