Autopia is a project by Matthieu Martin about the utopian city of Avtozavod (Russia) and the avant garde towers of Russian architect Vladimir Shukhov. In 2015 the project started with a residency at the National Center for Contemporary Art in Nizhny Novgorod (NCCA). Through extensive research in newspapers, books and archival footage film, Matthieu Martin explored a mostly unknown collaboration between the Soviet government and the American company Ford at the beginning of the 1930s. Autopia encloses two films: The waltz of Vladimir, 2018 and The Russian Detroit, 2018.
La valse de Vladimir, 2018, video projection, color, sound, loop, 6’25’, dimensions variable. Ed. of 5, 2 A.P. Exhibition view at Aperto Raum, Berlin, 2019. Photo by Katharina Kritzler
The Russian Detroit, 2018, Color video, monitor, 11’31’, Ed. of 5, 2 A.P. Exhibition view at Aperto Raum, Berlin, 2019. Photo by Katharina Kritzler