Songspiel Triptych 2008-2010

Songspiel Triptych 2008-2010

Songspiel Triptych 2008-2010

Perestroika Songspiel. Victory over the Coup 2008. 26’ 23”
Partisan Songspiel. A Belgrade Story 2009. 29’ 27”
Tower Songspiel 2010. 36’ 52”

Video kanal tunggal
Rusia, 2008-2010

Songspiel Triptych is Chto Delat’s project worked on in between 2008 to 2010. The musical film was divided into three parts: Perestroika Songspiel. Victory over the Coup, Partisan Songspiel. A Belgrade Story, as well as the Tower Songspiel. The three series speak on how the process of democracy was conducted following the fall of Soviet Union in the early 1990s.

Perestroika Songspiel. Victory over the Coup (2008. 26’ 23”)
The film reveals the actions following the victory of the restorations’ coup de tat in August 21, 1991. Democracy had gained absolute victory – a never before experienced in the Soviet Union. The film tries to explore and answer the perspectives of ‘heroes’ during the Perestroika era about the current civilization. A choir was presented as the form of rebirth for public opinions, which had been silenced by the ‘heroes’. This particular choir goes head to head with five typical ‘heroes’ who felt they have significant roles in history; a democrat, a businessman, a revolutionist, a nationalist and a feminist. It forced the ‘heroes’ to retake their views at the process on how ‘today’ is formed.

Partisan Songspiel. A Belgrade Story (2009. 29’ 27”)
The film discusses a more universal political message on the presence of oppressor and the oppressed: in this case, the city government, war profiteers and business conglomerates towards the groups of unlucky people such as factory workers, activists/NGOs, disabled war veterans and the minority ethnic. The film is also trying to call the “historical awareness horizons” represented by the “Death of Partisan” choir commenting on the political dialogue between the oppressor and the oppressed.

Tower Songspiel (2010. 36’ 52”)
The final series of Songspiel trilogy started for production in 2009. The film particularly focusing on the discussion of how the Gazporm tower was built within the Okhta Center area in Petersburg, which has become the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. The Gazporm tower had been planned into becoming the new symbol of a modern Russia. How did such symbolism produced? How did the ideological machine of power become functional? How did such project continue despite resistance from the people?

The name was taken from a novel Chto Delat? (What is to Be Done) by a Russian author Nikolai Chernyshevsky who lived in 19th century. It was also a publication’s name of international newspaper published in May 2003. The publication tittle was taken as collective name which was established by a group of artists, critics, philosopher, and authors from St. Petersburg, Mosco, and Nizhny Novgorod. The group intended to link political sciences, art, and activism. Collective Chto Delat produces diverse media such as film, video, radio, music, play, etc. Its work of arts have been featured in several international exhibition