Tune in to the July issue of LAUTSTROM with guest Gal Kirn! We will mainly talk about his upcoming research project on russian film maker Alexandr Medvedkin and his collaborative experiments and films of the 1930’s.

Gal Kirn holds a doctor in Political Philosophy and currently works as a Humboldt stipendiat at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He was a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht (2008-10), a research fellow at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry in Berlin (2010-11), has co-edited the book Encountering Althusser (with Peter Thomas, Sara Farris and Katja Dieffenbach, Bloomsbury, 2012), the book Yugoslav Black Wave Cinema and Its Transgressive Moments (with Dubravka Sekulić and Žiga Testen, JvE Academie, 2012) and edited the book Postfordism and its discontents (JvE Academie, B-Books and Mirovni Inštitut, 2010).

Alexander Medvedkins life span (1900-89) parallels the existence of the Soviet Union and exemplifies the conflictual working conditions of film makers and artists during the Stalin and Post Stalin Era. Even though Medvedkin left a larger oevre of feature and short films, his work remained little known to the international and to the soviet cineastic community.