11/30 Immortality for All: A Trilogy of Films about Russian Cosmism

Immortality for All: A Trilogy of Films about Russian Cosmism

The Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT)


Fri, November 30, 2018

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST


Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

915 East 60th Street

Room 201

Chicago, IL 60637




Today the Russian philosophy known as Cosmism has been largely forgotten. Its utopian tenets–combining Western Enlightenment with Eastern philosophy, Russian Orthodox traditions with Marxism–inspired many key Soviet thinkers until they fell victim to Stalinist repression. In this three-part film project, artist Anton Vidokle probes Cosmism’s influence on the twentieth century and suggests its relevance to the present day. This Is Cosmos (2014) returns to the foundations of Cosmist thought, The Communist Revolution Was Caused by the Sun (2015) explores the links between cosmology and politics, and Immortality and Resurrection for All! (2017) restages the museum as a site of resurrection, a central Cosmist idea. Combining essay, documentary, and performance, Vidokle quotes from the writings of Cosmism’s founder Nikolai Fedorov and other philosophers and poets. His wandering camera searches for traces of Cosmist influence in the remains of Soviet-era art, architecture, and engineering, moving from the steppes of Kazakhstan to the museums of Moscow. Music by John Cale and Éliane Radigue accompanies these haunting images, conjuring up the yearning for connectedness, social equality, material transformation, and immortality at the heart of Cosmist thought.


(Kazakhstan/Germany/Russia/USA, 2014-2017, 96 min., DCP)


SCHEDULE: Panel 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Screening 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Panel and Screening to be held in Room 201.


Co-sponsored by Film Studies.