Giant by Salla Tykkä @ Sport, Sport, Sport: A Screening Programme of Soviet-Era Cinema and Artist Moving Image, Glasgow Film Theatre, 28.9.2014
Giant by Salla Tykkä has been selected to Sport, Sport, Sport: A Screening Programme of Soviet-Era Cinema and Artist Moving Image through AV-arkki’s distribution. The event is programmed in collaboration with Transmission Gallery and Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image [BIMI].
Event: Sport, Sport, Sport: A Screening Programme of Soviet-Era Cinema and Artist Moving Image @ Glasgow Film Theatre
Dates of the event: 28.9.2014, 20.10pm
Curator: Tiffany Boyle in collaboration with Transmission Gallery and Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image
Additional info: Free, but ticketed!
The second in a series of four events, the ‘Sport, Sport, Sport’ screening programme is structured around three Soviet-era cinema works, all of which feature gymnastics: Elem Klimov’s ‘Sport, Sport, Sport’  Věra Chytilová’s ‘Something Different’  and perestroika-era ‘Little Dolls’  from Isaak Fridberg. Rarely or never seen before in the UK, translated and subtitled especially for the programme and all early-career works, the programme engages with the lack of critical material surrounding these films. This lack is mirrored in the absence of attention to sporting themes in artist moving image, and the programme as a whole draws upon the long-running ties between sport, the body in motion and early experiments in film. Through the juxtaposition of the works, the programme examines the relationship between sport in cinema and artist moving image, and the influence of this particular period of film-making and its aesthetics in contemporary art.
The second event takes places as part of the GFT ‘Crossing the Line’ strand, dedicated to the crossover between visual art and cinema. The programme features the Scottish premiere of Vera Chytilová’s first feature-length film, ‘Something Different,’ from 1963. Alternating between fiction and documentary, the narrative contrasts the lives of an anonymous housewife with the Olympic gymnast Eva Bosáková. ‘Something Different’ is preceded by artist Salla Tykkä’s work ‘Giant’ , filmed in the famous Communist-era gymnastics schools of Onesti and Deva in Romania. An experimental documentary, with an inquiry into beauty and the colour white at its core, the work evolved from interviews made by the artist with national gymnasts and their coaches, all of which is frequently interrupted by dictatorship-era archival footage from the very same locations.
Curated by Tiffany Boyle in collaboration with Transmission Gallery and Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image. Presented with Glasgow Film Theatre, Kinning Park Complex and Gordon Square Cinema.
Copyright © Věra Chytilová Film Still from: ‘Something Different,’ 1963. Courtesy of the Czech National Film Archive.