Happy Moscow (2012-2013)


“Happy Moscow” is inspired by Andrey Platonov’s unfinished novel written in early 1930s and first published in 1991. Although poorly known abroad, Platonov is one of the greatest Russian writers of the 20-th century; his novels portray the impossible but exhilarating effort of building a utopian world amidst the horrors of civil war, forced collectivization and industrialization. Most of Platonov’s characters are wonderers moving about the bleak landscape of the young Soviet republic. They are dreaming about the collective future that seems close at hand but utterly unattainable, and are completely indifferent to their own personal fate. “Happy Moscow” tells the life of a young woman named Moscow, who embarks on a quest to find happiness for all the humanity. As other Platonov’s characters, Moscow is not a concrete person but an example of consciousness, a collective thought and a dream about the future that is never to come. In the project, selected episodes from Platonov’s novel are translated into digital assemblages, with a contemporary model inhabiting the footage borrowed from the films of Vertov, Dovzhenko. Eisenstein, and other Platonov’s contemporaries.




Happy Moscow: Prologue, digitized archival footage and digital animation, 2012-2013




Happy Moscow: Chapter 1, digitized archival footage and digital animation, 2012-2013




Happy Moscow: Chapter 3, digitized archival footage and digital animation, 2012-2013