DIY World of Orest Bachmaha. Conversation and Film Screening
Traven / Pekarska 1c
We invite you to the screening of Orest Bachmaha's films and a conversation about the author's work, ecology, DIY culture, and independent media practices. The Center for Urban History organizes the event in cooperation with the Traven', a space for underground music culture.
Amateur film technology made it possible for alternative cinema to appear, which did not follow the rules of professional cinema and the film industry system. Artists quickly mastered cinema for their own experiments and creativity, not only with the image but also with the technique. However, in the Ukrainian context, the work of such authors remained marginalized and underestimated, if at all given space for development. On the one hand, this happened because of the inflexible institutional mechanisms and the compromised image of amateur cinema as something second-rate. And on the other hand, it was due to the unwillingness of authors to have anything to do with the system. A side effect of this independence is that today we know almost nothing about alternative cinema and media art in Ukraine in the second half of the twentieth century.
The practices of Orest Bachmaha are an example of creative freedom that combines media, technology, and ecology but also is humorous. His best films were made in the 1970s and 1980s. They are distinguished by their attentiveness to nature, the details of the world around us, and technical scrupulousness. It is nature, the connection with it, and the observation of its changes that are the main themes of his works. Through his films, Orest Bachmaha shows his way of interacting with the environment and places himself and his viewpoint in the center of the plot.
Orest Bachmaha (1943-2021) is an artist, photographer, amateur filmmaker, poet, inventor, and craftsman from Vynnyky. He combined his creativity with his love for technology and ecology and tried to create things he could use himself. His films were digitized and included in the collection of the Urban Media Archive at the Center for Urban History.
Some of the author's silent films were soundtracked in 2020 as part of the [unarchiving] program in collaboration with musicians Regina Zheleznyakova (Regina Collage) and Pavlo Olefirenko (Pilikayu).
The event will consist of two parts:
On Tuesday, February 21, at 19:00, we will have a conversation with Oleksandr Makhanets and Pavlo Olefirenko about the author and the new soundtrack of his films. After that, we will watch the short film Portrait of Orest Bachmaha (directed by Olha Povoroznyk) and a retrospective of his films: "The Colors of Summer," "All of This Is Still There," My Weekend," "Pepe," "The Invisible Man," "A Story That Might not Have Happened," "Homo Sapiens."
On Wednesday, February 22, from 18:00 to 23:00, the retrospective will be continuously screened in the " Traven " lower hall.
Entrance to the events is free.
Cover Image: Collage by Mariia Nizhehorodtseva