FILM SCREENING: The Pleasure of Thinking Differently

The Pleasure of Thinking Differently is a film that visualizes Fedor Girenok‘s philosophy. Girenok is a modern Siberian philosopher, professor of philosophical anthropology at the Moscow State University and the father of the Russian achaeo-avantgarde movement.


Presented by Slovo and Eugenia Ellanskaya

24th March 2015, 6.00 pm

Garwood Lecture Theatre, University College London
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
FREE, followed by discussion & wine reception

In collaboration with Girenok’s translator Eugenia Ellanskaya, Slovo journal presents the film by Mark Ditkovskii The Pleasure of Thinking Differently. The film will be screened with English subtitles for the first time.

The film is based on a chapter from Girenok’s book of the same name. In his book the philosopher calls for a shift in philosophical discourse towards visuality and minimalism. Fedor argues: “Philosophical texts have a tendency towards degradation. Texts that possess script-like qualities and dramaturgy are transparent and easy to understand. These texts can be adapted to screen, stage, they can be illustrated. The task of philosophy is to rebuild the structure of texts by inserting visual, communicative, even cinematic elements into them”.


In most cases, films about philosophy are reduced to biographies of the thinkers and recitation of their philosophical ideas. However, the director of The Pleasure of Thinking Differently, Mark Ditkovskii, had a different approach. He was trying to work with the philosophy of language through images and managed to create visual imagery, adequate to the language of Girenok’s philosophy. The result is a dynamic dialogue between the artist and the philosopher.

The screening is free to attend, but please contact for booking.

About Slovo

Slvo is a biannual academic journal edited and managed entirely by postgraduates of the UCL SSEES that covers Russian, Eurasian, Central and East European affairs. The interview with Fedor Girenok appeared in Slovo, issue 26.2.


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