Marcel Duchamp: The Art of The Possible – Closing Film (30/05, 20.00)



dir. Matthew Taylor, USA, 90′

with introduction by Kiril Trajchev (professor and PFF selector), in Macedonian

30 May (Saturday), 20.00


What is art? This was the question posed by the father of conceptualism, Marcel Duchamp, when he put a urinal in an art show in 1917. Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible unpacks the paradigm shift of art in the 20th century by Duchamp’s radical and enigmatic works (and idea) that challenged the status quo and unlocked unlimited potential for the generations that followed him. Thanks to Duchamp, art would never again be the same. The film highlights the singular impact of Duchamp’s philosophy and art, and, more importantly, examines how Duchamp’s revolutionary ideas from the early 20th century are still shaping art and culture in the 21st century.

Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible is directed by Matthew Taylor, an artist and award-winning filmmaker, and features interviews with some of the most prominent Duchamp experts and artists, including Marina Abramović, Joseph Kosuth, Ed Ruscha, Michel Gondry and Jeff Koons.


Kiril Trajchev is a professor at the International Slavic University “G.R. Derzhavin”. For a few years he has been teaching also at the Film Academy of the University “Goce Delchev” in Shtip. He is a participant of several alternative and amateur film and theater festivals and realized several short films and theater projects. His texts have been published in several journals and anthologies. He has participated also in many scientific symposiums and conferences. Since 2017 he takes the role of Selector of the Official Selection of Feature Films of the Philosophical Film Festival. He is also one of the organisers of the PFF Caravan in Eastern Macedonia, also organizing youth workshops for film and philosophy.



“Less than a year before his death, the American composer John Cage (1912–1992) proclaimed: “I can’t get along without Duchamp! I literally believe that Duchamp made it possible for us to live as we do.” In his film Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible, Matthew Taylor compellingly illustrates that Marcel Duchamp’s legacy is as profound and pertinent today as it was nearly eighty years ago, when Cage first met him. Relying on interviews with an international array of contemporary artists and scholars interwoven with archival photographs and documents, period film footage, and his own discriminating camerawork, Matthew Taylor offers a fascinating portrait of Duchamp not only as a brilliant, innovative thinker, but also as a captivating individual whose unique approach to both art and life continues to elicit wonderment.”

– Paul B. FranklinDuchamp scholar and editor in chief of Étant donné Marcel Duchamp