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Oksana Chefranova
Yale University (New Haven, CT 06510-1703)

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$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 6/30/2021

Russian Filmmaker Evgenii Bauer (1865-1917): Cinema and Genealogies of the Built Environment in Modern Russia

Research and writing leading to a book about Russian filmmaker Evgenii Bauer (1865-1917), his work in garden design, theater, and film, and his impact on artistic movements in Russia between 1880 and 1917.

From Garden to Kino bridges cinema and environment with a focus on the formation of modern Russian culture in the long nineteenth century. It tells a story of built environments in Late Imperial Russia through the artistic output of Evgenii Bauer, a prolific and aesthetically-innovative director of pre-revolutionary cinema who also created amusement gardens and theatrical féerie in Moscow and whose movement across different media provides a previously unexplored context for the arrival of cinema. Grounded in rigorous archival research, the book redraws the map of early cinema and Russian visual culture; it analyzes the practices of designing milieu and image-making between 1878 and 1917, while arguing that the built environment traverses boundaries between the world of nature and culture, encapsulates philosophical and narrative systems, and serves as an epistemic tool for understanding paradoxes of Russian modernity at the crossover between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.