Art and Moving Pictures: Reflections on the Media

Art and Moving Pictures: Reflections on the Media

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28.9.2021, 18:30

Conference hall of the Center for Urban History / online

Welcome to the discussion "Art and Moving Pictures: Reflections on the Media," a follow-up to the public program to the exhibition "Society with a Movie Camera." The English-language Wikipedia page on amateur film-making claims that it is a low-budget art of film-making for amateurs, practiced for passion and pleasure, rather than for commercial purposes. In fact, amateur film here is called the "art of cinema" rather than a practice or a way of capturing everyday life. For many people, stories or features shot on narrow film were a form of self-expression and art. With the advent of electronic media, such as video, the practice of private film-making has become even more widespread, and critics have talked about the birth of new art, the video art. In today's world, almost everyone can create video art or make movies, but not everything becomes the subject of a museum display or an object of collection. What features of a film or video work bring it closer to art or, conversely, create the distance from it? What do media artists think?

We will discuss these and other issues during the discussion with artists Oleksiy Khoroshko, Oleh Chorny, and Serhiy Petliuk. The conversation will be facilitated by Bohdan Shumylovych.

The event will be hosted by the Center for Urban History with a live broadcast on the Center's
Youtube channel.

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Oleksiy Khoroshko

Set designer, media artist. From 1993 to 1998, he studied at the Luhansk State College of Culture and Arts. In 2004 he graduated from the Lviv National Academy of Arts. In 2010, Oleksiy was a fellow of the Gaude Polonia program supported by the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage. He is currently a senior lecturer at the Lviv National Academy of Arts, at the Department of Contemporary Art Practices. Since 2017, Khoroshko has been the chief set designer at the Lesya Ukrayinka Lviv Academic Drama Theater.

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Oleh Chorny

Film director, screenwriter, media artist, member of the National Union of Cinematographers of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Film Academy, and Nomadic University for Art, Philosophy and Enterprise in Europe. His feature shorts, art-video works, short and full-length documentaries have repeatedly participated in various festivals in Ukraine and internationally, and enjoyed the awards.

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Serhiy Petliuk

Media artist, graduated from the Vasyl Stefanyk Subcarpathian University (Ivano-Frankivsk), and from the Lviv National Academy of Arts (2005). In 2009 and 2011, he became a fellow of the Gaude Polonia program of the Ministry of Culture of Poland. He participated in group exhibitions and received awards for creative projects. He works in various genres: installation, video installation, new media, painting. One of the organizers and a member of the artistic formation KOMA. He lives in Lviv.

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Bohdan Shumylovych

Researcher, coordinator of the Center’s public history programs.

The exhibition "Society with a Movie Camera"welcomes you to take a look at the world of amateur films. It shares the story of this phenomenon and displays some unique materials never seen before. The exhibition is based on a collection of amateur films from private collections accumulated over the past ten years by the Urban Media Archive at the Center for Urban History.

Opening hours

  • Wednesday – Friday from 12.00 to 19.00
  • Saturday – Sunday from 12.00 to 18.00

The event is implemented within the project "Society with a Movie Camera: History of Visual Modes and Creation Practices in Ukraine," supported by the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.

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The position of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation may not coincide with the opinion of the authors.


Cover Image: fragment from Victor Kyzyma's film "Tree" // Urban Media Archive of the Center for Urban History

Gallery: Olha Zarechnyuk