Memory is a special human ability to accumulate the past and to keep it for the present and future, overcoming the oblivion. We suggest the artists to explore memory as a flexible structure that is migrating in time and space from person to person, from generation to generation, between social groups and nations, between cities and continents, between virtual and real world.

  • Which memory features are important for us?
  • Memory as a process, memory in evolution, memory in search.
  • Lost memory, returned memory.
  • Lapses of the memory and continuous chain of memories.
  • Memory as a mechanism of past actualization.
  • Autobiographic memory and collective memory.
  • Memories about things that never happened and those that are only going to happen.
  • Memory as a premonition of unpredictable future and as a precursor of eternal present.
  • Memory as a stop in time and a leap in time.
  • Memory in the virtual space.
  • The site of memory and memory of the site.
  • Memory of the loss and the loss of memory.

In 2014 “Now&After” festival is being held at the State Museum of GULAG – a place that has accumulated the memories of Stalin’s punitive system. In the area of our special interest there is a traumatic memory: reliving and rethinking of the historical traumas, especially those related to the history of GULAG.

  • There is no entry fee.
  • All rights on videos remain property of authors.
  • Submitted videos must have been completed after January 1, 2011.
  • Running time is up to 10 min .
  • Entry form must be completed online.
  • Each applicant may send maximum 3 submissions.
  • All the films selected for the competition program will be considered by the jury.
  • The authors of the best films will be awarded. The Festival’s Prize Fund is 100,000 rubles (about $3,000).

The director and curator of “Now & After” is Marina Fomenko.