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God with us, 1994, VHS, B/W, 10 min.
This video has the classical three part music form (Andante, Allegro, Andante con moto). Lyrical narration is made from the TV news, shows, films etc. 
Leo Raisman Orchestra.

Kunstsalon Doelberg Berlin 1994; 
Ostranenie'95 Dessau Germany (special recognition and EMARE fellowship);
Russian-German festival of experimental films 1995 Moscow; Festival Berlin in Moscow 1996;
Circles of Confusion 1996 Berlin; TVgallery Moscow; XLgallery Moscow 1999; SklavenMarkt Berlin

Tree days war, 1995, VHS, 11 min.
Reportage about artistic action "Three das war after Budenny" which took place in Moscow from March 31 till April 2, 1995.
Camera: Marat Kim, Maxim Koutskevich

Russian-German festival of experimental films 1995 Moscow;
TVgallery, Moscow; Festival Berlin in Moscow 1996

May 8, 1995, 1995, VHS, 7 min.
This film expressed numerous emotions of the author on the occasion of 50th anniversary of the World War II ending.

Ostranenie'95 Dessau Germany; 
Russian-German festival of experimental films 1995 Moscow;
TVgallery Moscow; Festival Berlin in Moscow 1996; SklavenMarkt Berlin

Cockroach races, 1996, S-VHS, 34 min.
Documentary film about Moscow radical art of 90-s.
excerpts from Sergei Eisensten's "Alexander Nevski" and music by Sergei Prokofiev for the same film are used.

Bauhaus Dessau, 1996; Cluster Images Werkleitz Germany 1996; SklavenMarkt Berlin 

Superhuman Music, 1996, MJPEG, 1 min. 
The three characters of this video are Lenin's dead body, Beethoven's music and the author himself. The action takes place on the Red Square on Moscow and in the Mausoleum.
Lenin (Ulianov), Vladimir Ilyich (used also pseudonyms V.Ilyin, K.Tulin, Karpov etc.) (1870-1924) - Russian thinker and revolutionary, follower of the Marks’s and Engels’s doctrine. In 1993 the German television shot a film in the Mausoleum (Moscow, Kremlin), where the embalmed Lenin’s body was placed in 1924 and kept until now. These materials are used in the film. 
Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827) - German composer, pianist and conductor. Lenin was especially fond of his piano sonatas. According to Gorki, once, while listening to the "Apassionata", he exclaimed: "Superhuman music!" An except from the "Pathetic sonata" of 1798 is used in the film.
Velikanov, Andrej Grigoryevich (used also pseudonyms Budenni and Andrey Gagarin) (born in 1954) - is a contemporary Russian artist, specialized in the performance, video art, net art and literature.

Bauhaus Dessau 1996; Cluster Images Wekleitz Germany 1996; SklavenMarkt Berlin; 
TVgallery Moscow; XLgallery Moscow 1999


Everything is going to be alright, 1996, S-VHS, 6 min.
Three music fragments depend three parts of the film.  The first one is slowly and ceremonial (Italian Capriccio by Peter Tshaikovski) and consists from famous video documents. The second is romantic and kitsch (Violin Concerto E-minor op.64 by Mendelssohn-Barthody). The third one is party-colored mix from political news and music films (Muskrat Rumble by Louis Armstrong).

Bauhaus Dessau 1996; Cluster Images Wekleitz Germany 1996; Circles of Confusion 1996 Berlin;
SklavenMarkt Berlin; XLgallery Moscow 1999


Terminator III, 1996, MJPEG, 3 min.
A parody on a music clip with the participation of two famous Russian action artists - Oleg Kulik and Alexander Brener.

SklavenMarkt Berlin; TVgallery Moscow; XLgallery Moscow 1999; 
New York Underground Film Festival 2000


Oh, Mama!, 1997, MJPEG, 3 min.
Director: Andrey Gagarin (alias Andrey and Julia Velikanov)
Music:"Oh, mama!" by Eliseo Grenet. Havana Novelly Orchestra.
The materials for this video are the fragments from the musicals and the advertising from old magazines. There is the good symbol for this video - the grammar enumeration of the different forms for the verb "dance": do a dance - perform a dance - have a dance with - sit out a dance - classical dance - modern dance - barn dance - belly dance - circle dance - round dance - folk dance - sword dance - tap dance - at a dance etc.

Ostranenie'97 Dessau Germany; SklavenMarkt Berlin; XLgallery Moscow 1999


Some like it without sugar, 1999, MJPEG, 3 min.
Director: Andrey Gagarin (alias Andrey and Julia Velikanov)
Cast: Konstantin Zvezdotchetov, Julia Velikanov
String trio by D.Shostakovitch
The double title refers to a remarkable case in Russian film distribution. The Holywood film "Some like it hot" got the Russian title "Just girls in jazz". In addition the character of Merylin Monroe had the nickname "Sugar" (in Russian translation something like "Sweetheart"). So, all this jazz - sweets, Russian ballet, wriggly spearmint double juicy fruit without sugar, as well tampax, pampers and Dmitri Schostakovitch in gala triumph of the modern media-culture.

SklavenMarkt Berlin; TVgallery Moscow; XLgallery Moscow 1999; Wrozlaw 1999; 
New York Underground Film Festival 2000


Language sign duality is asymmetrical, 2000, MJPEG, 3 min.
One day, walking in a park, the author found an inscription scratched on a bench. It would be nothing strange but there was between pierced heart and sacred "fuck" the following - "Language sign duality is asymmetrical". Very likely one of the students of the Humanitarian University inscribed the famous statement by Fredinand de Saussure to express own attitude to structuralism. This event directs the author to the thought that modern art with its practice of sometimes mechanical adoption of the ideas of the modern french philosophy looks like this comparison - lifted out of context quotations from philosophical articles against a background of gay singing and dancing...
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SklavenMarkt Berlin; XLgallery Moscow; New York Underground Film Festival 2000; Hamburg Short Film Festival 2000;


Virtual body of God, 2000, MJPEG, B/W, 6 min.
music by Thomas Oboe Lee «Morango... Almost a tango», played by Kronos Quartet
edited by Julia Velikanov
translation from Russian by Nikolai Klimeniouk

Virtual Body of God begins from a series of poems written as prayers to God in the form of contemporary advertising. The body of god has been dispersed into a thousand fragments that can be purchased on the market. Selling something beyond themselves that promises to comfort the soul, tampons, chewing gum, and detergent have become the new center of the universe. Searching for something sacred, the anguished individual can only find the banal-sublime products of mass culture.

I believe in one Almighty God, the Father,
Creator of Heaven and Earth
Even when an angel, flying in a great hurry on his business,
Commerce seen or unseen,
Touches me with his wrinkled hand.
Don't you know that God has been dead for ages? - quoth he.
Ili, Ili, lema samakhvani!
Any Pharisee, regardless confession, would translate this sentence in the same way:
We aim to keep the customer completely happy.
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SklavenMarkt Berlin; South by Southwest Film Festival 2000 USA;
Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival 2000 USA


Universal Substitute, 2002, DV, 11'25''.
Shot on October 3, 2001 at the Cosmonauts Training Centre in Zvezdny. The weightlessness training flight with British and Russian participants was organised by The Art Catalyst, London. / Used materials: videos on Russian and American Space Research programs, fragments of coverage of tragic events in September and October 2001: September 11 - terror attacks on New York and Washington / October 4 - Ukranian S-200 missile destroys a Russian civilian airplane over the Black sea / October 7 - cities in Afghanistan attacked from the air / October 8 - nuclear submarine "Kursk" elevated from the bottom of the Barents sea / October 15 - anthrax panic in the US. / Music by Flow Motion, London. "Tenderness" (music by Alexandra Pakhmutova, lyrics by Grebennikov and N. Dobronravov) performed by Tatiana Doronina and Rob La Frenais.


The Other, 2002, DV, 8'15''.
The others are sinners, Chechens and Chinese, the divine forces are lifting up, but Russia is awesome! A short experiment with twelve years old children gives surprising but expectable results. Lacant called a certain psychic phase in the life of a baby " the mirror stage". In example of human baby it's easy to observe how its psychics is determined by the others. Hence Lacant’s paradoxical and polysemantic phrase, “I am the other.” But is it ever possible to leave the mirror stage at all? Aren't we ruled by the stereotypes of mass consciousness all through our life? Especially as their means for reproduction and dissemination become very effective. > video