Yekaterinburg, Russia

Tala Madani, Mr. Time, 2018, video animation, color, sound, 7 minutes 9 seconds. From the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art.

Tala Madani, Mr. Time, 2018, video animation, color, sound, 7 minutes 9 seconds. From the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art.

5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art

Ural Optical and Mechanical Plant/ Coliseum Cinema

Originally published in 1912, Alexander Bogdanov’s short story “Immortality Day” was written in the shadow of Cosmism, a late-nineteenth- to early-twentieth-century school of thought that hailed scientific advances such as blood transfusions and the evolving understanding of genetic inheritance as stepping-stones to eternal life. Bogdanov’s wry narrative follows the interplanetary chemist Fride as he hits a midlife (early-eternity?) crisis, spurred on by the realization that, having dedicated centuries to the intellectual pursuits of astronomy, literature, and art, he had exhausted his brain’s capacity for engagement. Not only that, but while he may have figured out a way for physical bodies to live forever, emotional wiring is more complicated. Fride has sired some fifty children by at least eighteen wives and countless lovers, but he lacks the ability to form attachments to his offspring

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