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Public Program: Animated Objects and Forbidden Fantasies

21 June 2013


My whole life I strive at being neither the puppeteer, nor the puppet. That is, neither the manipulator, nor the manipulated.

Jan Švankmajer

The animated films of Jan Švankmajer and Nathalie Djurberg are both captivating and unsettling at the same time. Sharing a candid and poignant style of expression, they create absurd narratives that bring to mind the work of the early Surrealists. 

Through this series of lectures, viewers can discover the hidden meanings behind the everyday objects bought to life in Švankmajer’s films and learn more about the way in which Djurberg uses animals to explore the darker aspects of human nature.


21 June 2013, 19.30 Public Talk: Jan Švankmajer, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg. Moderator: Yulia Aksenova

22 June 2013, 20.00 Decoding the Language of Animation. Maria Tereshenko

20 July 2013, 20.00 Real-Life Puppet Show: Breaking Boundaries in Jan Švankmajer’s Cinematography. Anton Dolin

27 July 2013, 20.00 Nathalie Djurberg: Paradise Lost or Gender Myth? Lyudmila Bredikhina

5 August 2013, 20.00 Playing puppets. Irina Kulik

9 August 2013, 20.00 Art and Ethics. Andrey Erofeev and Yulia Liderman


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