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Data Field

Информационное Поле
Director: Alex Anikina

Russia, 2017, short, documentary, 24 mins., Russian with Lithuanian and English subtitles, V

The film is occupied with the idea of a village house as a material and intimate site of story-telling and fiction in Russian history. It is weaved around the artist’s family house that was built by her great-grandfather in the village of Chichevo, near Kolomna. It is from that house, a small witness to the tumultuous events and shifts that the rural Russia has gone through in the 20th century, that the film embarks onto the experiment in narrative scale-shifting, calling onto such monumental points as the fall of Tunguska meteorite in 1908 or death of Lenin in 1924.

In the process the film exposes the folklore origins of contemporary media. Some instances break into the house: a shadow of catastrophe is looming in the background of a news broadcast; the image of a Russian field, filling the screen; the industrialisation propaganda poster doubling as everyday sci-fi. These instances suggest that in all times when the history is emerging out of media, there always emerges a space of our own, para-historical networks in which the oldest images leak forward in time, travel rhizomatically as stubborn agents persisting through replicas and minutes of footage.

About the director

Alex Anikina (born 1989, Kolomna, Russia) is an artist, film-maker and researcher currently a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is Assistant Lecturer on the course Film and the Audiovisual. She works on a dissertation on algorithmic generative film in the framework of critical posthumanism.

As an artist, A. Anikina works with moving image, software and language. Her work has been shown internationally, including VI Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NCCA Moscow, Korean Film Archive and, most recently, Art Sonje museum, Seoul, Sanatorium gallery, Istanbul, Goethe Institute China and Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale. Her works are held in the collection of NCCA (ROSIZO). In 2018 she, along with with Luba Eliott and Yasemin Keskintepe, is curating media art festival IMPAKT (Utrecht, Netherlands) under the title of Algorithmic Superstructures.

Screenplay: Alex Anikina

Dir. of Photography: Alex Anikina

Music: James Wilkie