The Factory of Gestures’ World Premiere at the 5. berlin biennale

In the past, the language of gestures was imparted from adults to children, from teachers to pupils, adhered to in books about proper comportment, and rehearsed in dancing lessons. But what happens to bodily memory when change is accelerated, the boundaries between social groups become permeable, and national traditions become blurred due to the fact that over the last hundred years people have become film spectators and the films, which transverse national and social borders, have embedded their everyday experience? Presenting the findings of her vast research on bodily comportment for The Factory of Gestures, a comprehensive DVD project, Oksana Bulgakowa (in collaboration with Dietmar Hochmuth) reveals the alteration of body language in the film and daily life of twentiethcentury Russian and Soviet society.

Oksana Bulgakowa published numerous books and articles on cinema, especially about its Russian and Soviet chapters; she curated the film section for the big exhibition Berlin — Moscow / Moscow — Berlin 1900 / 1950 in the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin and has been a professor at several universities, among them Stanford University, UC Berkeley and (recently) internationale filmschule köln, Cologne. She was born 1954 in Nikopol (USSR), and lives and works since the late 70ths in Berlin. Dietmar Hochmuth has been working as a filmmaker and writer for over twenty years. He directed (and partly produced) four feature films and about 25 documentaries. In addition, he taught film making in different schools and universities (since 1996) in Germany and abroad and he published numerous articles and essays on cinema.

5.berlinbiennale Russisches Haus der Wissenschaft und Kultur
Friedrichstrasse 176-179, 10117 Berlin-Mitte

U6 Französische Strasse

Admission 3,- €