Dziga Vertov 2.0

Via Karina and Michael: British artist Perry Bard is in the process of producing a collaborative “global remake” of Dziga Vertov’s landmark Man With a Movie Camera. Essentially Bard is inviting volunteers to pick a scene from the original and re-interpret it using their own footage.

This sounds like a really cool project, and as Karina points out, it’s very much consistent with both Vertov’s fascination with new ways of seeing and of the collaborative impulse of movie-making in general. Bard will begin accepting contributions in early August, so if you’re inclined to participate, definitely check it out.

2 Comments »

  1. Vaucanson's Duck Said,

    July 21, 2007 @ 10:03 pm

    This is exciting news. I haven’t heard about this yet, and in the past year I’ve been in search of all things Vertov that I could find. Man With a Movie Camera is a passionate favorite of mine, possibly the only movie I’ve ever seen that makes me feel the way I do while making collages. The heart of our modern age is beating in so many actualities and records from the dawn of cinema, it almost makes me nervous to see what a modern crew might come up with if they truly inhabit Dziga Vertov’s mindset.

    I only saw Vertov’s Man With a Movie Camera a short time ago, but it remains aflame in my memory like the first batch of scratchy Georges Méliès films I saw about ten years ago. Hopefully Michel Gondry will consider a submission? Maybe a parallel entry could be made, using scraps of Decasia, The Gleaners and I, or some Chris Marker and Kore-eda? Hmm…

    Thanks for alerting me to such a beguiling tidbit.

  2. Chuck Said,

    July 23, 2007 @ 1:48 pm

    It is a cool project–I love showing MWAMC in my film classes–just some unforgettable images. The connections to Decasia, Marker, Varda, etc, also sound intriguing.

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