Hypnotic videos of Sasha Litvintseva propose sensual film narratives with a displaced sense of reality and another attitude to space and time. The artist is developing her own cinematic language - «geological film making», exploring the time outside of the present moment and the body, as well as the potential ability of cinema to take part in processes of geological formation. According to the artist, in the conditions of contemporary geological and ecological crisis it's essential to learn to think about space and time on a different scale - beyond the phenomenological and historical, to think in everyday life on a planetary level and empathize on geologic scales and time frames. Film making, according to Litvintseva, has potential for such a transformative effect and can show alternative models for a non-anthropocentric world.
In December 15 ISSMAG gallery shows two key films of Litvintseva's artistic practice – Immortality, home and elsewhere (2014, 12:28 min, HD video) and Evergreen (2014, 49 min., HD Video). Before the screening the artist will give a talk about her current research in the course of writing of her PhD on «geological film making», including a show of clips from two new videos, and will answer questions from the audience.
Sasha Litvintseva is an artist, filmmaker, researcher and curator. Born in Polyarnye Zori, Russia in 1989, she lives and works in London since 2004. She graduated from an art foundation course in Central Saint Martins college, bachelor's degree from the Slade School of Fine Art, and master's degree in experimental art from Kingston University. Currently she is writing her PhD in media and communications at Goldsmiths College, where she is one of the founders of the Screen and Audiovisual Research Unit.
Her work has been exhibited worldwide including Wroclaw Media Art Biennial, Poland, The Moscow Biennial for Young Art, Modern Art Museum Moscow, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, Kunstverein Gottingen, Union Pacific gallery, London, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Kasseler Dokfest, Cinema Du Reel, Paris, including solo shows and retrospective screenings at Union Docs, New York, Super Dakota Gallery, Brussels, Courtisane Film Festival, Ghent, Close-Up Film Centre, London, Edinburgh Film Guild, Image/Movement, Berlin, among many others. Her film Evergreen was released on DVD by Filmarmalade in 2015.