C E E Y S
CEEYS plays VERTOV
“Man with a Movie Camera“
Jan 13, 2018
Starting in January 2018, Filmmuseum Potsdam presents FLIMMERKONZERTE, dedicated to all open-minded film and music lovers.
The boutique series of film live concerts is carefully curated and organized by the brothers Sebastian and Daniel Selke, also known as the award-winning cello-piano duo CEEYS, founders of Q3Ambientfest and in partnership with Modellbahn Music.
In this first edition, the curators of the series will introduce themselves and musically accompany the silent film Man with a Movie Camera by Dziga Vertov (SU 1929).
»Vertov’s experimental work aims at an international and absolute film language, based on the complete independence that the language of drama and literature creates.«
Already in the opening credits it becomes clear that – at the end of a decade shaped by various upheavals – a revolution of cinema is yet to come. In discarding established elements of silent film for the ground-breaking use of lap dissolves, split screens and animation, avant-gardist Vertov comprises the footage, which was shot in Kiev, Odessa and Moscow over a period of three years, into a fast-moving description of metropolitan life. The camera remains visible at all times and is thereby shifted into the centre of events. Accompanied by it, the viewer races along alleys and gathers in crowded places, he joins locals on their way into factories, their apartments and – of course – the movies.
The music by the brothers performing under the moniker CEEYS – violoncelle (fr. cello) and keys – adopts a minimalistic approach of composition and improvisation. It moves between avant-garde and pop, including elements of jazz, ambient and classical chamber music:
»Raised during the last decade of the former GDR, our releases focus on processing memories, impressions and feelings regarding these rather hybrid times.« – CEEYS
The visuals for the critically acclaimed album CONCRETE FIELDS, which was released both digitally and on vinyl by Decca and Deutsche Grammophon in 2017, were honored with the Rilke Award at the International Poetry Film Festival Vienna. 2017 also marked the first annual Q3Ambientfest, which links avant-garde and pop to Potsdam’s versatile historical architecture:
»In accompanying these carefully selected films, we on the one hand hope to reinforce the close bond to our new home Potsdam – with its fascinating history and architecture from neoclassicism to the prefab buildings structures of the GDR. On the other hand, we seek to share our other great passion besides music – our love for film – with both dear friends and like-minded guests.
Much love and
pleasant times at FLIMMERKONZERTE!«
Sebastian & Daniel Selke
Admission: 10 euros, reduced 8 euros
Drinks available at the foyer.