Our Century (1983) and State of Weightlessness (1994): Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Our Century (1983) and State of Weightlessness (1994)

Our Century
7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Thu April 18, 2019
7 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Armenian filmmaker Artavazd Peleshian created a small but astounding body of work from the 1960s to the early 90s, including Our Century, his only feature. Here, Peleshian applies his unique conception of “distance montage” to footage of Soviet cosmonauts, using the space program to find a poetic evocation of the human condition. Maciej Drygas’s film State of Weightlessness also takes Soviet space exploration as its subject, combining contemporary interviews with cosmonauts and archival footage to look at both the tedious realities of space flight (brushing one’s teeth in zero gravity) and the larger cosmic implications.


Our Century, Artavazd Peleshian, 1983, Armenia/USSR, 35mm, 50 min

State of Weightlessness, Maciej J. Drygas, 1994, Poland/France, DCP, 58 min

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at block-museum@northwestern.edu