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Immortality for All: A Film Trilogy on Russian Cosmism

November 19 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium
Introduced by Anton Vidokle

Artist Anton Vidokle’s three-part Immortality for All traverses the utopian tenets of a now all-but-forgotten, but once-persuasive, twentieth-century philosophy known as cosmism — a movement that combined ideas from Western enlightenment, Eastern spiritual thought, Russian Orthodox tradition, and Marxism — and a doctrine that motivated many Soviet-era artists and thinkers. Through visual essay, documents, objects, and performance, Vidokle links the writings of cosmism’s forefather, Nikolai Fyodorov (1829 – 1903), with remnants of Soviet architecture, art, and engineering, while his camera wanders from the steppes of Kazakhstan to the museums of Moscow in search of evidence. The final segment makes a case for the cosmist view that museums must be places of “resurrection.” (Anton Vidokle, 2014–2017, subtitles, 96 minutes)

courtesy Anton Vidokle

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