DNR Filmclub | Polyot na Lunu (1953) & Pervye na Lune (2005)

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Flight to the moon & First on the moon

Di 14 mei | 20:15 uur GROTE ZAAL | Online €6 | Kassa €7 | Ooievaarspas 50%

Russian films from two different eras about travels to the moon

20:15 (Grote Zaal):     Flight to the Moon (Polet Na Lunu, Zinaida and
                                     Valentina Brumberg, USSR, 1953, 30min)
20:45 (Grote Zaal):     First on the Moon (Pervye na Lune,
                                     Aleksei Fedorchenko, RU, 2005, 75min)

Flight to the Moon/ Polet Na Lunu (Zinaida and Valentina Brumberg, USSR, 1953) & First on the Moon / Pervye na Lune (Aleksei Fedorchenko, RU, 2005, 75min)
This double bill combines two different and contrasting takes on space travel in the heady years of the Cold War. The mothers of Soviet animation, the Brunberg sisters’ classic The Flight to the Moon brings us a giddy tale of adventure from the early years of the Space Race, underscored by darker undertones of ideology and indoctrination. A mockumentary detailing a supposed Soviet space mission carried out secretly in the 1930s, First on the Moon adopts an altogether more caustic and melancholy view on the human cost such great endeavours – in the pursuit of ideological imperatives, individuals are often chewed up and spit out by the ruthless machinery of progress.


Along the film screenings, Fly me to the Moon presents four video installations and a sound performance by contemporary international artists, displayed at DNR’s iconic space Het Diepe. While expanding the traditional cinematic format of theatre projection, the exhibition opens up the programme’s thematic realm beyond the frontiers of the Moon to reflect more broadly on human imagination and the philosophical implications of space travel.   
Admission is free

Astronomical (Mishka Henner, 2017)
Mishka Henner’s black-and-white video Astronomical – The Movie is part of the mixed-media art project of the same title, which graphically translates our Solar System into a scale model made of twelve volumes. The book series starts with the Sun placed across pages 1 and 2 of the first volume and ends with Pluto on the last page of the final volume. By turning the book pages, the artist makes us symbolically travel through space and time which become literally touchable. Awarded the ICP Infinity Award for Art (2013), Mishka Henner has been included in major exhibitions at the MoMA, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.

Orion (Bruno Muzzolini, 2016)  
Bruno Muzzolini describes his ten-minute silent video work Orion as “a tiny stellar drift which deals with the conceptual grids we apply to the world in order to control it.” Eight live snails outline the constellation of Orion, one of the most recognizable group of stars on our celestial map. The animals slowly move and break down the structure, conquering the territory outside the frame.
Bruno Muzzolini represented Italy at the 54th Venice Biennial and has exhibited worldwide at institutions such as SOMA (Mexico City), the National Gallery of Arts Tirana, MAMM (Medellin), The living Art Museum (Reykjavik), Scope (Basel). Beside his artistic practice, he teaches Video Art at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan.

Vista Orbis (Sara Khosrawi and Daniel Leix Palumbo, 2019)
Sara Khosrawi’s installation piece Vista Orbis is a composition of found footage that has been captured during various space flights by astronauts at NASA and ESA. By keeping the earth in focus when the most exciting objects of space travel are perhaps other planets, this film imposes a shift in perspective and transmits the exhilarating sensation of orbiting around our own precious world. The film is accompanied by an original soundtrack, composed and performed by Daniel Leix Palumbo. Sara Khosrawi is a young filmmaker and musician who has previously worked as an art director, graphic designer and editor at a Berlin-based film production company, where she mainly worked on projects for automotive brands, like Volkswagen, SEAT and Audi. Daniel Leix Palumbo is a musician and sound designer, and a member of the electronic/post-rock band Fernweh. He frequently collaborates with the Milan-based video-design studio Karmachina, as well as with Italian filmmaker Paolo Ranieri (Studio Azzuro, Karmachina), for whom he composes soundtracks for installations, art exhibitions and video art.