From 16 May to 27 June the National Centre for Contemporary Arts and Fakel cinema are hosting an annual media art festival — Videofocus. Created by the National Centre for Contemporary Arts the festival features various trends in contemporary Russian and world art: video, digital graphics, cinematography and science art.
A «Found Footage» exhibition will open the festival. The exhibition features foreign and Russian artists working with found footage. Artists of this genre combine visual art and cinematography, using mainly photography and appropriated footage from cinema.
The main highlight of the autumn programme will be the first Russian retrospective of an outstanding British director: Derek Jarman. The retrospective presents Jarman’s films produced in the 70s-90s when he found a distinctive directorial voice. Jarman’s unconventional visual language is based on images connecting the past and the present, creating a new history and a new myth (a history of Queen Elizabeth I time travelling to the 20th century, an interpretation of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein’s biography and other films). The retrospective will take place at the Pioneer cinema as part of the UK — Russia Year of Culture 2014.
The festival includes a broad educational programme including meetings with artists, discussions with the curator of the exhibition and leading art critics, and a series of lectures tracing the development of video art and experimental filmmaking.
For more detailed information on the programme and schedule please visit the NCCA’s official website.