Broad Underground: Soviet Characters

December 3, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Robin Theatre
1105 S Washington Ave
Lansing, MI 48910

Please join us for another screening of the Broad Underground Film Series this Saturday, 12/3 at 7pm. The screening has been programmed Dr Yelena Kalinsky:

Soviet Characters
Saturday 12/3, 7pm at The Robin Theatre, REO Town
1105 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI 48910

This month’s installment explores underground Soviet video art. Much was contradictory about Soviet life, but the position of the underground artist was among its most paradoxical facets. Working from the margins, underground artists managed to say a lot with very little. This program pairs the first work of Soviet video art, Andrei Monastyrski and Sabine Hänsgen’s Conversation with a Lamp (1985), with Pirate Television (1989-1992), an exuberant and varied collective undertaking by several Leningrad-based artists and musicians and featuring the gender-bending, larger-than-life artist Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe. The Soviet characters that emerge from these videos are not necessarily representative of the larger social body, but they point to the ways that artistic identity, gender, and sexuality flickered, materialized, and shifted in the last Soviet and first post-Soviet years.