Lecture by Alan Marcus, cultural historian, film expert, head of the Department of Creative and Cultural Practices, Faculty of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture, Aberdeen State University

17 march 2023 year

A guest lecture "Living witness: representation of a post-traumatic city waiting for peace" by Alan Marcus, head of the Department of Creative and Cultural Practices of the Faculty of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture of Aberdeen State University, took place at Karazin University.

This lecture continues the series of lectures under the auspices of Karazin University "One Lecture Away from Victory: Speakers of the World in Support of Karazin University".

At the beginning of the event, the dean of the Faculty of Sociology, Olena Muradyan, welcomed the attendees and emphasized the importance and relevance of the topic of the lecture — consideration of the post-traumatic experience from the point of view of art, which will help to rethink what was experienced during the war.

During the lecture, Alan Markus emphasized the fact that today the presentation of art is becoming universal. In support of this opinion, he appeals to Pablo Picasso's painting "Guernica" as a reflection of the process of universality. The professor presents his own interpretation of this picture through the film and compares Guernica and the events that took place in that city, including its bombing on April 26, 1937 during the Spanish Civil War, with Kharkiv and the full-scale invasion of russia.

The guest also shared his features, his approaches to filmmaking, which he, in particular, implemented in his film "One Market Day": the concept of observational cinema, in which there is no narrator, the desire to get rid of artificiality, etc.

At the end of the lecture, there was an active discussion and many questions from students and teachers of Karazin University.

Text: Valeria Kharchenko
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