May 27 – August 28, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, May 27, 6-10pm
The second film of Anton Vidokle’s trilogy on Russian cosmism looks at the poetic dimension of solar cosmology of Soviet biophysicist, Alexander Chizhevsky. Shot in Kazakhstan, where Chizhevsky was imprisoned and later exiled, the film introduces Сhizhevsky’s research into the impact of solar emissions on human sociology, psychology, politics and economics in the form of wars, revolutions, epidemics and other upheavals. The Communist Revolution Was Caused By The Sun aligns the life of post-soviet rural residents and the futurological projects of Russian cosmism to emphasize that the goal of the early Soviet breakthroughs aimed at the conquest of outer space was not so much technical acceleration, but the common cause of humankind in their struggle against limitations of earthly life.
Anton Vidokle (b. Moscow) is an artist based in New York and Berlin. Vidokle is a founder of e-flux and co-editor of e-flux journal along with Julieta Aranda and Brian Kuan Wood. Vidokle’s work has been exhibited internationally, in venues such as the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and dOCUMENTA (13) (2012). He has directed several films including 2084: A science fiction show (2012-2014) with Pelin Tan, which has been exhibited at the Bergen Assembly (2013); La Biennale de Montréal (2014); the Istanbul Biennial (2015); Home Works 7, Beirut (2015); and the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2016). Vidokle’s series of films on the Russian Cosmists, This Is Cosmos (2014) and The Communist Revolution Was Caused By The Sun (2015) have been exhibited and screened internationally at the Shanghai Biennale (2014); Witte de With, Rotterdam, (2015); the 65th and 66th Berlinale International Film Festival, Forum Expanded (2015, 2016); the Moscow Biennale (2015); and the Gwangju Biennale (2016); amongst many others.