The Tour Continues is a program of films in which real artworks become an inspiration or a catalyst for the fictional story: dramatic, philosophical, romantic, or ironic. The role of art in these pictures is both unusual and natural—it is an important but often invisible part of our everyday and a tool that allows us to make it poetic; a condition of romance, friendship, and social relationships; daily labor and a therapeutic experience—the form and the essence of human life.
In a way, museums and other places where encounters between people and art occur are always working and open. They find an extension and embodiment in the everyday, the social structure, the development of human relationships and connections of various kinds—in the very patterns of human life. And, of course, the materiality and the visible aspect of art are but the tip of the iceberg, concealing immense production and labor processes, which are at least as interesting as their results.
The symbolic capital of art extends far beyond the walls of art institutions and does not really belong to them. Art does not begin, nor does it end at the museum, gallery, cinema, or theatre entrance/exit. Its unilinear and often unpredictable path does not lead to the museum as much as it leads from it—back into the big ordinary world and every human's personal worlds.
In this program, films trace this two-way movement in a form that is just as transient, mixing fictional narratives with documentary perspectives, an essay style, free flow of imagination, historical footage, and reconstructions. One of the recurrent themes of this program is that of the flaneur—a perfect symbol for the unstable, invisible and, indeed, disputable boundaries between art and life, the museum and the city, the artist and the public, an art object and an episode from a viewer’s history.