Monday 12.06.17, 19:30
NEW MOSCOW: A RETROSPECTIVE. The happiness machine (Screenings)

Moscow on the eve of perestroika: how totalitarian modernism collided with reality – a story by films and lectures 











Until the early 1930s Moscow hadn’t had a unified development strategy, it turned into a platform for a clash between the old and the new, the birthplace of bold, but scattered experiments. Since Moscow became the new capital in 1918, the city has started changing its identities, and it has been continuing to this day.

Within the framework of the ‘New Moscow: A retrospective’ programme, a series of film screenings and discussions will be held from June 5 to 14. This day of the retrospective is devoted to the period of stagnation: the clash of great modernist ideas and social-economic realities.

19:30 – 20:00 – Discussion ‘Between the theory of modernism and the practice of socialism’ on the ideal Soviet citizen in the ideal Soviet city.

Speakers: art critic, tutor at the architectural school MARCH Oksana Sarkisyan and sociologist, dean of the social science department at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences Viktor Vakhshtein.

20:00 – 20:30 – Screening ‘Health of the Big City’ (1982) by Alla Menitskaya – documentary film about ecology in Soviet cities with over a million population, problems and their solutions.

21:00 – 22:00 – Discussion ‘Modernist myths’ about the relevance of modernism today.

Speakers: historian of architecture, lecturer at the European University in St. Petersburg Vadim Bass and architect Kirill Asse.

22:00 - 23:50 - Screening ‘Taxi Blues’ by Pavel Lungin, who received a prize for directing work at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990, about the feeling of a social vacuum that spills over the gateways and characterises the general unsettledness of Russia in years of perestroika.

A series of events was prepared by the students of the joint master program Advanced Urban Design of the HSE Graduate School of Urbanism and Strelka Institute with the support of the Architecturalia Foundation.

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