{CANCELED} Boisterous Utopia: Dziga Vertov and Soviet Sonic Culture


What did the Soviet Union sound like, and how do we know that everyone heard the same thing? Although better known for his works of silent cinema, the Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov experimented wildly with sound in his 1931 film, Enthusiasm. Much to Vertov’s disappointment, the film made Soviet critics want to cover their ears; much to his surprise, audiences and critics abroad found Enthusiasm’s noise delightful. This talk explores how a unique attitude towards sound and listening took root in the Soviet Union, where sonic experiences were intentionally discussed in terms wholly different from those used in America and Europe. The case of Vertov’s film demonstrates that the way we talk about sound matters and offers a model for how we can find intersections between listening, culture, and art. 

Matthew Kendall '10 is an assistant professor in the department of Polish, Russian, and Lithuanian Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago. 

Sponsored by the Russian department. Free and open to the public.

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Monday, April 6, 2020 at 4:30pm

Psychology, 105
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202, USA

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