lundi 11 mai 2009

Sergei Eisenstein : The Mexican Drawings


Sergei Eisenstein : The Mexican Drawings
EXTRA CITY
Centrum voor hedendaagse kunst
Tulpstraat 79, 2060 Antwerp
3 April – 21 June 2009
Curators: Oksana Bulgakowa and Anselm Franke
In collaboration with MuHKA
“In 1944 Sergei Eisenstein wrote: “Walt Disney’s work is the most omni-appealing I’ve ever come across. In terms of material, Disney’s pictures are pure ecstasy – bearing all the traits of ecstasy (the immersion of self in nature and animals, etc.). Their comicality lies in the fact that the process of ecstasy is represented as an object: literalized, formalized.”
Eisenstein met Disney in 1930; he admired him deeply and was influenced by his work. In his theoretical project Method (1932–1948), which he initiated in Mexico, he devoted a chapter to Disney. In the manuscript of this unfinished book, Eisenstein examines modernity in its relation to archaic structures and analyzes artworks as reified imprints of pre-logical mentality, as collective dream images. The ecstatic state induced by art is an important starting point for his investigation and Disney becomes a central object of this analysis, as in his work the plasmatic qualities of form, colour, and rhythm, are combined with animism and totemism.”
http://www.metropolism.com/reviews/sergei-eisenstein-the-mexican-dr/

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