Youngest Audience. Photo by Andriy Mykhailov
Open Air Postindustrial Culture at Gogol Fest, Ukraine
Contributed by Open Air Cinema's Ukrainian correspondent, Nicholas Bazanov
Every autumn since 2007 Ukrainian public attention is focused on Gogol Fest
. It's our biggest contemporary art event named after the famous Ukrainian writer Nikolai Gogol
. It is the place to be for multidisciplinary artists, viewers and critics. It's held in an abandoned factory not far from the city center. Altogether it concentrates about two square miles of art installations. Every year the festival's jury receives thousands of applications. An artist must contribute something extraordinary to be included in the program. In this connection Open Air Cinema Foundation Ukraine decided to play its trump card CineBike
Quiet Movement Gogol Fest location powered by CineBike. Photo by Andriy Mykhailov
The Quiet Movement (ukr. РўРёС…РёР№ РҐС–Рґ) urban art-project produced in collaboration with modern Ukrainian architects initiative CANactions
promotes city space optimization with a comfortable combination of nature and industrial. Its main point lies in the location: Riverside should belong to people! says CANactions activist Anastasia Ponomariova with our project we'd like to demonstrate the variety of pastimes at riversides. What could be better than an open air film on a natural riverbank?
As we hosted open air screenings every evening at Quite Movement it became clear to us how well our mutual philosophy's resonate and sync. The community benefits in gathering to watch Street Films
with creative common licenses. We stand for the principle that public spaces belong to its inhabitants, not corporations. Our audience deserves to decide where to watch movies, whether its at the park, beach, or city square.
Riverside should belong to people. Photo by Nicholas Bazanov
In 2013 the highway that separated people from the waterside in Rio de Janeiro was exploded. Currently we do not have official permission to destroy our barriers in that radical way. Evenso, we will keep shedding light on important issues using Open Air Cinema.