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Inventing the Future

Eurasia (Questions on Happiness)

Metahaven
Assembling cinematic sequences shot in the Southeastern Urals and in Macedonia, archival footage and animation, Eurasia (Questions on Happiness) sets forth on a journey towards the Eurasian steppe where it meets the New Silk Road. Imagining a fractured continent in the thrall of self-learning data sites that trigger world events, the film confronts various forms of hoax, from cut and paste political doctrines to neo-classical facade architectures. Through modes of science fiction, documentary, and folk tale, Eurasia creates an immersion within layers of media production, wrapping facts in fictions, and fictions in facts. Originally created as an installation by a Dutch collective of artists and designers, Eurasia is an attempt to present Eurasianism as a political, mental and virtual landscape.

The work of Metahaven consists of filmmaking, writing, and design. Films by Metahaven include The Sprawl (Propaganda about Propaganda) (2015), Information Skies (2016, nominated for the 2017 European Film Awards), Hometown (2018), and Eurasia (Questions on Happiness) (2018). Recent publications include PSYOP: An Anthology (Koenig Books, London, 2018), and Digital Tarkovsky (Strelka Press, Moscow, 2018). In the long essay Digital Tarkovsky Metahaven identify online experience as a slow, cinematic proceeding, projecting the textures and motifs of Andrei Tarkovsky as a deeper artifice of digital aesthetics and filmmaking. Metahaven teach at Strelka Institute, Moscow, and are advisors at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam.

The work of Metahaven consists of filmmaking, writing, and design. Films by Metahaven include The Sprawl (Propaganda about Propaganda) (2015), Information Skies (2016, nominated for the 2017 European Film Awards), Hometown (2018), and Eurasia (Questions on Happiness) (2018). Recent publications include PSYOP: An Anthology (Koenig Books, London, 2018), and Digital Tarkovsky (Strelka Press, Moscow, 2018). In the long essay Digital Tarkovsky Metahaven identify online experience as a slow, cinematic proceeding, projecting the textures and motifs of Andrei Tarkovsky as a deeper artifice of digital aesthetics and filmmaking. Metahaven teach at Strelka Institute, Moscow, and are advisors at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam.

Год:
2018
Страна:
The Netherlands
Длительность:
64'
Язык:
Russian, French, English, German
Субтитры:
Russian
Режиссер:
Metahaven
Script:
Metahaven
Producer:
Richard Birkett
Cinematography:
Dima Mishin, Dimitar Popov, Remko Schnorr
Music:
Kuedo, with contributions by J.G. Biberkopf
Cast:
Ilya Lim, Lucie de Bréchard, Timur Saulebaev