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[opensource] Fwd: The Factory of Gestures launch party: WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 27 @ NOON, WALLENBERG LEARNING THEATER, WALLENBERG HALL (BLDG. 160) [please send out to all student and faculty mailing lists]

Henrik Bennetsen bennetsen at
Mon Feb 25 16:52:12 PST 2008

 you are cordially invited to celebrate the première of


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*an audio-visual research project by Oksana Bulgakowa*
*realized at the Stanford Humanities Lab*
 *(in collaboration with Dietmar Hochmuth and Gregor Hochmuth)*
The moment when the new technologies of photography, film, and the mass
distribution of images upset the social and cultural practices of the 20th
century is especially striking in Russia, where artistic experiments
coincided with great social cataclysms and the search for a new expressivity
of the body produced sometimes unparalleled results. As the Revolution
disrupted social norms and traditions, Soviet society experienced a radical
change in the gestural code. The abolition of gestural restraints was
interpreted as the liberation of natural man: bad manners were re-evaluated
as socially acceptable behavior, some body techniques that had been
contained within the private space - like washing or calisthenics - were now
accepted in the public sphere, and some gestures from the public sphere were
transplanted to very private settings. The Soviet cinema, which had to
reflect and invent a new social model, used very eclectic sources: the
rhetorical gestures of political leaders, the symbolic gestures of the
imperial code, the eloquent gestures of theatrical melodrama, the new
gestures of decadent flamboyant hysterical bodies, the body language of
American film stars, sports culture, and Taylorism.
Film proposed utopian, sometimes contradictory models of the new body
behavior that should be imitated in reality. A new society striving to free
itself from old rituals was developing a new design of clothing and living
spaces, new standards of perception, and a new body language for a new
anthropological type:* homo soveticus*, a specific version of a man of
*When:* Wednesday February 27: NOON - 2 pm
 *Where:* The Learning Theater on the ground floor of Wallenberg Hall (Bldg.

This event is co-sponsored by the Division of Languages, Cultures and
and the Department of Slavic Studies.
 Please join us!

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Henrik Bennetsen
Research Director
Stanford Humanities Lab
Stanford University

Wallenberg Hall, 450 Serra Mall
Building 160, Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-2055, USA

bennetsen at
Cell: +1 415.418.4042
Office: +1 650.724.5504
Fax:  +1 650.725.0192
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