Evgenii Bauer (1865–1917) was a Russian director of client cinema, most known for his extraordinary use of set design, mise-en-scene, and camera work, pioneering for his time. Since rediscovery of his films in the 1980s, Bauer has come to be seen as the major film-maker of his era not only in Russia, but in silent cinema in general. The topics he covered in his productions – of love, female emancipation, class, society – were ahead of his time, and resonate with audiences till today.
The screening of Evgenii Bauer’s Child of the Big City (1914) was curated by Andrew Knight-Hill, Maria Korolkova and Margarita Vaysman and was accompanied by The New Music Ensemble’s live performance of a newly written score by Andrew Knight-Hill.
Donbass Odyssey is an art project which tells stories of cities and towns in the Donbas region of Ukraine. Since 2015 Donbass Odyssey (Одиссея Донбасс) has been collecting oral histories of internally displaced, as well as mental maps of their hometowns and houses. These oral and visual stories are later shared through art interventions in public space and exhibitions. Donbass Odyssey has exhibited and completed interventions in Ukrainian cities of Kyiv, Odesa and Lviv, and was recently shown at a Migration Stories Festival in Izmir, Turkey.The authors of Donbass Odyssey art project (Julia Philipjeva, Darya Tsymbalyuk and Victor Zasypkin) discuss their work in conversation with Dr Victoria Donovan. The Byre Theatre, Byre World event, 30th of January 2019
Lost Detectives: Adapting Old Texts for New Media
Dr Claire Whitehead is in conversation with author-illustrator, Carol Adlam, about their new project of adapting Semyon Panov’s 1876 novel ‘Three Courts, or Murder during the Ball’ into a graphic novel. They discuss the birth of Russian crime fiction and Panov’s work more broadly before moving on to discuss the sorts of questions that need to be considered in adapting an old text into a new medium: issues of historical accuracy, character and characterisation, plotting as well as generic conventions’.
You can find out more about the project here: lostdetectives.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk
Marci Shore is Associate Professor of History at Yale University and the award-winning author of “Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation’s Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968”, and “The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe”. Her writing on the intellectual history of Central and Eastern Europe appears in the New Yorker, New York Times, TLS, New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, and the Economist.
Dr Emily Finer joins Professor Marci Shore for a discussion of her most recent book: “The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution”. The Byre Theatre, Byre World event, 13th of February 2019