Lines of Resistance: Dziga Vertov and the Twenties (2004)

18 September 2020, dusan

Lines of Resistance is a major collection of writings by and about Dziga Vertov. The book follows the development of his work and opinions from 1917 to 1930, and chronicles contemporary reactions to them, including such personalities as fellow directors Lev Kuleshov and Sergei Eisenstein, artists Aleksandr Rodchenko and Kazimir Malevich, and theorists Walter Benjamin and Siegfried Kracauer.”

Published on the occasion of the first comprehensive retrospective of the films of Dziga Vertov, presented at the 23rd edition of Le Giornate del cinema muto, Sacile, 2004.

Edited and with an Introduction by Yuri Tsivian
Translated by Julian Graffy
Publisher Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, Gemona (Udine), 2004
ISBN 8886155158 9788886155151
xv+422 pages

Reviews: John MacKay (Film Quarterly, 2007), Bohdan Y. Nebesio (Canadian Slavonic Papers, 2007).

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Boris Arvatov: Art and Production (1926–) [Russian, English]

23 July 2020, dusan

Boris Arvatov‘s Art and Production is a classic of the early Soviet avant-garde. Now nearing a century since its first publication, it is a crucial intervention for those seeking to understand the social dynamic of art and revolution during the period.

Derived from the internal struggles of Soviet Constructivism, as it confronted the massive problems of cultural transformation after ‘War Communism’, Arvatov’s writing is a major force in the split that occurred in the revolutionary horizons of Constructivism in the early 1920s. Critical of early Constructivism’s social-aesthetic process of art’s transformation of daily life – epitomised in studio-based painting, photography and object making – Arvatov polemicises for the devolution of artistic skills directly into the relations of production and the factory.

Whilst acknowledging the problems of a pure factory-based Productivism, Arvatov remains overwhelmingly committed to a new role and function for art outside the conventional studio and traditional gallery. Addressing issues such as artistic labour and productive labour, the artist as technician, art and multidisciplinarity and a life for art beyond ‘art’ – finding new relevance amidst the extensive social turn of contemporary participatory art – Art and Production offers a timely and compelling manifesto.”

Publisher Proletkult, Moscow, 1926
132 pages

English edition
Edited by John Roberts and Alexei Penzin
Introduction by John Roberts
Afterword by Alexei Penzin
Translated by Shushan Avagyan
Publisher Pluto Press, London, 2017
ISBN 9780745337364, 0745337368
160 pages

Reviews: Celluloid Liberation Front (Brooklyn Rail, 2017), Noel Halifax (Socialist Review, 2018).

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Iskusstvo i proizvodstvo (Russian, 1926, 45 MB)
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Christina Lodder: Russian Constructivism (1983)

18 March 2020, dusan

“One of the most exciting movements in 20th century art, Russian constructivism radically reassessed the role of the artist and his work. Here, Lodder provides a detailed account of this complex movement and the reverberations it had on culture.”

Publisher Yale University Press, 1983
ISBN 0300027273, 9780300027273
viii+328 pages

Reviews: John E. Bowlt (New York Review of Books, 1984), John Willet (London Review of Books, 1984), Kirill Sokolov (Leonardo, 1984), John Pearson (Slavic Review, 1984), Paul Wood (Art History, 1985), Myroslava M. Mudrak (Art Bulletin, 1987).

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