Like the Sun

Dmitry Venkov in collaboration with Antonina Baever

Like the Sun film is organized in three story lines, which stand for three distinct types of utopia and at the same time represent three grand areas of human inquiry - art, science, and religion. Each is associated with a character, central to that particular research endeavor, and a location being scrutinized. Three characters: the Girl, the Artist, and the Spy. Three locations: Auroville (India), Moscow (Russia), and Biosphere 2 (Arizona, USA). Either through the exploration of a new type of habitat - an ideal city of spiritual socialism or an artificial ecosystem amidst the Arizonian desert, or through the psychogeographical dérive in the streets of Moscow - the protagonists, although unaware of one another, act in concord and share a common mission. As the projects reveal their utopian nature (the ideal city fails to meet the expectations of its citizens, the science-fiction dream of creating man-made living systems and the situationist agenda of transforming society through art find themselves unrealizable), the characters come together with irreducible extracts of these experiences to create a new culture.

The film was created specifically for the first Bergen Assembly of Contemporary Art, and was repeatedly mentioned by art-critics who wrote about this event. Like the Sun is unique in its reflected usage and synthesizing of different cinematographic strategies and genres within one film: documentary, mockumentary, science fiction, parody, fiction film, video art – the authors combine all theses genres with the purpose of artistic research of the specifics of utopia’s creation and functioning. Hyperreality constructed by Dmitry Venkov in collaboration with Antonina Baever is open for multilevel interpretation by the audience. Besides, Like the Sun actualizes the context related to works of philosophers of the Russian cosmism. The film exists in the register of the national cultural tradition, which is especially important in the light of existing problem of the young Russian artists' integration with their native culture.

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