MOBILE CINEMA — LECTURE/SCREENING PERFORMANCE OF ROMANA SCHMALISCH
On January 28, 2009 a lecture and screening performance of the artist Romana Schmalisch (Berlin, Germany) was held in the lecturing hall of the Kaliningrad Art Gallery.
«Mobile cinema» is an apparatus which the artist demonstrates in various cities, accompanying the screenings by experimental lectures.
«Mobile cinema» is a reconstruction of a film prop from Alexander Medvedkin’s film «The New Moscow» (1938), consisting of a projection and viewing table. Using this bizarre device – which is a strange blend of an urban model, cinema and plate camera — the principal character of the film, a young engineer, presents his designs and urban visions for the new city on his way to Moscow.
Similar to this movie character, Romana Schmalisch travels to various places with the «Mobile Cinema» and presents some of her films. Her works is the research on urban space, the changes of urban space and the social changes that come with them. In the framework of the screening, a filmic collage of many of her own films as well as filmic materials not previously used, will also be shown.
The presentation of the «Mobile Cinema» project will take place in Vilnius, Kaunas, Warsaw and, on the invitation of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, in Kaliningrad. Here the artist delivered a lecture and presented a series of independent sequences like «The theatre and the small spectacle», «The model and the city in Soviet film», «Views of remote countries/A visual archive», and «A view into space» with texts by Esther Buss, Clemens Krümmel, Megan Sullivan, Marina Vishmidt, a song by Angie Reed. The artist will additionally show the film «Dom Sovietov» (2004) which she shot and realized together with Robert Schlicht in Kaliningrad